Parish councils

  • Government to intervene over 5G concerns

    14 October 2019

    Ministers are reportedly set to write to planning authorities urging them not to block the introduction of 5G technology.


  • Something to chew on

    28 November 2018

    PETA, the animal welfare charity, gave a good lesson in PR campaigning this week when it called on the Dorset village of Wool to change its name, alleging that it represents cruelty to sheep.


  • Community councils should cover whole of Wales

    03 October 2018

    Community councils should be extended to cover the whole of Wales, a study for the Welsh Assembly has concluded.


  • Torbay to consult on town council proposals

    25 September 2018

    Members in Torbay have narrowly voted to go ahead with a review that could see new town councils created across the area.


  • Parish pressure over council tax support

    09 April 2018

    Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.


  • A tribute to the unsung heroes of public service

    28 June 2017

    In the shadow of a series of national tragedies and the loss of her father, a town councillor, Sandra Dinneen delivers a heartwarming tribute to those who serve day in and day out within their communities.


  • Time to connect the disconnected

    24 May 2017

    With a recent focus on the handing of powers to a collection of high profile regional mayors, Sue Baxter urges the next Governement, whichever hue it may be, to push devolution down to the grass roots.


  • Pressure on parishes

    18 October 2016

    Government proposals on council tax referenda are worrying and parishes need to voice their concern, says Ian Miller


  • Parishes call for council tax referendum probe

    28 September 2016

    Plans to force parish councils to have referendums for council tax rises are ‘a centralist sledgehammer to crack a nut’, leaders have claimed.


  • A re-organisation too far

    15 September 2016

    MP Alec Shelbrook’s proposals for local government reform risk destroying the ‘local’ in local government, warns Professor Colin Copus


  • Missing in action

    03 February 2016

    Norfolk CC and Breckland DC member Denis Crawford hit the headlines last week.


  • Chief executive launches probe after elections mistake

    23 December 2015

    A council chief executive has launched an investigation after a ‘significant error’ meant his authority will have to run two parish elections again.


  • A bitter sweet symphony

    30 October 2015

    Andrew Muter, chief executive of Newark & Sherwood DC, explains why the devolution agenda is in danger of descending into farce.


  • Leader fears devolution failure

    30 September 2015

    Doubts have been cast over the success of Hampshire’s devolution bid by a local district leader, as momentum builds behind the ‘double devolution’ agenda.


  • Cornwall leader demands devolution pledge

    30 March 2015

    Cornwall Council leader Cllr John Pollard has called on the leaders of the main political parties to support the county’s drive for greater devolution.


  • Parishes answer planning problems

    05 March 2015

    James Derounian and Elisabeth Skinner advocate local authority and community involvement – all at modest cost, requiring no new legislation or invention of mechanisms.


  • Government should think again on business rates

    03 September 2014

    What is the role of town councils in local economic development?


  • NALC hits out at Government business rate decision

    02 September 2014

    Town councils are ‘bitterly disappointed’ at the Government’s decision to reject proposals to give local councils a share of the business rates.