Your council is a corporate body , a legal entity separate from that of
its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The
council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important
authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of
powers to spend public money.
Your council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Other tiers,
known as principal councils or authorities , have many legal duties to deliver
services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport,
environmental health and social services. Local councils have the legal power
to take action, but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take.
They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and
improving the quality of life and the local environment.
Furthermore they influence other decision makers and
can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you
and your council can make a difference.
Your Council are required by law to maintain their written rules of operation in line with national guidelines.
The relevant rules for Bainton and Ashton can be viewed by contacting the Parish Clark.