Published: 12th Jan 2021

The government should give every local area the ‘right to self government’ through a parish or town council, according to a new report. The report by the think tank Onward warns plans to ‘level up’ parts will fail, unless there is a concerted effort to empower local communities. It argues this can be achieved is by giving every local area a parish or town council. At present, only 25% of England is represented by a parish or town council, compared to 70% of Wales and 100% of Scotland, and many recent attempts to create them have been thwarted by boroughs or districts, the report notes. Instead, it argues that in next year’s devolution white paper, ministers should pave the way for the widespread introduction of town and parish councils, while also giving town and parish councils the right to assume ownership of, and responsibility for, green spaces, community sports facilities, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)