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Are Local government Acts classed as law or guidelines.

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It's probably a very novice question, but i want to be sure, before replying to a question I received from a Parishner.
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They are not guidelines but Acts of Parliament which provide legislation that must be complied with.  Non compliance can result in fines and can in some instances be seen as a criminal offence.
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Perfect. Many thanks Graeme. Much appreciated and the answer I was hoping for.
Absolutely, they are the law, however, you must always be sure that a specific enactment applies to a parish council, and not just a district or county council.
There is usually a list somewhere within each act that makes it (sort of) clear, which apply to parishes.
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Lol, that won't stop parishioners or councillors trying to bend them to suit though!
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"Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively" as the Dalai Lama once said!

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