Putting the parish perspective back in town

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Communities Minister Don Foster is today announcing new measures to bring parish powers back to the towns and cities of England so more people can run local services and take decisions that affect their area.

Although there are almost 10,000 parish councils in England, only a handful are to be found in urban areas. For example Birmingham has just one (New Frankley) and Queen’s Park Community Council in Westminster will be the first in London for nearly fifty years when elected next year.

So, while almost all of the country is covered by parishes geographically, only around a third of the population is represented by one.


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