The Parish Council is an important part of the structure of local democracy and has a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. The Council has a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters. The Parish Council also:-
The Parish Council is financed by local residents through the Precept. This is the Parish Council's share of the council tax, and is used to help improve life for the local community in many ways.
Each year the Parish Council is obliged to assess how much money is required to effectively administer the parish. This is done through a budget process where receipts and payments are considered for the forthcoming year. The Parish Council then notifies Babergh District Council of the amount of money required, which is sent to the Parish Council in two equal amounts in April and September each year.