Parish Clerk Christine Coles has been informed that the Sulgrave Parish Council meets all of the relevant standards and is now officially a "QUALITY COUNCIL" as defined in the Government's "Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme".

See here for a copy of the certificate.

The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 following the Government's Rural White Paper, 2000. The aim of the Scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils. The Scheme is supported by six National Stakeholders, the Commission for Rural Communities, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Local Government Association, the National Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks.

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said recently:

"Local Councils are vital to re-invigorating local democracy. The Quality Parish 
and Town Council Scheme has played an important role in improving the quality 
of management and administration of parish and town councils."

As of 27 June 2008 the Scheme changed so as better to reflect the increased professionalism of councils. There are now three tests which are highlighted below but there are also a number of amendments to some of the existing tests, again mentioned below.

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

Changes to the Scheme, in addition to the three new tests, as of 27 June 2008 are as follows:

See here for more information on this Scheme.