Exclusive LGC research has revealed the most comprehensive picture of parish and town council service delivery so far produced, and uncovered the scale of desire of this tier of government to provide additional services.
The survey of 414 local council clerks and deputies – part of LGC’s special report produced in association with the National Association of Local Councils – found that significant minorities of town and parish councils were involved in providing ‘big ticket’ services that are usually within the remit of their principal authorities.
Just under 15% said they deliver or help to deliver health and wellbeing services, while around 12% said they are involved in economic growth. Around four in 10 said they provided housing services while just under 1% were involved in social care provision.
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The survey also hinted at strong ambition among parish and town councils to take on more and greater provision. When asked which services they would like to deliver that they did not currently provide, 70% of respondents sought to add at least one additional service to their council’s remit.
The top 10 services the respondents would like to add to their remit were: traffic calming measures; activities for older people; economic growth; youth services; highways; housing; health and wellbeing; community safety; tourism support and footpath and bridle path maintenance.
There were small but significant pockets of enthusiasm for becoming involved in aspects of some of the biggest services provided by principal authorities. Just under one fifth wanted a role in economic growth; around 15% wanted to provide health and wellbeing or housing services; and just over 10% wanted to take part in social care provision.
The top 10 services local councils provide (or help the principal authority to provide) were: recreation grounds; public seating; litter bins; grant funding for community activities; bus shelters; public buildings; allotments; war memorial maintenance; footpath and bridle path maintenance; and maintenance of burial grounds, cemeteries, churchyards and crematoria.