Detail of outcome
The proposal on which we consulted was implemented by the Legislative Reform (Payments by Parish Councils, Community Councils and Charter Trustees) Order 2014. This was made on 11 March 2014 and came into force on the following day.
The outcome of the consultation and the action taken by the government in response are set out in the explanatory document that accompanied the draft of this order when it was laid before Parliament in November 2013.
This consultation proposes the removal of the statutory rule requiring cheques and other orders for the payment of money by parish councils (in England) and community councils (in Wales) to be signed by 2 councillors. The proposal also covers a similar rule applying to certain charter trustees in England.
The government proposes that this should be done by a legislative reform order made under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006. The paper sets out the safeguards that would apply to payments by these bodies once the 2 signature rule is removed.