Town or parish councils are the first level of government.
They're independent of the Council, but maintain a close working relationship.
Parish powers vary depending on how large and how active they are.
Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters.
Other larger parishes are responsible for many duties, for example:
- street lighting
- cemetery management
- village halls
- war memorials
Parish councils with a turnover not exceeding £25,000 must abide by the Department for Communities and Local Government's Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities.