Advice and guidance for local (parish and town) council councillors and clerks
County associations are the representative body for local councils in your area. They are your first point of call for advice and guidance. NALC supports county associations to provide members with the best and most up-to-date guidance. Find your local county association
The NALC member's area serves as a one-stop-shop for all briefings, consultations, advice and guidance, topic notes and other information provided by NALC. Contact your county association to request a username and password.
NALC legal advice is available to all local councils in membership through their county association. Members of the Direct Access Scheme can find further information on requesting advice. Please note that NALC can only give advice and guidance to the member council as a whole. We are unable to advise individual councillors or clerks.
Press enquiries should be directed to the Policy and Communications team at or on 020 7637 1865 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). For urgent press enquiries outside of working hours, please call 07894 937 885.
NALC is a membership body providing support and assistance to local councils in membership. Other local authorities (county, district, borough, metropolitan, unitary and London borough councils) are represented by the Local Government Association (LGA).
Further information about the work of NALC and local councils can be found on this website. Find out more about our work, publications and the latest news.
NALC is not a statutory body and does not monitor or regulate the activities of local councils. If you have a complaint about a local council, NALC suggests you contact the local council concerned in the first instance. Further information is available in the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman’s fact sheet. We can only give advice and guidance to our member councils; we cannot advise individuals.
If you have a query about election law or the election process for a parish or town, please get in touch with the local returning officer at the district, unitary, London Borough Council, or the Electoral Commission.
You can access us Create a Council resource for further support. Please contact your local county association or if you are located in a London borough, please get in touch with NALC at or 020 7637 1865.