History of Parish Councils

The current system of parish councils was formed by the Local Government Act 1894. There are currently around 10,000 parish councils in the country.

Any community can ask to have a parish council and, in fact, many new parishes have been formed in recent years -particularly in urban areas.

Parish councils are the tier of local government which is closest to individual communities and therefore have the greatest potential for identifying, understanding and addressing the needs of the communities they serve.

While some larger councils are run along party political lines, there is no expectation that you have to join a political party. The vast majority of parish councils are not split by party politics.

Person specification

Criteria Essential   /Desirable
Over 18 and on the electoral register

Y

A resident of the parish for which you are standing (although there are certain exceptions)

Y

Able to attend regular evening meetings

Y

Interest in local issues and things which affect people.

Y

Keen to improve the local environment and quality of life.

Y

An understanding and willingness to represent the views of the whole community.

Y

An interest in learning and developing your role in the community

Y

Jan 8, 2019 | Posted by | Comments Off on History of Parish Councils