Parish and Town Councils (Local Councils)

There are 19 parishes in Bradford District.

Parish, town, community or village councils are the most local level of government in England. They are independent of other levels of local government, i.e. metropolitan and county councils; however they maintain a close working relationship with them.

The services provided by parish councils vary depending on how large and how active the councils are. Some meet infrequently and are actively involved in very few matters, whilst others undertake many duties such as managing cemeteries, allotments, commons, village halls, and war memorials etc.

Parish councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting.

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