The town council has 18 volunteer, unpaid councillors. Some of the councillors are also South Lakeland District and Cumbria County Council Councillors. The town council looks after Sir John Barrow's Monument on Hoad Hill and Sir John Barrow's cottage at Dragley Beck. It manages 300 allotments at 7 sites throughout the town, together with a public toilet situated at The Gill, bus shelters and 'squirrel'benches, christmas lighting and town dressing, green spaces at Gill Banks and Little Hoad and the Laurel and Hardy statue. It has a programme of grants for community groups. The town is twinned with Albert in Northern France and has an active twinning association and has partnered as a friendship town with Harlem in Georgia, birthplace of Oliver Hardy.