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The Society

The Society

The Society of County Treasurers represents the chief financial officers of the twenty-seven county councils in England as well as eleven unitary councils that share similar interests in local government issues. Together, these authorities represent 47% of the population of England, 24 million people, and provide services across 86% of its land area, 43,000 square miles.

The Society provides a forum for members to share expertise on financial issues affecting large local authorities. It also enables counties to speak with a united voice; as a Treasurers’ Society it is recognised as a key local government stakeholder by central government and the Local Government Association.

Meetings

The Society holds six meetings a year in London and is supported by the Technical Support Team, who provide a paper detailing issues in local government finance to every meeting.

In addition to the Society’s regular meetings, also held are an annual Spring Seminar for chief financial officers and their deputies, an autumn seminar in the President’s local authority and an annual dinner in December. The Society is funded by a small annual subscription from each member authority which contributes towards the costs of the Society’s events.

Officers and Lead Advisers

The Society is represented on the national stage by the President and supported by several other officers as follows:

       President
       Vice-President
       Honorary Secretary
       Honorary Co-Secretary
       Honorary Treasurer
       Honorary Auditor
       Dinner Secretary

A number of Society members act as advisers on policy areas of interest to the Society. The current list of Society lead authority advisers are for the following areas:

       Finance
       Adults Social Care and Health
       Children’s Services
       Pensions
       Waste
       Transport and Environment
       Growth 

County Councils Network

The Society has close links with the County Councils Network (CCN). A Lead Adviser to the CCN, a senior member of the Society of County Treasurers, is appointed annually by the Society. The Lead Adviser delivers a report on developments in local government finance to the six meetings CCN holds each year and attends meetings between CCN and central government when finance issues are being discussed.

A Brief History of the Society

Established in 1903 as the County Accountants’ Society, the SCT adopted its present name in 1950 and later a formal constitution.

Following the retirement of the Society's Honorary Treasurer (and Essex County Treasurer) in 1997 Essex Archives Online (EAO) accepted custody of the SCT's archives. However, ‘A History of the Society of County Treasurers’ has been compiled summarising this information  and includes a full list of SCT members who have held the post of President.