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About Parish Councils

Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people.

What is a Parish Council?
It is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972.  It operates in the area of a defined civil parish or group of parishes.  In Peterborough there are two tiers of local government –Peterborough City Council and Parish Councils.  Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.  They -

What powers do Parish Councils have?
They have a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, bus shelters, and much more.  The Council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, which collects the tax for the Parish Council.

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