Local Council Rules

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.

There is a requirement in law for each council to publish their rules in line with national guidelines.

The local rules adopted Barnack and Ashton can be viewed by contacting the Parish Clark.