WHAT YOUR COUNCIL MUST DO
There are very few duties of the council (what the council MUST do) set out in law. The most important duties are as follows:
- The council MUST hold at least three meetings a year in addition to the Annual Parish Council meeting
- The council MUST elect a Chair but there is no duty to elect a Deputy Chair
- The council has a duty of law to keep a record of its meetings in the form as minutes
- There are certain other procedures which the council has a duty to follow in relation to meeting procedure, such as advertising meetings to the public at least 3 clear days in advance of the meeting
- The council has a duty to consider providing allotments if at least six members of the electorate requests that it does so
- The council MUST appoint a Responsible Financial Officer
WHAT YOUR COUNCIL CAN'T DO
Parish Councils cannot do anything that is not outlined in the Local Government Act 1972, the Localism Act 2011 or other relevant Acts of Parliament. If the council attempts to act outside of the remit of these acts it is acting 'ultra vires', 'outside its powers'.
Much of the responsibility for the parish, such as highways, planning and streetlighting lies with the principal authority, in our case North Lincolnshire Council. The Parish Council can lobby the principal authority to carry out works or provide facility but has no power to force them to do so.