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Parish Councils: Cost-Effectiveness

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to abolish grants for best-value compliance to parish councils. (182082)

Section 136 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 removes parish councils from the duty of best value. Paragraph 3 of Schedule 7 to the 2007 Act removes the Secretary of State’s power to make grants to parish councils in respect of their costs of complying with best value. We intend to commence both provisions with effect from 1 April 2008.