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 adviserNALC (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
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
Tessa Munt MP new chairman of Westminster local democracy group
Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt has been elected as the new chairman of a cross party parliamentary group aimed at promoting local democracy. Please click here.
27 June 2014
First successful parish change under the Sustainable Communities Act
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the Government’s announcement that allows local (parish and town) councils to be able to send agendas electronically rather than in the post; ending a budgetary burden on councils and enabling them to benefit from 21st Century technology.
This change came about by using the Sustainable Communities Act which allows for parish and town councils to drive a new “bottom-up” process that allow local people to drive central government action to help their local communities. This change was called for by Bleadon Parish Council, Somerset. Please click here for more information.25 June 2014
NALC Chair at National Planning Enquiry
Cllr Ken Browse, Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils giving evidence at Communities and Local Government Select Committee of the UK House of Commons session on Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Monday 9 June 2014.
Click here to watch video (17.28).
Click here to read full transcript (page 27).
10 June 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 information6 June 2014
NALC Improvement & Development Manager
Passionate and dynamic learning and development professional required to help us take forward our improvement and development programmes. Please click here for further information.30 May 2014
Thursday 22 May was a historic day for two communities in London and the West Midlands, where the first vote for new parish councils took place." Please click here for more information.
30 May 2014
Time to put the heart back into community
The first ever meeting of people and groups from across England campaigning to set up a new parish council took place in London on Tuesday 20th May. Tuesday’s event happened in the same week as first ever historic parish council elections in Queen’s Park, London and Chadwick End, Solihull." Please click here.
23 May 2014
NALC responds to Government consultation on making it easier to set up new parish and town councils
In its submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation, NALC supported the use of a legislative reform order and called for close involvement in the review of guidance on governance reviews and ongoing investment to help local groups. To read the full response click here
23 May 2014
The first ever vote for parish councils
Thursday 22 May sees the historic first vote for new parish councils in London and Chadwick End, West Midlands. Residents in Queen’s Park, Westminster and Chadwick End are just days away from electing parish councillors for their neighbourhood." For more information please click here.16 May 2014
'Boles bung' isn't working warns national town councils group
A key plank of the Government's planning reforms aimed at incentivising communities to accept development isn't meeting its policy objective, according to a committee of the National Association of Local Councils, who today are calling for more research and action on the issue. Please click here for more information
02 May 2014
X marks the spot for London’s first parish council
Residents in Queen’s Park, Westminster are just weeks away from electing councillors to London’s first parish council for over fifty years following its formal creation earlier this month. Please click here for more information.
29 April 2014
Cash boost for Sutton Coldfield council campaigners
The campaign to establish England’s biggest parish council in Sutton Coldfield has been given a welcome boost of new funding and support from the National Association of Local Councils. Local campaigners have been given the green light for around £5,000 worth of funding to help their communications with residents and local groups as they continue to make the case for a new council in Birmingham to give people a stronger voice and improve the town. For more information please click here.
28 April 2014
Parishes in bid to light up new community powers
Today (16th April 2014) the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy (APPG) are demanding new powers for local (parish and town) councils that will help to re-energise the local economy. Please click here for more information.
16 April 2014
Time to pay up
Fifteen local authorities are refusing to pass on around £3.8m of Government funding to parish and town councils, defying advice from local government minister Brandon Lewis MP, according to the national body for England’s most local councils (National Association of Local Councils).” For more information please click here.
15 April 2014
Rule changes on sending agendas electronically scroll one click closer
The Government has written to NALC confirming their intention to clarify rules on sending agendas electronically to councillors. NALC’s Chairman Councillor Ken Browse said "the move was something NALC had been campaigning for for some time and will help councils operate more efficiently and effectively”.
Please click here for more information.
11 April 2014
Power to communities
Communities up and down the country are being urged by the Government and the National Association of Local Councils to get their voices heard and run local services through neighbourhood democracy. For more information please click here.
27 March 2014
What Next for Localism?
The National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) What Next for Localism? conference held today (26th March) saw the emergence of new innovative and creative ideas to take community and people power further than ever before. Please click herefor more information.
27 March 2014
New Chief Executive for NALC
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has appointed a new Chief Executive of the organisation, it was announced today. For more information please click here.
19 March 2014
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
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
Quality Councils Count
There are now 665 Quality Councils of which 402 have reaccredited. (Correct as at December 2013)