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Parish council definition

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What does Parish council mean?

The Local Government and Rating Act 1997, s 11 allows a community within England and outside Greater London at the village, neighbourhood, town or similar level beneath a district or borough council to demand its own elected parish or town council.

They are statutory bodies, with members elected for a term of four years and funded principally by an annual precept. They have a large range of powers covering planning, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation, management of town and village centres and providing community halls. Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (LGPIHA 2007), pt 4, principal authorities can create new parishes and make changes to existing parish arrangements following a review by means of a reorganisation order. Please note, the LGPIHA 2007, pt 4 is an amending provision, the substantive provision is the Local Government Act 1972, pt I


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