Parish and town councils are the grass-roots of local Government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they do have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the district or county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils. By becoming involved the local community you can directly affect how these powers are implemented.
The Parish Council has to operate under strict legal guidelines, which govern whether it has the powers to make decisions on issues raised. Lawful items for discussion and decision have to be listed on the Parish Council’s agendas.
The conduct of the Parish Council is regulated both by statute and by the Council’s Standing Orders. In addition, the Council has a separate set of rules governing how it spends and accounts for its money.
The Council’s key policies can be found below:
Code of Conduct (Oxfordshire Model – adopted June 2022)
Grant Application Form
Grant Award Policy 2022-23
Guide to Information and Schedule of Fees
Model Publication Scheme
Records Management and Retention Policy