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DEC
12

Government grants no tax referendum principles in 2024/25 for local councils

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In response to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the government has excluded local (town and parish) councils from council tax referendum principles in 2024/2025.  

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DEC
12

National Assembly supports proposals to improve NALC committees

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) proposals to develop and improve how committees function were approved by its National Assembly on 29 November 2023.  

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DEC
06

NALC calls for Oflog remit to include local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils has called for the Office for Local Government's (Oflog) remit to include England's 10,000 local (parish and town) councils. 

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DEC
06

A journey through the Newport Pagnell Town Council study tour 2023 

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Author: Shar Roselman, town clerk at Newport Pagnell Town Council 


Join me as I reflect on the enlightening study tour held in June 2023. Let's explore the valuable benefits of study tours and dive into the extensive array of subjects that these tours can cover. Trust me, you will want to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the next one!

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NOV
29

NALC celebrates excellence as it crowns its Star Council Awards winners

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) announced its Star Council Awards winners at a dazzling ceremony held on 29 November 2023 at the prestigious House of Lords.

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NOV
29

NALC announces results of its committee elections

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) announced the results of its committee elections at the National Assembly meeting on 29 November 2023.

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NOV
29

Working together for a tree-filled future – join in this special National Tree Week 

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Author: Jess Allan, Science & Research Projects Manager at The Tree Council 


National Tree Week 2023 (25 Nov-3 Dec) marks fifty years since the ‘Plant a Tree in ‘73’ campaign, from which the annual week-long celebration of trees (and The Tree Council!) was born. The week is always a brilliant opportunity to come together and truly appreciate the trees around us that give us joy! The theme this year is ‘Grow a Tree in ‘23’, reflecting the continued love and care that trees need after planting – a crucial message for all of us. 

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NOV
27

NALC calls for broadband access in highly remote areas

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to ensure broadband connectivity reaches all hard-to-reach rural areas.

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NOV
24

NALC stands strong on White Ribbon Day

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In a powerful display of solidarity, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has pledged its support for White Ribbon Day, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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NOV
24

NALC event explores how to improve the planning system for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held its latest event on 22 November 2023, looking at how to make the planning system work for local (parish and town) councils.

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NOV
22

Super councils network encouraged to take up the Corporate Peer Challenge

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The National Associations of Local Councils (NALC) national network for super councils was encouraged to consider participating in the Corporate Peer Challenge.

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NOV
22

Important takeaways from the White Ribbon conference 

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Author: Daisy Petrow, communications officer at NALC


In September 2023, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the White Ribbon conference in Birmingham. White Ribbon’s mission is to prevent violence against women and girls by addressing its root causes. They work with men and boys to change long established harmful attitudes, systems and behaviours around masculinity that perpetuate inequality and violence. Their work is preventative; they want to stop violence before it starts.  

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NOV
22

Push forward: 10 ways to end violence against women 

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Author: UN Women


Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation in the world, affecting more than 1 in 3 women, a figure that has remained unchanged over the last decade. 

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NOV
22

NALC and SLCC joint event on Martyn's Law outlines potential actions for local councils 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) held a joint event on 16 November 2023 to discuss the current legislative status of Martyn's Law.

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NOV
20

NALC heads to Yate Town Council for a study tour

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will head to Yate Town Council in Avon for its annual study tour as part of its good practices initiative. 

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NOV
17

NALC committee election voting is closing soon

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) calls on larger and smaller local (parish and town) councils to vote for the Larger Councils Committee and Smaller Councils Committee elections.

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NOV
15

NALC and LGA joint event explores the role of councillors

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) held a joint event on 14 November 2023 that explored the role of local councillors.

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NOV
15

How local councils can help deliver a decarbonised transport system 

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Author: Cllr James Gleave, board member at Transport Planning Society and councillor at Flitwick Town Council 


Anyone who is a councillor knows that one of the things that is most often raised by the public is transport. Whether it be the lack of local buses or the state of the roads – people often have a lot to say. You may think that transport and highways is the responsibility of your County Council, Unitary Authority, District Council, Borough or Combined Authority. But believe it or not, even local (parish and town) councils can do a lot to help make the transport system better and decarbonise it at the same time.

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NOV
14

Young councillors network appoints new co-chairs and publishes a survey

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Young councillors met on 8 November 2023 to appoint its new co-chairs.

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NOV
08

Food insecurity: what can councils do?

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Author: Louise Marshall, senior public health fellow, and Bethan Page, public health speciality registrar, the Health Foundation


Thriving communities need all the right building blocks in place, including quality housing, stable jobs, a good education, and much more. Erosion of these building blocks causes instability in people's lives, reducing resilience to circumstances outside their control and increasing their risk of poor health.

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NOV
07

NALC has released extra tickets for winning strategies for the funding game

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released extra tickets to its sold-out online event on winning strategies for the funding game which takes place on 15 December 2023.

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NOV
07

NALC publishes a new briefing on the national salary pay scales

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new employment briefing on the national salary pay scales for clerks and other employees employed under the terms of the model contract or Green Book terms.

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NOV
01

NALC reveals analysis of local council tax levels for 2023/24

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has unveiled its annual analysis of local precepting authorities' council tax levels, including local (parish and town) councils for the fiscal year 2023/24.

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NOV
01

Raising the digital standards of local councils 

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Author: Chris Mewse, managing director of Parish Online


I have always been passionate about using technology to create something new and useful. I used to build software and websites in my spare time and loved looking through maps and atlases (no wonder I ended up with this career!). I’m proud that over the last 14 years, my team and I have built a reputation for providing trustworthy digital services, namely our Parish Online mapping software.

