Ilmington Parish Council



Ilmington Parish Council

The Parish Council forms a democratically elected corporate body with a legal existence separate from that of its individual members. It is accountable to the electorate and is responsible for its actions.  
Residents pay what is known as the ‘precept’. This is a property tax, the level of which is decided every year by the Parish Council to meet its budgeted expenditure in order to carry out the everyday needs of the parish. The precept is the Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax collected by the District Council. A large proportion of the Parish Council’s budget is spent on administration (paying the Parish Clerk’s salary, audit fees, subscriptions, insurances, rents, etc.).
Consulting with and listening to the residents to understand their needs, their wishes and their concerns is an essential aspect of Parish Councillors’ work, often working in partnership with other organisations, including Electoral Ward Councillors, the voluntary and community sector, to improve the services and quality of life of parishioners.
Parish Councils have limited duties and an interesting history.  

IPC   Click here for a list of duties that are under the remit of local councils
  Click here for the history of Parish Councils



The Parish Clerk is the Council’s Proper Officer. This means that the clerk is not similar to a secretary, simply taking the minutes at meetings, dealing with correspondence and archiving documents; the clerk is a qualified officer, providing both professional advice concerning the laws of governance and administrative support to the Council. Answerable only to the Parish Council as a whole, the Clerk takes action to implement Council decisions and acts as its finance administrator. They may also act as focal point and answer queries from the general public.
The Parish Clerk, whose professional independence and delegated powers (if agreed by the Council) allows them to act on behalf of the council, must be formally agreed by the full council. Parish Councils are given legal powers, under a number of Acts of Parliament, to carry out its functions (see main listing below). Duties are actions that the council must take by law. The Parish Council has fewer duties than County and District Councils, but it has a greater freedom of choice as to what local actions, considering practicalities and finance, to take on behalf of the village residents.
The Parish Council’s central role is to act in the interest of the whole Parish community. Taking corporate actions to improve quality of life and environment of the community. Councillors try to provide this service responsibly and openly; to that end they are bound by strict codes of conduct.

Quick Links

The Parish Councillors

The Parish Clerk

Sarah Furniss
29 Vincent Avenue, Stratford on Avon CV37 6SR
T: 01789 295827
M: 07786938072