Parish councils

  • The unusual suspects

    20 April 2022

    You may have heard of The Usual Suspects, the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster.


  • No flower power here

    12 April 2022

    Unlikely as it may be, St Blaise Town Council has found itself at the centre of a media storm.


  • A way of doing politics differently

    05 April 2022

    Can we do politics in new ways that engage people rather than being alienating, adversarial and fraught? Ann McGauran listened to the views of a Stronger Things panel.


  • Jackie Weaver did not have the ‘authority’ to mute and eject councillors

    30 March 2022

    Jackie Weaver did not have the ‘authority’ to mute and eject councillors from the online parish council meeting that went viral, an investigation has concluded.


  • District warning over parish push

    15 February 2022

    Making it easier to establish town and parish councils could be a ‘recipe for confusion, higher costs and slowing down the transformation of public services,’ the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.


  • A good shout

    09 November 2021

    In one of the least convincing rebrands of the last few years, notorious Handforth Parish Council has been rebranded as (*checks notes*) Handforth Town Council.


  • Jackie weaves her magic

    26 May 2021

    It seems everyone has a podcast these days.


  • Parishes issue vote of no confidence in Hartlepool

    10 May 2021

    Four parish councils have asked to leave Hartlepool BC following ‘several years of increasing frustration’.


  • The case for virtual meetings

    27 April 2021

    Jackie Weaver – star of Handforth Parish Council’s viral meeting – argues the case for stepping out of the dark ages and allowing councils to hold their meetings online.


  • Making Counties Count: Don’t they Already?

    02 November 2020

    Steve Leach and Colin Copus argue a move to county-based unitaries would ‘draw local government away from recognisable communities and increase the drift to meaningless conglomerates’.


  • The importance of ‘getting’ all the tiers of the local

    30 September 2020

    A belief that central Government doesn’t ‘get’ councils was a theme at The MJ Future Forum. But Jonathan Flowers argues we need to look at our own localism issues.


  • The height of cautiousness

    07 February 2020

    With the EU gone, at least the Great British public can rely on health and safety to send the blood pressure through the roof.


  • Kettering to create town council

    20 January 2020

    A new town council is to be created as part of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.


  • Government to intervene over 5G concerns

    14 October 2019

    Ministers are reportedly set to write to planning authorities urging them not to block the introduction of 5G technology.


  • Something to chew on

    28 November 2018

    PETA, the animal welfare charity, gave a good lesson in PR campaigning this week when it called on the Dorset village of Wool to change its name, alleging that it represents cruelty to sheep.


  • Community councils should cover whole of Wales

    03 October 2018

    Community councils should be extended to cover the whole of Wales, a study for the Welsh Assembly has concluded.


  • Torbay to consult on town council proposals

    25 September 2018

    Members in Torbay have narrowly voted to go ahead with a review that could see new town councils created across the area.


  • Parish pressure over council tax support

    09 April 2018

    Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.


  • A tribute to the unsung heroes of public service

    28 June 2017

    In the shadow of a series of national tragedies and the loss of her father, a town councillor, Sandra Dinneen delivers a heartwarming tribute to those who serve day in and day out within their communities.


  • Time to connect the disconnected

    24 May 2017

    With a recent focus on the handing of powers to a collection of high profile regional mayors, Sue Baxter urges the next Governement, whichever hue it may be, to push devolution down to the grass roots.