Local councils are the first tier of
governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a
community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in
England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'local council' is synonymous with
'parish council', 'town council' and 'community council'.
There are over 10,000 local councils in
England and Wales, representing the concerns of local residents and providing
services to meet local needs. Parish councils have a wide range of powers
including looking after community buildings, planning, street lighting,
allotments. They also have the power to raise money through council tax.