The Council derives its powers from statute. A few of these are mandatory but most are discretionary. In all cases, both Members and Officers must work within the law.
The Town Clerk acts as advisor to the Council to ensure that it acts within the law at all times. From time to time this may mean the Clerk advising members during a meeting to alert members to possible legal issues in the decision making process.
A full list of the legal duties and powers of a Town Council can be found on Page 32 – 38 of The Good Councillor Guide.