Some District/Borough Councils in the Country have not submitted invoices to Parish Councils for election expenses in the previous May until very late in the year which has not allowed time for the expenses to be built into the following year precept budget.

All Parish Councillors should be aware that comments on social media can (and do!) lead to legal liability. Last year, a businessman won defamation damages against two local Councillors after one made comments about his business dealings on a Facebook site hosted by the other, suggesting he had bought a school site at an improper undervalue from the local authority. The two Councillors had to pay £32,000 costs (plus their own) and £15,000 damages.