IN BRIEF: Study published on opinions of local communities

The value of parish and town councils as platforms for the opinions of local communities has been highlighted in a study published this week. The Centre for Local and Economic Strategies research examines the role of the councils as a means of community governance and identifies potential benefits in re-establishing this traditional tier of government. The paper claims that the councils are good at adapting to issues as they emerge and have a depth of awareness of local concerns. It also highlights training and tension problems between different tiers of government.

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