Labour devolution plans will give more power to parish councils
The Labour party has promised to hand more power to ‘cities and counties, towns and districts, parishes and neighbourhoods’ if it forms the next Government, a move strongly welcomed by the body which represents England’s most local councils. Please click here for more information.
26 September 2014
Sustaining a future for communities
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held the first meetings of its Government backed Sustainable Communities Act (SCA) board on 23rd September. NALC wants the board to help drive a new “bottom-up” process via local (parish and town) councils that allows people to drive central government action to help their local communities. Please click here.
25 September 2014
A new constitutional settlement for all of the UK
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is today (19th September 2014) calling for a new constitutional settlement for all of the UK after yesterday’s referendum vote in Scotland. Please click here for more information.
19 September 2014
Communities in control: realising the potential of town and parish councils
On the eve of the Autumn party conference season NALC’s new manifesto provides the main political parties with the ideas to put communities more in control of their area and realise the potential of town and parish councils.
19 September 2014
Together we can make it work
Today’s (18th September 2014) National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Making Localism Work conference 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.
18 September 2014
Parishes get little CiL money
Town and parish councils have been passed just one per cent of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts from developments in their area since neighbourhood funding rules came into force, according to Planning, for more information please click here
17 September 2014
The Voice of Local Councils
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) flagship magazine, LCR, has been published today (16th September). Please click here for more information.
17 September 2014
Government policy chief to give keynote speech at larger councils conference
The Minister for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin MP, will give a keynote speech on localism and public service reform at NALC’s conference for larger councils on 3 December in London. Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron MP and Labour’s policy review chief Jon Cruddas MP have also been invited to speak at one of the parish sector’s leading events. Click here for further information and to book your place.
15 September 2014
NALC backs Lib Dem calls for more parish councils
The Liberal Democrat Party’s pre-manifesto has pledged to increase the number of parish councils, a commitment which was today strongly welcomed by the National Association of Local Councils. Please click here.
12 September 2014
Demands for more democracy and devolution
NALC (National Association of Local Councils) supports the calls for more parish councils especially in cities to address democratic deficit in UK and promote devolution. For more information: please click here.
12 September 2014
Larger Councils Elections 2014 - 2016NALC is inviting nominations to direct elections to the NALC Larger Councils' Committee 2014 - 2016. For more information on the elections please click here
05 Septemer 2014
NALC disappointed at DCLG ‘no’ to business rate funding for parishes
The Government has today turned down a proposal for a share of business rates to go to parish and town councils, suggesting they do not see local economic development as part of their localism role. Please click here for more information.
01 September 2014
Parish council ‘clusters’ could provide local services
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) believes that ‘clusters’ of parish and town councils could provide local services to communities. Please click here for more information and link to the attached document.
20 August 2014
Fracking money should be drilled down to parishes
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today (13th August) called for local (parish and town) councils to receive a minimum payment of £20,000 from fracking companies as part of Government proposals for underground drilling for shale gas, but with a higher sum for larger communities and towns. Please click here for more information.
13 August 2014
NALC signs former LGA leadership adviser
NALC (National Association of Local Councils) has landed a new member of its policy and development team to lead its improvement and development offer and spearhead the launch of a new "quality" parish council scheme in the Autumn. Please click here for more information.
04 August 2014
Give parishes a chance to support the local economy
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is supporting local (parish and town) councils fighting for a share of business rates, so they can increase the influence they have over local economic growth. In one of the first proposals by a town or parish council under the Sustainable Communities Act, Sevenoaks Town Council (TC) has proposed a return to a system where local councils receive a cut of rates and NALC is fully behind the moves contained in this submission. Please click here for more information.
30 July 2014
Love your local market
NALC Chairman’s speech to NABMA local councils seminar on 16 July.
22 July 2014
NALC wants clear audit direction
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has played a key part in persuading the Government to allow for the national procurement of audit for local (parish and town) councils who wanted to avail themselves of savings through collective buying. Please click here.
18 July 2014
Taking a parish pulse test on Community Rights – Extended Deadline
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is firmly supporting the Government’s aim today (5th August) on finding out what is feedback from local (parish and town) councils on a key plank of the Localism Act in Community Rights with an extended deadline. The deadline has been extended to Friday 29th August 2014. Please click here for more information.
05 August 2014
NALC responds to the threat of strike action on 10th July
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) fully appreciates the commitment and hard work of staff but any unaffordable pay settlement will have an extremely adverse effect on parish and town council finances which must be taken into account. So NALC fully supports the statement provided on this by the LGA (Local Government Association). For the LGA statement, please click here.
3 July 2014
'Your community needs you' cries national parish body
The National Association of Local Councils today kicked off its campaign to get more people to stand for election as parish and town councillors in May 2015, urging a new generation of neighbourhood leaders to step forward and make a difference in their area. Please click here.
03 July 2014
Governance and Accountability for Local Councils
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) have today jointly published the new fifth edition of The Practitioners’ Guide for local (parish and town) councils. Please click here for the media release. Please click here for the Guide.
09 June 2014
New Community Council puts heart back into Queen’s Park
Thursday 5 June was a historic day for the neighbourhood of Queen’s Park as it was the first meeting of the new community council. Please click here for more information.
9 June 2014
The future of democracy
The National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) supports the ideas developed by Rory Stewart MP (the outgoing chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy and chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence) that there is a disconnect between the public and politics. Please click here for more information
6 June 2014
Quality Councils Count
There are now 665 Quality Councils of which 402 have reaccredited. (Correct as at December 2013)