We are marking Local Democracy Week 13-19 October with a wealth of information about registering to vote, how to vote and other ways to have your say on issues that matter to you.
Today is all about making the most of your town or parish council.
Just like all other tiers of authority, town and parish councils are elected by the public. They are the first tier of local government and play a vital role in engaging with local people and helping to shape their communities.
They have a variety of powers and duties vested in them through Acts of Parliament however, not all town and parish councils decide to exercise all of these powers. Some focus on their representative role, campaigning on local issues and lobbying other agencies to take action. Others carry out an enabling role, funding local projects and organisations, whilst some provide services and amenities from allotments to bus shelters, cemeteries and play areas.
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, says: “Town and parish councils do a great deal to improve local services and the quality of life in their communities. They vary in size and capacity so it’s worth going along to a meeting to find out exactly what services your town or parish council can offer.”