Established in 1947, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is a membership organisation and the only national body representing the interests of local councils. NALC works in partnership with county associations to support, promote and improve local councils.

Find out more about how we work and our mission.


A local council is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. With 10,000 local councils across England, every local council is able to become a member of NALC by joining their local county association.


NALC provide a national voice for local councils across England. We campaign on their behalf, raise awareness of their work and provide them with a range of services to support their needs.


NALC operates at a national level to represent local councils. NALC provides a number of services:

  • Campaigning –  lobby for the issues that are important to local councils and communicate those views to government and a range of influential organisations, in the private, charity and public sector.

  • Legal, accounts and audit advice – Written, telephone and digital advice from NALC’s well-experienced solicitors.

  • Publications – A quarterly magazine, LCR, fortnightly DIS, guides on being a good councillor, employer, finance and transparency, neighbourhood planning and a range of toolkits.

  • Conferences, events and training – NALC’s national events and training sessions are opportunities to bring our diverse membership together to learn about new or topical initiatives and share ideas.

  • Publicity – Raise the profile of local councils and the sector beyond a regional level.

  • Media – Guidance on how to deal with a media crises, how to deal with reporters and media outlets and writing a media policy.

  • Standards, awards and recognition – Opportunities all year round for local councils to take up the chance to celebrate and be recognised for achievements through the Local Council Award Scheme, Council Spotlight and Star Council Awards.

Find out more about NALC's services, achievements and what our members had to say about our work in our handy Benefits of Membership  booklet. 


Becoming a member of NALC is an easy and simple process. You cannot be a member of NALC without being a member of your county association. Membership to your county association will give you automatic membership to NALC as well.

Join your local country association. County association details can be accessed here or by calling on: 020 7637 1865


NALC will charge you 6.73p per elector for your membership. From 1 April 2018, this figure will change to 6.85p per elector.

Membership fees will be capped at £1,750 per council. This cost will be added to your annual county association membership fee.