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Powers and Duties

Every council must act within the law. It can only spend, raise or use money if it has a statutory power to do so otherwise it acts ultra vires (beyond its powers).

Parish Councils have a wide variety of powers under different Acts of Parliament. Most of these powers are discretionary, ie a council may do something, rather than it must do something. Click on the pdf document for a list of council powers and duties (not exhaustive).