Parish Councils

Information for Parish Councils

Joint Working Group

Rotherham Borough, Town and Parish Council Joint Working Group is the principle consultative committee between RMBC and the Town and Parish Councils. The group was set up due to recognition of the benefit to both tiers of local government including:

  • Having a Joint Working Agreement
  • improving communications
  • Training and development opportunities

The Joint Working Group meets on a quarterly basis. Please see below minutes from the previous Joint Working Group meetings:

Future meeting dates will be held on:

  • 10th September 2024
  • 28th November 2024

Members of the Joint Working Group are as follows:

  • Councillor Sarah Allen, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working – Chair of the Joint Working Group
  • Councillor Clive Jepson, Anston Parish Council
  • Councillor Peter Blanksby, Wales Parish Council
  • Councillor Dave Smith, Dinnington St. John’s Town Council
  • Councillor Mick Elliott, Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Council
  • Councillor Rebecca Jupp, Ravenfield Parish Council
  • Councillor Richard Swann, Woodsetts Parish Council
  • Kate Butler, Clerk at Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Council
  • Rebecca Thompson, Clerk at Hellaby Parish Council

Elections for the Joint Working Group will take place shortly.  Yorkshire Local Council Association will be managing the elections and will forward details to all Clerks in May 2024.

Joint Working Agreement

This is a document that is shared with all of the Parish Council’s within Rotherham. This document sets out the relationship and expectations between Rotherham Metropolitan Borough and Parish Council’s.

View the Joint Working Agreement

Network Meetings

Network meetings are held quarterly and are open to all Parish Councillor’s and Clerks within Rotherham.

Parish Councils can submit topics of interest to discuss at Joint Working Group meetings.

Following this, speakers are invited to attend Network Meeting. The speakers will provide updates and general information around specific topics.

Please see below minutes from the previous Network Meetings:

Future meeting dates will be held on:

  • 3rd June 2024
  • 10th September 2024
  • 28th November 2024

Training and Development

Rotherham Council hosts regular training for Parish Councils, covering a range of topics.

Topics previously covered include:

  • Local Elections
  • Precept
  • GDPR 
  • Planning
  • The function of Council meetings

If Councillors or Clerks would like to request any specific training, please contact a member of the Joint Working Group (details can be found above), or the Parish Council Liaison Officer.

All training sessions are recorded and can be accessed, please contact the Parish Council Liaison Officer.

Training schedule

The training schedule for 2024 is currently being developed.

Find out more

Regular e-newsletters are produced, which provide helpful information for Parish Councils. please contact the Parish Council Liaison Officer if you would like to subscribe.