The hidden costs to local (parish and town) councils in providing popular community services such as Christmas lights have been raised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
Cirencester Town Council has an estimated population of 20,000 residents, with a precept of £908,895. There are 15 locally elected councillors – two representing the wards Abbey, Beeches, Chesterton, Four Acres, St Michaels, Stratton and Watermoor, and one councillor representing New Mills Ward.
With the Plunkett Foundation opening their Rural Community Ownership Awards, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is encouraging local (town and parish) councils to put forward rural community businesses who have had a positive impact in their local community.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the publication of the government’s Social Housing Green Paper, last week.
The Princes Countryside Fund has launched the Recharging Rural report, which shows rural communities are increasingly helping themselves to improve their quality of life but feel as though they are becoming more remote.