No Referendum Principles for Local Councils

21 December 2021

The government has announced that it does not propose to set ‘referendum principles’ for town and parish councils in England for 2022/23. This is ‘in expectation that parish and town councils continue to show restraint when charging council tax’.

‘Referendum principles’ refer to the power of the government to require a local referendum if an authority sets council tax or a precept deemed an ‘excessive’ increase by the government. Referendum principles have been set by the government every year for principal authorities, and major precepting authorities, but have never been set for town and parish councils.

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