A History of Membership
The Society of County Treasurers was established by the County Accountant of Warwickshire in 1903, with membership open to County Accountants and Finance Clerks. However, a constitution adopted by the Society in September 1927 redefined membership to the Chief Financial Officers of English and Welsh counties.
The membership of the Society of County Treasurers has survived successive reorganisations of local government. Traditionally, members have been derived from upper-tier county council authorities known as shire counties. Following the establishment of single-tier unitary authorities in the 1992 Local Government Act, membership expanded to include unitary authorities with similar interests in local government issues.
The three unitary authorities of Herefordshire, Isle of Wight and East Riding of Yorkshire became members of the Society following local government reorganisation in the mid-1990s. In the latest reorganisation of local government in April 2009 five former county councils, without changes to their boundaries, became unitary authorities. Two further counties, Bedfordshire and Cheshire, were each split into two unitaries along former district borders. All of these authorities remain members of the Society. As such, the SCT membership represents almost every upper-tier authority in England outside large metropolitan areas.
The Society of County Treasurers currently has thirty-nine members, consisting of the Chief Financial Officers, or Treasurers, of twenty-seven upper-tier shire counties and twelve unitary shire councils in England. Collectively, member authorities have similar interests in local government issues, represent 48% of the population of England and provide services across 87% of its land area. Society members may also act as Treasurers of other bodies such as police authorities or combined fire authorities. Former county treasurers remain honorary members of the Society.
A list of current Society member authorities can be found below, (unitary authorities are identified by an asterisk).