A 'civil' Parish is a fundamental tier of Local Government - a democratically elected local authority that exists to help the local community. The powers with which they are vested means that they can influence such issues as planning, social housing and community care. They are also part of the consultation process of proposals by Central Government.
Beaulieu Parish Council is headed by a Chairman and Vice-Chairman and comprises of another six Councillors drawn from the local community. Councillors serve on a voluntary basis but a paid part-time Clerk is employed to carry out an administrative role.
Representatives of New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council attend Parish Council Meetings to report on District and County issues and take on board comments from the Parish Council. The Parish Council is responsible for maintaining, or informing district and county councils to maintain and amend council property (bus shelters, drainage, street lighting etc.
The Parish Council is empowered to issue grants in support of the activities of local community organisations, including the Village School, Cricket Club, Toddler Groups, Senior Citizen Luncheon Club, Twinning Association and Citizen's Advice Bureau etc.