Welfare Checks - Who should sign

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Welfare Checks - Who should sign

Postby miorio » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:39 pm

The question has come up in Bishopric meeting as to whether any member of the Bishopric
could sign a welfare check on restrict that to the Bishop alone

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Postby aebrown » Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:50 pm

miorio wrote:The question has come up in Bishopric meeting as to whether any member of the Bishopric could sign a welfare check on restrict that to the Bishop alone

As with all expenditures, the Bishop must personally approve each check used for welfare assistance. But the actual signatures on the check can come from any authorized signer (except that no one may sign a welfare check that benefits himself or his family).

Details are in Handbook 1, where you will find the requirement that the Bishop must approve each expense, but you will not find any statement that the bishop must personally sign any check.
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Postby crislapi » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:30 pm

As with any check, there must be two signers. As for who they may be, ae_brown answered that adequately.

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Postby dannykos » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:15 am

I would suggest that the only reason I would encourage a bishop to always sign a welfare cheque would be to keep the number of people who know about the welfare situation down to an absolute minimum.

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Postby daveywest » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:28 pm

Per the audit forms, the Bishop's signature on the expense summary printout is sufficient authorization for finance approval standards.
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Postby simonawright » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:20 pm

We are encouraged to operate a budget and so expenses for activities etc would already have been approved in principle and the counsellors would be paying for something that is already agreed. The Bishop would not need to sign the cheque but would approve the expense on the summary.

Welfare expenses are not normally planned in advance and so they would need the Bishops authorisation at that time. Having said that there will be occasions when a welfare need can be forseen and the counsellors can be authorised by the Bishop to sign the cheque.

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