This note addresses a range of recent issues affecting parish and town councils. It includes an explanation of what they are and their place in the local government structure; the powers they can exercise; how they may be established and abolished; and how complaints about them may be pursued.

This note applies to England only.


1   Parish councils

2   The precept

3   Parish council powers

4   Creating new parish councils

5   Complaints regarding parish councils

6   Parish and town councils: recent policy changes

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