Role of the Parish Council

The Parish Council is a corporate body with various roles, responsibilities and duties:

Roles:

  • To represent the views of the community
  • To support activity in the community
  • To provide relevant services to the community where it has a legal power or duty to do so

Responsibilities:

  • To hold at least four meetings a year
  • To appoint a Clerk to carry out the Council’s functions
  • To manage the Council’s finances in line with accounts and audit regulations and appoint a responsible financial officer, who is the Clerk, in Pitcombe’s case
  • To maintain a Freedom of Information Act publication scheme
  • To consider the impact of their decisions on Crime and Disorder
  • To follow the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010
  • To consider biodiversity
  • To consider the health and safety of the public and council employees

Duties:

  • To act in accordance with the law
  • To elect a chairman
  • To be a good employer