Arnold Baker Local Council Administration

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Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration has long been established as the guide to this specialist field of local government law. Amongst local councillors it is often called ‘The Bible’. It is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community councils through an extensive, though succinct, narrative accompanied by comprehensive pertinent statutory materials.

It covers everything from parish and manorial history to the new laws now governing local councils. All aspects are explored in a user-friendly style. It also includes appendices of relevant statutes, statutory instruments and an extensive list of useful contacts.

The 10th edition of this popular book has been comprehensively updated to cover the many changes with direct application to local councils. New material covers recent legislation, including the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 which has the most major impact on local councils in England. This edition also covers the new accounts rules which came into force in Wales in 2014. Other developments included are the move to electronic banking systems and payment methods for payment of bills, and the statutory power for parishes in England to send agendas, minutes and other papers to councillors by electronic methods. This is a key text for parish and community councils, local authorities, and solicitors practising in local government and public/administrative law.

The author, Paul Clayden, is a solicitor and was formerly chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils. He is now a freelance consultant and author specialising in local government and environmental law. He has over forty years' experience in advising parish and community councils and has been a council clerk. He is the author of several books on matters relevant to local councils, including allotments, parks and open spaces, common land and village greens and a guide for local councillors.