What powers do community and town councils have?

Community and town councils have the scope to deliver many services, depending on the size of the community they represent and their budget. Examples of services provided by community and own councils include:

public information signs and noticeboards
public seating and bus shelters
war memorials
community centres and indoor recreation facilities.

Community and town councils work closely with the county or county borough council in the area, representing the interests of their communities. They can also work in partnership with other organisations (including other community or town councils in the area) to deliver services. By offering support, including funding, equipment or premises, community and town councils can also help others bodies to provide services, such as child care, services for the elderly, environmental initiatives and arts and sports activities.

The Good Councillor’s Guide 2012, gives more detail about the powers available to community and town councils.
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