Carnforth Town Council

Powers & Duties

You may be aware that the law determines what a parish or town council like ours must do (its duties), what it can choose to do (its powers), as well as what and what it cannot do.

Parish/Town councils can only do what they have been given a specific power to do by statute.  They do not have an unlimited power to do whatever they choose!

It is illegal for a parish/town council to spend money if it has no statutory power to act.  A parish/town council can act ultra vires – beyond its legal powers to act – if, for example, it spends money without the statutory power.

Carnforth Town Council has produced a document setting out all of its power and duties and is available here

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