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The activities of a Parish Council are a matter of legislation.  All Parish Council’s have to restrict their business to a list of prescribed Services and Duties and may not spend public money on anything that does not have a statutory provision.

The link below is to a list of Parish Council powers and duties;

Powers and Duties

Items on the list are not what a Parish Council MUST provide, rather a list of items that a Parish Council may be asked to consider or to lobby District/County Councils to provide.

There are exceptions; A Parish Council’s main aim is to improve the quality of life and the environment for residents.  Consequently a Parish Council might become a catalyst in schemes such as the bulk buying of fuel which benefits the community.  The Council could engage in some facilitation and information exchange, but due to a lack of statutory provision, could not incur any expense on such a scheme.