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Local people are more in touch with what their local community or                7
neighbourhood needs or wants than Whitehall. Town and parish councillors
are the backbone of their communities and have the support of local
people. The Localism Act is the government’s affirmation that we support
communities, and through the Act have introduced a range of ways that
communities, with the help of town and parish councillors, can bring to life
the changes they want to see. This guide has been produced to help you
use a range of tools, including those provided by the Localism Act, to help
make decisions about the things that directly affect you, enabling stronger,
more vibrant, more resilient and independent communities.
Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for
Communities and Local Government
As the first tier of local government, parish and town councils are uniquely
placed to make a major contribution to localism. If we are to play a
significant part in democracy, it is essential we fully understand our role and
responsibilities. I strongly commend this guide to both experienced and new
councillors as it clearly defines the required core skills including ongoing
development and training. This is so very necessary if we are to better serve
our local community and respond to the many challenges that lie ahead.
Mike Evans, Whitely Parish Council & Vice Chair of Hampshire Association of
Local Councils
I have found the Good Councillors Guide invaluable as an introductory
guide to the roles and responsibilities of councillors. It is written in a
clear, concise way and I recommend that all my councillors, whether new
or experienced, use it as a quick reference guide!
Mrs Sam Shippen, FCIS, Fellow ILCM, CMC, Town Clerk, Seaford Town Council

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