The Parish Council Is the first tierof government. In Dunchurch Parish it is non-political.
The Parish Council is not the Parochial Church Council
What does the Parish Council do?
It is the job of the Parish Council to represent the interests of the whole community, and Parish Councillors have a responsibility to be well informed about diverse local views. The Parish Council is empowered by Parliament, including having authority to raise money through taxation [the Precept] and to spend that public money.
These are only some of the issues that concern your Parish Council on a regular basis the list is not exhaustive. In the future, Central Government is to encourage Parish Councils to deliver more services and to play a greater part in their communities.
We can - the list is not exhaustive
We cannot - the list is not exhaustive
Structure of the Parish Council
There are ten Parish Councillors who are elected every four years, and are volunteers.
Of the ten Councillors, there is one Chairman and one Vice Chairman.
The Clerk to the Parish Counci l and the Responsible Finance Officer/Administrator positions are paid employees of the Parish Council, they do not have voting rights.
How to become a Parish Councillor
Every four years the Council is dissolved and all ten Councillors have to be reappoint ed. At this time anyone who lives in the Parish aged 18 years or over and meet the criteria for office can put themselves forward as a potential Councillor. If there are more prospective Councillors than places there is an election in the same way as all e lected representatives are selected. If there are only enough nominees or insufficient there is no election and all are automatically appointed. If, during the course of a four - year cycle a Councillor leaves , for whatever reason, the vacancy will be publ ished again if more people apply than there are vacancies available there will be an election otherwise the Parish Council can co-opt a new Councillor.
The Parish Council meets eleven times a year [not in August] on the first Tuesday of every month; this may vary in an election year. The public is entitled to attend and listen to discussions, and 15 minutes are set within the meeting for the public to address the meeting. The Parish Council deals with a wide variety of issues and is well repres ented on County and District matters by the respective Councillors who regularly attend Parish Council meetings
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