Parish Councils in England and Wales were established by the Local Government Act 1894. Most of the functions which the Church of England carried out were passed to the Parish Councils at that time. Parish Councils are statutory corporations. Although having no physical existence, they have a separate legal personality apart from their members. They never die and exist in perpetuity (unless abolished under statute).What this means is that the acts of the Parish Council are distinct from the acts of its members and normally, members of the Parish Council are not personally liable should the acts of the council have some adverse legal effect. A Parish Council can only act within it's conferred powers. The parish Council is the purest form of democracy and has a major part to play in local politics. Your elected Parish Councillors are members of your community and therefore have the advantage of knowing exactly what YOU want!