Town and parish councils (known as 'local councils') are part of local government in England and have many legal requirements to satisfy in their day to day business. In addition, years of experience have shown that there are certain ways of working which can be considered 'good practice'. The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) has brought these legal requirements and some of the more important aspects of good practice together to form a guide of 'recommended standards' which it hopes all local councils in Cumbria will follow.
This 'Good Council Guide' is a guide to CALC's recommended standards. It explains what the standards are, why they are important and how they can be achieved. It seeks to help all councils become 'good councils'.