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OCT
31

NALC holds an event on empowering young voices in your community  

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an online event about empowering young voices in your community on 25 October 2023, which looked at how to engage with young people and involve them in local issues.

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OCT
30

NALC to speak on empowering local councils in tackling climate change

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will speak at an event to explore how local (parish and town) councils can identify and plan action towards net zero and address nature depletion.

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OCT
27

NALC reappoints Baroness Ros Scott of Needham Market as president

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) reappointed Baroness Ros Scott of Needham Market as its president at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 October 2023.

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OCT
25

The benefits of fixing energy costs

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Author: Sally-Ann Beaver at director of Utility Aid 


In recent years, we have all seen energy costs fluctuate significantly, making it difficult for local (parish and town) councils to budget accurately. This can be especially problematic for smaller councils that may not have large reserves to fall back on if unexpected energy costs arise. By fixing energy costs, councils can plan their budgets with more certainty and have greater control over their expenses.

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OCT
24

NALC takes steps to regulate fees for residential properties  

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) agreed to adopt a motion regulating fees for residential properties during its Policy Committee meeting on 17 October 2023.

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OCT
18

NALC advocates for community wealth funding distribution through local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has taken a proactive stance, calling on the government to allocate its Community Wealth Fund resources through local (parish and town) councils in regions below 20,000 population.

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OCT
18

Smaller Councils Committee focuses on committee elections and key initiatives

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils Committee met on 10 October 2023 to discuss the upcoming NALC committee elections and other key initiatives. 

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OCT
18

Understanding and celebrating Black History Month UK 2023

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Author: Angela M, chief executive officer of International Black History Month UK


October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK. This national celebration aims to celebrate, remember, and reflect on the contributions of African and Caribbean heritage people to the British economy, culture, and history.

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OCT
17

NALC prepares for committee elections as nomination deadline looms

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is preparing for its committee elections as the nomination deadline closes on 25 October 2023. NALC is urging all interested candidates to put themselves forward for a role that could shape the future of local governance.

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OCT
17

NALC announces the latest Local Council Award Scheme results

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced the latest Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) results.

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OCT
16

NALC publishes its quarterly activity report

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The National Association of Local Councils has published its quarterly activity report covering July to September 2023.

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OCT
16

NALC urges the government to reevaluate its proposal for local planning authorities

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) strongly urges the government to reevaluate its proposal for local planning authorities (LPAs) to conduct periodic reviews of their local plans every five years.

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OCT
12

Women councillors network meet to discuss the wellbeing of councillors

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Women councillors met on 11 October 2023 to discuss the Community Safety Charter, the wellbeing of women councillors in local (parish and town) councils, and White Ribbon Day 2023.

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OCT
11

Legionella risk — appointment of contractors for local authorities  

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Author: Sam Hagen, digital marketer at the Water Hygiene Centre 


This blog looks at the considerations any local authority should make in determining how to appoint a contractor(s) to support them to ensure that water systems are free from microbiological contamination for those who use them.

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OCT
10

NALC meets with Barclays on banking

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with the Barclays Know Your Customer team and other senior Barclays representatives last week on 22 September 2023.

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OCT
10

Local councils successfully bid for the Community Ownership Fund

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Local (parish and town) councils across England were successful bidders for the Community Ownership Fund.

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OCT
05

White Ribbon steering group meets to discuss White Ribbon Day

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) White Ribbon steering group discussed NALC’s plan for this year’s White Ribbon Day when they met on 4 October 2023.

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OCT
04

Local councils included in the prime minister's £1 billion long-term plan for towns

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The government has unveiled 55 towns that will benefit from a £1.1 billion levelling up investment as part of a long-term plan for towns that provide long-term investment in towns that have been overlooked and taken for granted.

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OCT
04

Why should you use social media in a consultation? 

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Author: Katerina Sukstul, head of platform delivery and engagement at GoCollaborate 


In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, local authorities find themselves at a crossroads, facing the dual challenges of engaging their communities effectively and adapting to the ever-increasing demands for transparency and participation in decision-making processes. 

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OCT
03

NALC attends the White Ribbon Conference

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the White Ribbon Conference at Villa Park in Birmingham on 26 September 2023.

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OCT
03

NALC holds an event on engaging with local communities through digital engagement

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an online event on engaging with local communities through digital engagement on 27 September 2023.

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OCT
02

Help crown this year's Star Council Awards Council of the Year

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The public will again crown this year's National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards 2023 Council of the Year category.

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OCT
02

NALC announces Star Council Awards 2023 finalists

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is thrilled to announce the prestigious Star Council Awards finalists. After an exhaustive evaluation process, our expert panel of judges has selected these exceptional individuals, councils and county associations as the best in their respective categories.

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SEP
27

Supporting your communities through tree planting 

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Author: Richard Stanford CB MBE, chief executive of the Forestry Commission  


With growing environmental pressures to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, never has it been a more important time to grow trees. The UK government and local authorities share a common goal to halt the decline in biodiversity by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.

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SEP
27

NALC and SLCC appoint a new chair of the Improvement and Development Board

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The Improvement and Development Board (IDB) has appointed James Alexander as its new independent chair.

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SEP
27

NALC has released extra tickets for making the planning system work for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released extra tickets to its sold-out online event on making the planning system work for local (parish and town) councils, which takes place on 22 November 2023.

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