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Community Governance and Boundary review

Information about the changes to arrangements for parish reviews.

Under previous arrangements for parish reviews, responsibilities were shared between the Electoral Commission's Boundary Committee and the principal councils, with the former largely responsible for parish areas, and the latter responsible for parish electoral arrangements. This was a far-from-ideal situation, confusing for principal councils, parish councils and electors alike.

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 ("the 2007 Act") transferred full responsibility for parish reviews - "Community Governance Reviews" - to principal councils in England.

Community Governance Review is a review of the whole or part of the principal council's area for the purpose of making recommendations with regard to creating, merging or abolishing parishes, the naming of parishes, the electoral arrangements for parishes and grouping arrangements for parishes.

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