Minster-on-Sea Parish Council is the third largest council in Kent.  It represents 17,000 residents; it is a statutory body.  Although its powers are largely discretionary, the statutory procedures under which it operates are mandatory.  The reason is that local councils are public bodies, answerable to the local community and mainly financed by a compulsory levy (precept) on council tax payers.  It currently receives a very small portion (1.4%) of the total Council Tax bill, which is collected by Swale Borough Council.  The vast majority goes to Kent County Council, Swale Borough Council and Police Authority Elements.  For example, in 2013/2014 Minster-on-Sea Parish Council planned to spend £108,085.  This meant that in the year ending March 2014 it asked £19.45 for an average Council Tax Band D household.

How it all works

The council has eleven elected councillors all of whom are unpaid on its board.  It employs one Chief Executive referred to as the ‘Parish Clerk’ who is also the  'Responsible Financial Officer' and a part-time Customer Services Manager who deals with front line matters and provides administrative support to the Clerk.