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APR
28

NALC responds to High Court judgement on remote meetings

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Responding to today’s judgement in the High Court on holding remote meetings, Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), said:

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APR
28

NALC presses UK Finance to improve banking services for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has pressed the trade association for banks (UK Finance) and its member banks to improve their services to local councils.

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APR
26

Government announces two key neighbourhood planning funds

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced on Saturday 24th April the launch of two new key neighbourhood planning funds.

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APR
23

NALC responds to proposals for locally-led re-organisation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has responded to the government consultations for locally-led re-organisation in Cumbria, Somerset and North Yorkshire.

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APR
09

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G, K.T

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“It is with great sadness that the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

“I know that those in the local (parish and town) council sector would join me in extending their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.”

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APR
08

NALC launch a new publication on trees

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new publication on local (parish and town) councils and the Tree Charter.

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APR
07

The first intake for CiLCA 2021 beginning from April 

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The Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) 2021 was launched earlier this year to reflect legislation changes. From April 2021, learners will be registered for the updated qualification.

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MAR
29

NALC presses the government to keep the housing system democratic

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has pressed the government to promote democracy when implementing reforms for better quality housing.

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MAR
26

Government announces remote meeting powers not being extended

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The secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government has considered the case for extending legislation very carefully and has concluded that it is not possible to bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time.

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MAR
26

Council tax levels for 2021/22 show the lowest increase in precepts for a decade

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published information on council tax levels set by councils in England for the financial year 2021-22.

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MAR
26

Principal authorities told to pass funding on to local councils

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The government is strongly encouraging principal authorities to work with local (parish and town) councils and pass on funding from the £56m Welcome Back Fund.

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MAR
17

Update on NALC's online events calendar for 2021

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Following our Rebuilding Communities online event series over the last year, we're excited to share news on our upcoming events calendar. From April 2021, we will continue to run our online events, covering the hottest topics from the sector with expert panellists to share valuable insights and practical tips to help build stronger communities.

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MAR
09

NALC launches a new guide on cyber security

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched The Good Councillor's guide to cyber security in partnership with Microshade VSM.

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MAR
04

NALC pressure on the government leads to a response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life report

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The government has confirmed it intends to publish its response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life's (COSIPL’s) review of Local Government Ethical Standards “shortly” and at the same time publish a consultation on the recommendations it has agreed to.

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MAR
02

NALC urges the government to maintain an extended audit timetable for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to maintain the current extended timescale for local (parish and town) councils to publish their audited accounts.

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FEB
25

NALC launches Star Council Awards 2021

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it is once again running its awards programme this year as part of its work to recognise the local (parish and town) council sector’s achievements.

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FEB
22

NALC chief executive writes to clerks about civility in public life

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an open letter to clerks about civility in public life ahead of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) Practitioners’ Conference taking place between 23 - 25 February 2021.

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FEB
15

NALC to release a video series on councillor stories

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to publish a series of videos telling the stories of local (parish and town) councillors across England.

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FEB
11

NALC urges the government to strengthen the standards regime

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government as a matter of urgency to bring forward changes to the current standards regime governing conduct in local government.

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FEB
08

NALC makes changes to its Local Council Award Scheme criteria

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has completed its review and updated its Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) criteria.

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FEB
05

NALC responds to Handforth Parish Council's meeting going viral

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware of the recent news regarding Handforth Parish Council's Planning and Environment Committee meeting going viral.

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FEB
02

Parliamentary group backs Onward's report calling for more parish power

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy today backed The Policies of Belonging report by influential think tank Onward which calls for more parish power.

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FEB
01

NALC Lobby Day goes online to promote local councils to the government

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will take to parliament online this year as part of its annual Lobby Day on 2 February 2021.

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JAN
26

Government confirms Section 137 expenditure limit for 2021/22

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 is £8.41 per elector.

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JAN
15

NALC urges government to get toilets bill over the finish line

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is urging the government to push the Non-Domestic Rates (Public Lavatories) Bill 2021-22 over the finish line and finally deliver on its 2018 budget pledge.

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JAN
12

NALC supports report’s appeal for all areas to have local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is supporting the call from the think-tank Onward to give every area a local (parish and town) council to bolster communities and community resilience.

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JAN
11

NALC to support Prime Minister's Champion Group on dementia

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been invited to sit on and secretariat the Prime Minister’s Champion Group (PMCG) on dementia.

