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We want to make the current process for setting up a new parish council much easier, quicker and most importantly democratic for local people who want their neighbourhood to have a parish council. We have been listening to our partners in local government, councils at every tier, representative and sector bodies and local people to explore how we can help improve the current process. We identified a range of proposals which we encapsulated in a discussion paper. We invited views on the proposals outlined in the discussion paper in a formal consultation. The consultation ran from the 31 October 2012 until 9 January 2013. This paper sets out in summary the responses we received and the next steps we will take to make the process quicker and easier, in the light of the consultation responses.
The government wants to make it easier to set up new town and parish councils. This discussion paper presents a range of proposals that would help achieve this. We would like your views on these, as well as any other comments or ideas.