NALC Chairman calls for parish councils to use community rights to protect local assets
Commenting on the launch of a new alliance of national organisations aimed at raising awareness of community rights, Councillor Ken Browse said “Parish councils up and down the country are already using the new tools in the Localism Act to improve their areas. I want to see many more parish councils stepping up and taking advantage of these important new rights." To read more click here and for handy guides on listing assets of community value click here and click here.
26 February 2014
Our Place! - Closing Date for Applications is 28 February 2014
18 February 2014 There is now a closing date for applications under the Our Place! programme, which is 28 February, 2014. Around 500 people have completed the eligibility checker and applications are coming in from parishes and across the public sector more generally. A programme timeline deadline has been set and agreed with DCLG for this financial year (2013-14). Please access http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/our-place/ for further information.
20 February 2014
Improvement & Development Manager, NALC
We are looking for a highly dynamic and talented learning and development professional to join us and help us take forward our programme of improvement, change and innovation, helping our councils, councillors, clerks and county associations deal with the present and plan for the future. Please click here for further information.
NALC welcomes cash grant fund to help more disabled people become local councillors
Today (3rd February, 2014) the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the Government announcement of a cash grant fund to encourage more disabled people into local democratic politics. Please click here for more information.
03 February 2014
NALC’s chief executive to retire
The chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), John Findlay OBE, is to retire in February after 14 years’ service. John was appointed as NALC Chief Executive in June 1999 and has led its crucial work in developing the role of town and parish councils in local government and the empowerment of communities. For more information please click here.
07 January 2013
Chief Executive Officer, NALC
A unique opportunity for a CEO to lead a national body working for The National Association of Local Councils (NALC)) looking after grassroots local democracy. This Association plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of their constituent member Parish and Town Councils. The CEO is expected to have gained senior management experience leading a member organisation of similar comparable complexity. The post holder will be responsible to the Chairman and Council and will provide leadership to NALC in an ever-changing political environment, delivering value for money in terms of service.
For full details on the role and information on how to apply, please click here
19 December 2013
Local councils EXPLAINED - Everything you need to know about local councils…
“..an excellent, comprehensive and user-friendly publication for all having any involvement with local councils…” – The New Law Journal (2 Oct 13)
NALC’s new book about local councils, provides easy to read narrative about the role of parish councils, their councillors and officers and how they work. There is comprehensive and practical guidance about the legal issues that local councils are exposed to.
It equips local councils with answers to frequently asked questions about all aspects of their work. There is commentary about e.g. councillors’ interests, publication schemes, neighbourhood planning, data protection, contract negotiations, working with charities, predetermination, parish meetings, political groupings and publicity about the work of councils.
For further information, sample pages, reviews and ordering details please click here.
06 November 2013
The Department for Communities and Local Government have published new guidance for local councils that manage allotment sites in their area. This can be foundhere.
31 January 2014
11 December 2013
Local councils are doing even more for even less
Today’s (27th November 2013) National Association of Local Councils (NALC) conference showed how local (parish and town) councils are helping to drive and deliver many localist actions such as the community rights, the general power of competence and neighbourhood planning. Please click here for more information.
28 November 2013
NALC Chairman's speech to County Councils Network conference
Please click here to read the speech delivered by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, at the County Councils Network conference on the changing role of parishes. Please click here to see a video recording of his speech.
21 November 2013
Communities are the top priority
NALC’s (National Association of Local Councils) Putting Communities First Conference (19th September) showed how by using existing and forthcoming new strengthened powers, communities and local (parish and town) councils can get in the driving seat to make their places better. Please click here for more information.
23 September 2013
Power to the people
Communities up and down the country are being urged by the Government to get in the driving seat, turn up the volume to get their voice heard and run local services.
New measures announced today by the Government will make it easier for people to set up a local (parish, neighbourhood, community or town) council – the most local form of government in England – and give power back to local people so they can take more decisions locally and have more of a say over how money is spent in their area. NALC welcomes moves by the Government to give residents a “real sense of community control” by removing red tape, hurdles and burdens that stops them creating these most local of councils.
Please click here for the Making it easier - Background paper.
09 September 2013
NALC Chairman's speech to LGA/NALC conference on the general power of competence
Please click here to read the speech delivered by the Chairman of NALC, Councillor Ken Browse, at the recect joint Local Government Association and National Association of Local Councils conference on the general power of competence.
19 August 2013
Quality Councils Count
There are now 665 Quality Councils of which 402 have reaccredited. (Correct as at December 2013)