Page 4 - All-About-Local-Councils
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What are local councils?                 parish, community or neighbourhood
There are around 9,000 parish, town,     council, and has a mayor.
community and neighbourhood councils
(local councils) representing around     What services do they
16 million people across England. They   provide?
form the most local level of government  Your local council has an overall
and cover many rural and urban areas.    responsibility for the well-being of your
The latter includes many of our larger   local neighbourhood. Their work falls
cities such as Birmingham, Leeds and     into three main categories:
Newcastle. Recent changes to the law
mean that it is now possible to create   • representing your local community
a local council in London, last seen in  • delivering services to meet local
the capital in the 1960s. To ind out
if there is a parish, town, community          needs
or neighbourhood council in your area    • striving to improve quality of life in
contact the National Association of
Local Councils (contact details are on         the parish.
the back page of this booklet).
                                         Your council might provide, maintain or
                                         contribute to the following services:

What’s the difference                    • allotments
between parish,                                leisure facilities
town, community and
neighbourhood councils?                  • bus shelters
Not a great deal. They all have the            litter bins
same powers and can provide the same
services.                                • car parks
                                               local illuminations
The only difference is that a town
council has decided that it should be    • community centres
known as a town council instead of a           parks and open spaces

                                         Parish, town, community and
                                         neighbourhood councils are collectively
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