The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represents the interests of town and parish councils in England - a total of around 8,500 councils. These councils have powers to raise their own funds through precept. Parish and town councils provide employment for over 25,000 staff, while their annual expenditure is in the region of £400 million.
The councils NALC represent serve electorates ranging from small rural communities to major cities, and are all independently elected. Together, they can be identified as the nation's single most influential grouping of grassroots opinion-formers. Over 15 million people live in communities served by parish and town councils nationally – this represents about 35% of the population. Over 150 new parish and town councils have been created since 1997.
Working with, and for our member councils, NALC is actively involved in lobbying government at a national level to advance and protect the interests of these councils, and their communities.
NALC provides support and advice to our members directly through a network of county associations.
We are committed to developing the role of town and parish councils, in order that they can represent the communities which they serve effectively and be at the forefront of community leadership.
The National Association represents the interests of welsh community and town councils via One Voice Wales in UK wide parliamentary and legal matters.