Parish councils

  • Breaking bullying’s grip

    13 May 2024

    The acceleration of inappropriate behaviour in town and parish councils is leaving staff in fear for their jobs. Will the Government take action? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Why not open up better channels with your parish colleagues in 2024?

    20 November 2023

    The parish and principal council sectors need to work much better together to ensure the best possible outcomes for residents, writes Mark Smith.

  • Thinking big and delivering locally

    08 November 2023

    Chippenham Town Council may be a parish council, but is structured as and acts like a district or borough council – and that was always the plan, says Mark Smith.

  • The city of dreams

    05 September 2023

    ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.’

  • A mixed bag in Yorkshire

    26 July 2023

    Considering his face is always covered, it’s one of life’s ironies that Count Binface is perhaps one of the most recognisable figures in British politics.

  • It is time to recognise clerks

    07 July 2023

    Local Council Clerk Week is taking place from 10 to 14 July. Rob Smith says clerks are truly at the heart of everything their councils do and it’s time we celebrated their achievements.

  • Parish poll sparks fresh modernisation call

    28 April 2023

    Ministers have been urged to ‘modernise the archaic 40-year-old system’ of parish polls after what is thought to be the first on a tax rise.

  • Local Councils have stepped up

    02 February 2023

    Rob Smith sets out the main conclusions of a landmark report based on the Society of Local Council Clerks’ survey of town, parish and community councils.

  • Whitehall urged to engage more with towns and parishes

    31 January 2023

    Parish councils and principal authorities should agree a ‘duty to consult’ across tiers of local government to boost the levelling up agenda, a report has found.

  • Call for professionalisation of councillors

    05 December 2022

    The role of councillor should become a full-time profession as part of further devolution, it has been argued.

  • Setting high standards

    27 July 2022

    West Parley Parish Council’s colourful planters are the pride of the village every summer.

  • 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.