The legislation relating to Town and Parish Council Minutes is outdated. This guide is a broad introduction to that legislation which is more than 40 years old. The law on openness and transparency has recently been changed in a piecemeal manner.

This is leading to confusion as to the publication requirements of minutes amongst clerks, councillors and most importantly residents.

This guide contains limited practical guidance as it is intended as an introductory overview.

This guide is an introduction for residents, clerks and councillors. Much more detailed information is available on specific topics on other CPALC guides.


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

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