The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme

The Quality Parish and Town Council scheme was launched in June 2003, following the publication of the Governments Rural White Paper, 2000. The scheme was designed to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils and to enable them to better represent the communities they serve. The scheme also aims to give enhanced relationships between local councils, principal authorities and community and voluntary sector organisations.

In order to achieve Quality status, parish and town councils must demonstrate that they have reached the standard required by passing several tests.

  • Electoral Mandate
  • Qualifications of the Clerk
  • Council Meetings
  • Communications
  • Annual Report
  • Accounts and Code of Conduct

The tests exceed the statutory duties of parish and town councils and represent the standards that an efficient, well run town council should achieve.


Wymondham Town Council are pleased to announce that they were awarded Quality Town Status  on 22nd September 2008. Pictured below is Leader of Norfolk County Council Daniel Cox, Wymondham Town Clerk Trevor Gurney, Mayor of Wymondham Len Elston, Mayor of Attleborough Vera Dale, Attleborough Town Clerk Hilary Elias and John Cowan from the Norfolk Association of local councils.

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