What is a Local Council?

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 (more later).
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