Established in 1947, the National Association of Local Councils is the only national body that represents the interests of 10,000 local (parish and town) councils in England. NALC works in partnership with county associations to support, promote and improve local councils.

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Local councils is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils, and are the first tier of local government. There are 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of England parished.

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County associations are representative bodies for local councils in their area. Guiding local councils on a range of matters and providing comprehensive training sessions on all the above topics and many others.


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20 September 2023
Author: Lauren Jones-Mullins, wildlife ecologist & beachwatch administrator at Marine Conservation Society What do you think of when you hear the words ‘marine litter’? Rolling waves of plastic? V...
20 September 2023
Carterton Town Council is seeking a chief officer/town clerk to join their team.
20 September 2023
Stanley Town Council is seeking a chief officer to join their team.
18 September 2023
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to simplify the rules to protect hedgerows and give local (parish and town) councils a more significant role. 

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