Q: What’s the difference between the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council and the Annual Parish Meeting?
A: These are 2 completely different meetings which have very different purposes. They are however frequently confused. Strictly they are the Annual Meeting of the Parish and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Both meetings apply to town councils as well as parish councils.
It is worth noting that Town and Parish councils do not have AGMs (Annual General Meetings) as they are not limited companies, clubs or associations but part of local government whose operations are defined in legislation.
Both meetings are open to the press and public but what is said and done at each meeting is fundamentally different. One is formal whilst the other should be relatively informal. There are specific legal requirements as to when each meeting must be held.