Established in 1947, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represents the interests of England’s 10,000 parish, town and community councils, known collectively as local councils – the first tier of local government. NALC works in partnership with 43 county associations to support, promote and improve local councils.

Find out more about how we work and our mission.  The NALC Prospectus can also be downloaded from here.


Any of England’s 10,000 local councils - community, neighbourhood, parish, town and village councils – can join, via their county association.  There are currently around 8,500 councils in 43 county associations.


NALC provides 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.  These services include lobbying the national government to get the best legislative deal for local councils; providing specialist technical, legal and financial advice to member councils; organizing events for member councils; providing up to date advice on national and legal developments; and sharing good practice between specific local council networks on a range of service areas.


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.
  • Information on current legislative developments.
  • 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 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, just contact your county association. Membership of your county association will give you automatic membership to NALC as well.

NB: You cannot be a member of NALC without being a member of your county association.

Join your local county association. County association details can be accessed here.


NALC will charge you 7.42 pence per elector for your membership for the 2020/21 financial year. Membership fees will be capped at a maximum of £1,900 per larger council for the 2020-21 financial year. This cost will be added to your annual county association membership fee.