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Parish / town councils and councillors

Parish or town councils are the most local level of government in England.

They are independent of other levels of local government, ie. district and county council, however they maintain a close working relationship with both.

The powers of parishes vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters. Other, larger, parishes undertake many duties such as street lighting, managing cemeteries, allotments, commons, village halls, war memorials and markets etc.

Liaison Meetings are held quarterly between the district council and parish councils.

Parish councillors

Parish councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the council.

Parish councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Parish councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting. Chairs and Clerks of Parish Councils

The parish council toolkit

The Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors has produced a web guide to Good Governance in Parish Councils.

Designed as an aid to memory the toolkit will assist parish clerks in ensuring good governance within their parish councils. It will also be an essential reference source for promoting high standards of conduct within parishes.

Toolkit for Parish Councils

Parish Council Chairs and Clerks (also lists Parish Council websites)

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595895
Online: contact form

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