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The good councillor’s guide                           Page
Essential guidance for local councillors
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Contents			                                              10
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	Introduction	                                           11
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Part One	    Where are you heading?	
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	 1	 Councillors 	                                        19
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	 2	 The council 	                                        24
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	 3	 Your community	
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Part Two 	   Due care and attention	                      31
	            4	 The rules	                                33
	            5	 Rules for councillors	                    35
	            6	 Rules for employers	                      36
	            7	 Rules for dealing with public money	
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Part Three	  Getting underway	                            39
	            8	Meetings	                                  42
	            9	 Being prepared	                           45
	            10	 At the meeting	                          46
	            11	 After the meeting	
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Part Four 	  Delivering the goods	                        51
	            12	 Services and community rights	           51
	            13	Planning	                                 53
	            14	 The parish or community-led plan	        54
	            15	 The Quality Council	                     57
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Part Five 	  The toolbox	

	 16	Hazards	

	 17	 Important documents	

	 18	 Important links	

	 19	 Sources of advice and information	

	 20	 List of legal powers and duties	

INDEX			

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