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 in 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 – re-adopted May 2023)
Complaints procedure 23.05.10
Financial Regs as agreed 23.12.04
Financial Risk Assessment
Grant Application Form
Grant Award Policy 2022-23
Guide to Information and Schedule of Fees 23.05.10
Model Publication Scheme
Privacy Notice amended 23.05.10
Records Mgt and Retention Policy 23.05.10
Standing Orders