There are also approximately 9,000 town or parish councils in England. These operate at a level below district councils and unitary authorities.

Because of their great diversity, parishes do not generally have statutory functions, although they are often responsible for smaller local services such as allotments, parks and community centres. They may provide other services with the agreement of the county or district council.

For further information on town and parish councils see the National Association of Local Councils website.

Information on Candidates and agents at Parish and community council elections in England can be found on the Electoral Commission website.