Research Study into the Role, Functions and Future Potential of Community and Town Councils in Wales. Community and town councils are the grassroots level of government in Wales. Serving populations ranging from 155 to 45,053 people, the 737 councils provide an important institutional vehicle for local collective action – to provide for and respond to local needs; to advocate community interests; and to organise and promote community events. Collectively, community and town councils across Wales engage some 8,000 individuals in voluntary service as councillors, and are responsible for managing an aggregate annual budget in excess of £25 million.
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