The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 following the Government’s Rural White Paper, 2000. The aim of the Scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils. The Scheme is supported by six National Stakeholders, the Commission for Rural Communities, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Local Government Association, the National Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned the University of Wales to review the Scheme in 2006 and their research helped the National Stakeholders to the Scheme to agree amendments that would help councils achieve ever higher levels of professionalism and help to cement their position as community leaders.In July 2008 the Scheme is changing to better reflect the increased professionalism of councils. There are three new tests but there are also a number of amendments to some of the existing tests. See www.nalc.gov.uk for full details.
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