Do you think you have what it takes to represent larger councils on a national scale? Now is your chance…
NALC officially launched the nominations process for its flagship Larger Councils’ Committee for candidates to 2019. NALC are looking for clerks and councillors from larger councils to put themselves forward for election to the Committee. The Committee is one of the Association’s largest governance bodies and represents the policy interests of all larger parish and town councils in England and oversees the Association’s work programme for larger councils.
Last year the Committee carried out some crucial work on referendum principles (fighting off Government attempts to cap parish council precepts for 2017-18), business rates (persuading the Government to end the Toilet Tax from April, 2018); organisation of the annual Larger Councils Conference in 2016 (which attracted over 100 delegates and several high profile speakers); delivery of the Larger Councils’ Study Tour in July to Durham (with a joint visit to Shildon and Great Aycliffe Town Councils); and retaining an associate membership of the Local Government Association option for NALC’s Super Councils in 2017-18. Could you help with the challenges facing larger councils in the next few years?
The Committee has an exciting cross-section of representation from the parish sector and the following vacancies are available to fill by election to 2019:
Councillor vacancies (four places are available for election to the Larger Councils Committee for 2018/19)
Clerk vacancies (two places are available for election to the Larger Councils Committee for 2018/2019)
Supers Councils’ Network councillor (a larger council with either a precept income of £1m from the previous financial year or an in-year budgeted turnover of £1.5m per year)
Cllr Kevin Wilson, Chairman of the Association’s Larger Councils’ Committee said “I strongly encourage all clerks and councillors from larger parish and town councils to stand for election to the Committee, to help influence the future direction of policy affecting larger councils and to defend their interests”.
Cllr Sue Baxter, Chairman of NALC said, “There has never been a better time to serve on the NALC Larger Councils’ Committee. I have served on the Committee for a number of years and it was instrumental in co-ordinating last year’s successful campaign to avoid council tax referendum principles. I encourage all willing candidates from larger councils to stand for election.”
If you are interested in putting yourself forward please visit the NALC Larger Councils' Committee Elections page now for more information.
Voting will take place online from 23 October – 13 December 2017 (including at the Larger Councils Conference on 13 December 2017 provided your council has not already voted).