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LGC research: Parishes step into breach as austerity bites

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Parish and town councils are taking on services to fill gaps as principal authorities cut provision, LGC research reveals.

In our survey of parish clerks, deputies and elected members, supported by the National Association of Local Councils, just under half of respondents said their council had taken on an additional service in the past year.

Most said this extra service was within public realm (47%), with others stepping in to support housing and planning (18%), property management (14%) or transport (10%).

The research also revealed more parishes were supporting ‘big ticket’ services such as economic growth and regeneration (14%) and health, wellbeing and social care (10%).

LGC’s research forms part of our special report on parish and town councils supported by NALC.

The report includes case studies of parish work on health and wellbeing, economic growth, housing and planning and devolution to parish level. Click the image below to read the full report.


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