To many residents and new town and parish councillors the operation of and requirements for those councils is at first sight bewildering.

This is because both town and parish councils have few duties i.e. things they MUST do but a broad range of powers i.e. things they may do.

To a large extent the operation of the council is defined in law. This guide is for residents, new councillors and clerks who want a basic check-list of what people, documents and processes their council should have.


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The Must Haves

Should haves (size and activity dependent)


This guide is indicative and not definitive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal requirements.


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