Standing for election

Doing it right

If you would like to know what a Parish Councillor does or have asked the question “Could I stand for election?” then the document entitled “Doing it right” (PDF 1.7 MB) will give you all the information you need.

This document was produced the Democratic Services Team at South Somerset District Council with Mr Peter Lacey of Somerset Association of Councils.

The index for this document is as follows.

HOW DO YOU BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR
Elections 2
Resignations 2
Failure to Attend Meetings 2
Co-options 2
MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES
Your First Parish Council Meeting 3-4
What is a Parish Council? 4
What is my role as an individual Councillor? 5
Officials of the Parish Council 5-6
When and where should meetings be held? 6
Who may convene meetings? 6
How much notice has to be given? 7
What business may be discussed? 7
How are decisions made? 7-8
Example of an amendment? 8-9
What are the powers and duties of the Chairman? 9-10
What is a quorum? 10-11
What are the rights of the press and public? 11
Speaking at a meeting? 11-12
How do I get an item on the agenda? 12
What can Local Councils do? (list of powers) 13
General Expenditure Power? 14
Has a Parish Council unlimited powers within a parish? 14
What are the penalties if a parish exceeds its powers? 14-15
Power of Wellbeing 15
FINANCE
How does the Council obtain income to meet its expenses? 16
How is the money managed? 16
Who audits the books? 17
THE PLANNING PROCESS & PARISH COUNCILS
What is Planning? 18
Local Development Framework 18
Planning Permission 18
Listed Building Consent 19
Other types of application 19
The Planning Process 19-20
Material considerations 20-22
The Role of the Parish Council 22-23
Attached files

Doing_it_right___July_2009.pdf (1.7 MB)