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JAN
08

Open letter: Make a change to local communities

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Looking back to my open letter just twelve months ago, no-one could have foreseen the coronavirus pandemic which has changed our lives and the country in so many ways since.

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DEC
24

NALC online office Christmas closure and opening

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) offices will close on 24 December 2020 for Christmas and will reopen on 4 January 2020.

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DEC
18

Government to continue with no referendum principles for local councils

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The government’s provisional local government finance settlement has confirmed the continuation of no referendum principles for local (parish and town) councils in 2021-22, which the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called for and was included in their submission to the recent spending review.

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DEC
15

Local councils eligible to the new leisure fund

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A new £100m National Leisure Recovery Fund has been launched by Sport England and is open to eligible local (parish and town) councils, following successful representations made to the government by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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DEC
09

NALC announces online Lobby Day for 2021

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it will once again hold a Lobby Day, on 2 February 2021.

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DEC
08

NALC launches a new guide on community business 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today launched The Good Councillor's guide to community business, in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and Power to Change.

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DEC
04

Are you interested in reviewing the Practitioners’ Guide?

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As the secretariat for the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG), the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is seeking expressions of interest to review and re-write the section of the Practitioners’ Guide relating to internal audit.

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DEC
02

NALC features local councils combating climate change in Air Quality News

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an article for Air Quality News magazine on why climate change is a local issue and how local (parish and town) councils are at the forefront of fighting it.

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DEC
01

NALC celebrates Tree Charter Day with The Woodland Trust

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) celebrated Tree Charter Day on 28 November, as part of National Tree Week.

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NOV
20

NALC announces a new event to look at the future of play

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to announce a new online event as part of our Rebuilding Communities series, Leaders talk: Local councils and the future of play, on 9 December 2020.

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NOV
05

Engagement Practitioners Network to hold Engage 2020 conference

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The Engagement Practitioners Network will be holding its Engage 2020 conference online from 16 to 27 November.

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NOV
04

NALC launches a new campaign to promote 2021 local elections

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today unveiled its Make A Change campaign for the May 2021 elections.

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NOV
04

LGA announce second #CouncilsCan Day

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The Local Government Association (LGA) have announced their second #CouncilsCan Day on 10 November 2020, an online campaign to highlight the critical work of local government.

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NOV
02

New NALC online event focusses on giving young people a voice

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is hosting a new online event, In conversation: Frome — youth first, on 17 November 2020 as part of its Rebuilding Communities series.

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OCT
30

NALC launch new dementia publication backed by the prime minister

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the University of Plymouth (UoP) has today launched a new guide on dementia-friendly communities, which has been backed by the prime minister, Boris Johnson MP.

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OCT
28

NALC urges government to keep communities at the heart of planning

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has advised the government to keep communities at the heart of planning in its response to the latter’s Planning For The Future White Paper consultation.

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OCT
23

Housing minister writes to NALC chairman

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Chris Pincher MP, minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has written to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter on neighbourhood planning and the government's reforms to the planning system.

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OCT
15

NALC chairman thanks council clerks for stepping up during the pandemic

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has thanked the clerks of local (parish, town an community) councils for their tremendous effort and dedication in supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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OCT
13

NALC calls on local councils to complete a new survey on climate change

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to complete its new survey on climate change.

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OCT
07

NALC event to focus on supporting mental health in communities

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) online event, Leaders talk: Supporting mental health in your community, on 30 October 2020 will focus on the challenge of mental health. You will learn about how to support mental health in your communities and will be able to share your own experiences and ideas on how your council is finding solutions for residents.

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OCT
05

NALC event to discuss future health challenges post COVID-19

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to hold an online event, Leaders talk: The future of health challenges post COVID-19 on 28 October 2020. It will take a strategic look at how local (parish and town) councils can help their communities overcome local health challenges when the current pandemic eases.

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OCT
02

NALC reveal event details on local councils and hidden disabilities

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is holding a new event, Leaders talk: Local councils and hidden disabilities, on how local (parish and town) councils are best placed to understand the hidden disabilities in their communities. You will come away with a unique understanding of what hidden disabilities look like and how your council can safeguard residents.

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OCT
02

NALC addresses the select committee on the levelling up inquiry

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has addressed a parliamentary select committee of MPs as part of their inquiry into post-pandemic economic growth and levelling up.

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