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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22 October 2021
Professor of climate science, Chris Rapley OBE, will deliver a keynote speech on the climate crisis ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
22 October 2021
Old Bolsover Town Council is looking for a deputy town clerk to join their team.
22 October 2021
Kent Association of Local Councils is looking for a chief executive to join their team.
19 October 2021
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new guide on website accessibility and publishing guidelines.