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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06 February 2023
The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Ac...
06 February 2023
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with Mumsnet last week to discuss how they could help raise awareness of the Make A Change campaign.
06 February 2023
Harpole Parish Council is looking for a parish clerk & responsible finance officer to join their team.
02 February 2023
Author: Eleanor Greene, Secretary to the Internal Audit Forum Councils can be members of their county association and, thus,&...