Governance & Procedures
Parish Councils were established as the first tier of local government in 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages. Swainswick Parish Council discharges its duties and powers within the law and according to its governance policies. These policies are reviewed annually.
The rules governing the behaviour of Parish Councillors are set out in a of Code Conduct which was last updated in June 2015 in accordance with Government and B&NES policy. Parish Councillors are required to register and disclose certain personal interests under the new standards arrangements introduced by the Localism Act 2011. Whilst B&NES administers the register of interests for all its Parish Councils, it is a requirement that where a Parish Council has its own website, its Register of Members’ Interests must be published on the website. In accordance with the Swainswick Parish Council Code of Conduct, all members of the Parish Council are required to declare any gift or hospitality worth more than an estimated value of £50 which the member has received by virtue of his or her office, this is recorded in the Register of Members’ Interests.
Parish Councillors work to rules on how Council business shall be conducted These rules are set out in the Standing Orders adopted by the Parish Council.
The way in which Bath and North East Somerset Council works together with its local Councils (Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings) is set out in the B&NES Parish Charter. This charter is currently under review.
Swainswick Parish Council is a member of the Avon Local Councils Association (ALCA) which provides support and training for the Parish Councillors and Clerk. Through ALCA, we receive support from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).
NOTE: Here are further details on the Councils Functions and Powers
New Transparencey Code Legislation
Under the new Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities, we are required to publish our Accounts by 1st July each year. Meeting Agendas and Minutes will also be available on this site.