Governance

Parish and town councils are the grass-roots of local Government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they do have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the district or county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils. By becoming involved the local community you can directly affect how these powers are implemented.

The Parish Council has to operate under strict legal guidelines, which govern whether it has the powers to make decisions on issues raised. Lawful items for discussion and decision have to be listed on the Parish Council’s agendas.

The conduct of the Parish Council is regulated both by statute and by the Council’s Standing Orders. In addition, the Council has a separate set of rules governing how it spends and accounts for its money.

The Council’s key policies can be found below:

Standing Orders
Code of Conduct
Model Publication Scheme
Financial Regulations
Grant Award Policy
Complaint Procedure
Records Management and Retention

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