Parish councils

  • 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.

  • Pressure on parishes

    18 October 2016

    Government proposals on council tax referenda are worrying and parishes need to voice their concern, says Ian Miller

  • Parishes call for council tax referendum probe

    28 September 2016

    Plans to force parish councils to have referendums for council tax rises are ‘a centralist sledgehammer to crack a nut’, leaders have claimed.

  • A re-organisation too far

    15 September 2016

    MP Alec Shelbrook’s proposals for local government reform risk destroying the ‘local’ in local government, warns Professor Colin Copus

  • Missing in action

    03 February 2016

    Norfolk CC and Breckland DC member Denis Crawford hit the headlines last week.

  • Chief executive launches probe after elections mistake

    23 December 2015

    A council chief executive has launched an investigation after a ‘significant error’ meant his authority will have to run two parish elections again.