associations are frequently asked to give support to communities interested in
setting up a local council and ERNLLCA is no exception. It has therefore
compiled a guidance manual, in association with its regional partner the
Yorkshire Associations, to assist community groups through the complexities of
parishing an area and setting up a new local council.
It may help to explain the term ‘local council’. We often refer to ‘local
authorities’ or ‘our local council’ when we mean the council which provides services
such as emptying our bins, providing schools, social services or libraries.
The council in a parished area has traditionally been known as the ‘parish’
council but increasingly the term ‘local council’ is being used. This is
because the word ‘parish’’ has a distinctively rural feel to it and other
styles such as ‘community council’ or ‘neighbourhood council’ are far more
appropriate in an urban setting.
The term ‘local’ council is therefore the generic word used for the first tier
of local government in England and includes parish, village, town, community
and neighbourhood councils.
The guidance manual is particularly targeted at community groups interested in exploring
the benefits to their local community of having a local council and to those
key individuals who are taking the lead and championing the creation of new
councils. It is however also intended to be of value to other local councils
associations and principal authorities throughout England.
As local councils are statutory bodies there is inevitable reference to the
legislative framework within which councils have to operate and which guide the
setting up of new councils. The manual helps navigate through the legislative
process following a structured approach from concept through to the first
meeting of a new council. It covers issues such as:
background to local councils, including powers and responsibilities and
how local councils are funded
process for creating local councils
advice on how to manage consultation and getting your message across
happens once the decision is made
the council day to day
does not end with this manual – ERNLLCA is able to offer practical advice and
support throughout the process of parishing an area and establishing a new
council...you only need to ask!