Richmondshire District Council

About the parish and town councils

There are 54 parish and town councils in Richmondshire.

They act as the voice of their local communities, passing parishioners' opinions and views on to high levels of government and other bodies.

Elections are held every four years. Parish and town councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent.

There are also 26 parish meetings in Richmondshire.

Local electors of a parish, or an interested person, have certain legal rights in respect of the accounting records of smaller authorities.  A summary of your rights is available. 

Useful links for parish and town clerks

Submit minutes and other documents to this site

Dispensation procedure guide for parish councils

Dispensation proforma for parish councils

Click on the link to view parish and town clerk contact details and documents

Vacancy for part time Council Clerk/RFO - Hipswell Parish Council

Hipswell Parish Council is seeking applications from an enthusiastic and well organised individual for the role of Clerk/RFO to this proactive council.

Time spent on council business varies weekly; working hours are flexible and set at 32 hours per month.

Salary is paid in accordance with the National Joint Council recommendations; starting salary NJC LC 1 (above substantive) salary point scales 13 -17 (£11.76-£12.73 per hour) according to relevant experience and qualifications, plus reasonable expenses. 

Duties include:

  • Preparation for and attendance (and minute taking) at council meetings
  • Dealing with all council communication
  • Managing council financial accounts
  • Use of email, Microsoft Word, Excel, digital meeting platforms and website management
  • Ensuring council compliance with legislation and best practice
  • Management of council assets

Good communication and literacy skills are essential. Previous experience in local government administration is desirable but not essential as training will be provided to the successful applicant. 

The post holder will work from home and will be required to attend evening meetings and occasional day time events.

Council designated laptop, printer/scanner and mobile phone are provided.

If this role appeals to you and you consider you have the necessary skills please contact us for further information including a job description, person specification and an application form. Contact Councillor Kim Mendham (Chairman of Hipswell Parish Council) via the phone on 01748 831489 or email You can also download the information and application form from the Hipswell Parish Council website.

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