Freedom of the Parish
12 March 2021 at 9:08pm
Can anyone help me with who has the power to to award the freedom of an area eg. a parish?
Is it the Parish, District or County Council who is able to award this and if so what is the process/decision making protocol?
16 March 2021 at 8:09pm
The legal position re Honorary Freedom is, as I understand it, as follows:
The Local Government Act 1972 prescribes the method by which a council can agree to bestow the title of “honorary freeman”.
Local Government Act 1972
Section 249(5) of the 1972 Act as amended by section 180 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 and section 29 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act) provides that all local authorities, including parishes and Charter Trustees can admit any person to be an “honorary freeman” of that place. The amendments also allow councils to confer the title “honorary freewoman” where appropriate.
The legislation provides that a council can hold a specially convened meeting at which a resolution may be passed by not less than two thirds of the members voting at that meeting to “admit to be honorary freemen of the city, borough or royal borough ( this part of the 1972 Act was widened by the subsequent legislation, as above) persons of distinction and persons who have, in the opinion of the council rendered eminent services to the city etc. In addition, the Act permits a council to spend a reasonable sum of money on presenting an address or a casket containing an address to a person upon whom the honour has been conferred (Section 249(6)).
Section 249 does not apply to the City Of London.
(i am not a lawyer and you should check my understanding with your own legal officer). I will leave it to other colleagues to help with the process of making a Honorary Freeman or Freewoman
Paul Millward ( as Chair of NACO
16 March 2021 at 8:11pm
I should have said that the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act was in 2009
17 March 2021 at 8:43am
Many thanks Paul, this is really helpful.