Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and parish councils are statutory local authorities set up under the Local Government Act 1972. The parish council raises the money it needs for its work from local taxation called the precept. This is collected by the district council and paid back to the parish council in two six-monthly instalments. Extra money can be raised from grants and awards. No money is received direct from central government. At present there is no limit to the amount that a parish council can precept.
Ingleton Parish Council consists of 10 councillors and elections are held every four years. If there are insufficient candidates, members can be co-opted. Sub-committees may be set up so that smaller groups of councillors can progress different projects, reporting back to the full council at its regular monthly meetings. These meetings receive reports from and may question the Police, county and district councillors. Members of the public are also welcome to attend to raise issues of local concern.