NALC Legal Topic Notes: Meetings
This page contains Legal Topic Notes which include information on Meetings.
 COUNCILS’ POWERS TO DISCHARGE THEIR FUNCTIONS
1. When powers are given by Parliament to a council, they are given to the full council. Unless councils make arrangements to delegate some of their functions to committees or officers, decisions can only be made by the full council.
 THE CHAIRMAN OF LOCAL COUNCILS
This LTN shows legislation that governs Chairman of Local Councils.
 THE POWERS OF A PARISH MEETING IN A PARISH WITHOUT A SEPARATE PARISH COUNCIL
Purpose, Name, Style, Constitution and Governance.
Unless indicated otherwise, references in this note to sections are references to sections in the Local Government Act 1972 ("the 1972 Act") and references to paragraphs are references to paragraphs in Part III of schedule 12 to the 1972 Act.
 THE POWERS OF A COMMUNITY MEETING IN COMMUNITY WITHOUT A SEPARATE COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The community meeting of a community consists of the local government electors for the community (section 32(1) Local Government Act 1972). The meeting is not required to assemble annually, but may meet at any time (paragraph 30(1) of schedule 12 to the 1972 Act).
 PARISH AND COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
This Note deals with the law and procedure relating to meetings of local councils, their committees and sub-committees. Meetings of Parish Meetings are set out separately in Legal Topic Note 6 (Meetings of Parish Meetings).
 MEETINGS OF PARISH MEETINGS
This note explains the statutory requirements which apply to a meeting (hereinafter referred to as an assembly) of a parish meeting of a parish with or without a separate parish council.
 NON-COUNCILLOR MEMBERS OF COMMITTEES
This Legal Topic Note outlines the circumstances in which local councils may invite non-councillors to sit on council committees. Non-councillors may be invited to sit on two different types of committee:
The purpose of this Note is to give a brief overview of the law relating to contracts in England and Wales. It is hoped that local councils gain a better understanding of the role of contracts and how they may make better use of them. This Note describes how contracts are created, how they operate, and the consequences of breaching them.
 ALTERNATIVE NAMES AND STYLES FOR PARISH COUNCILS
Pursuant to the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act“), parishes with a separate council, are known as parish councils. Pursuant to s. 245 of the 1972 Act, any parish council of a parish which is not grouped with any other parish may resolve that the parish shall have the status of a town. If such resolution is passed, that council of the parish bears the name of the council of the town, the chairman and vice-chairman of the council shall be entitled to the style of town mayor and deputy town mayor, and the parish meeting shall have the style of town meeting.
Decisions made by local authorities and other public bodies which are based on bias or predetermination have always be open to legal challenge by judicial review. There is useful caselaw which gives guidance on how decision-makers such as councillors should avoid bias and predetermination.