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OCT
01

NALC's upcoming publication on dementia goes to Number 10

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the University of Plymouth (UoP) upcoming publication on dementia-friendly communities made its first appearance at Number 10 last week.

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SEP
30

NALC to host health wellbeing event on local government collaboration

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is holding a new event, Leaders talk: Collaboration for health and wellbeing, on how the different tiers of local government are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

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SEP
28

NALC launches a new publication on climate change

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today launched a new publication on climate change at its Leaders talk: Rebuilding sustainable communities online event.

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SEP
25

NALC calls for the government to empower local councils and level-up rural areas to support recovery

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The National Association of Local Councils has called on the government to use the Comprehensive Spending Review to empower local (parish and town) councils and level up rural areas to support England’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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SEP
24

NALC welcomes the publication of final Redmond report

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the recent publication of Sir Tony Redmond’s report into the oversight of audit and local government financial transparency.

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AUG
27

NALC chair and chief executive take part in a podcast

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The National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC’s) chair, Cllr Sue Baxter, and chief executive, Jonathan Owen, were recently interviewed for a podcast by the Public Sector Executive (PSE), the independent news brand for the UK public sector.

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AUG
27

NALC publishes a new briefing on the national salary pay scales

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

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AUG
25

NALC announce events to help communities go green

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced details for two events as part of the Rebuilding Communities online event series to help make communities greener.

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AUG
20

Sevenoaks Town Council gets a share of £1m for award-winning bus service

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Kent’s Sevenoaks Town Council has received more funding to support its acclaimed No.8 bus service.

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AUG
18

NALC forms partnership to release a new guide on community business

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has partnered with the Plunkett Foundation and Power to Change to release a new guide on community business, later this year.

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AUG
18

NALC reveal details for Health and Wellbeing Week

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has revealed details for its Health and Wellbeing Week in October, as part of the Rebuilding Communities online event series.

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AUG
11

NALC launch Local Council Award Scheme review

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has begun a review of the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) criteria.

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AUG
10

Funding boost to help communities plan their neighbourhoods

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Housing secretary, Robert Jenrick MP has today announced funding to help communities in urban and deprived areas plan their local neighbourhoods will almost double.

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AUG
07

Government department confirms local council funding eligibility

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has clarified to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) the eligibility of local (parish and town) councils for the business grants which are in place to support small businesses cope with the impact of COVID-19.

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AUG
06

Transport Planning Society and Royal College of Arts announce major research project with local councils

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The Transport Planning Society and the Royal College of Arts have announced a new major research project working with Biggleswade Town Council in Bedfordshire, Lyme Regis Town Council in Dorset and Haltwhistle Communitiy Partnership in Northumberland.

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AUG
05

High street guru to speak at NALC online event series

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Bill Grimsey (formerly of Iceland and Wickes) will join NALC's online event, Leaders’ talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020.

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AUG
05

Cornwall Council first to pass on government funding for pandemic related expenditure and lost income 

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Cornwall Council are set to be the first principal council in England to pass on government funding and provide financial support for local (parish and town) councils impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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AUG
04

Affordable Housing Commission publishes new affordable housing report

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The Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) has published a report on making housing affordable after COVID-19.

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JUL
24

Give local councils the support they need to help build back stronger

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an article for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) on the measures needed to let local (parish and town) councils continue to play a vital role for their communities during the pandemic.

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JUL
17

JPAG writes a letter to clarify queries on the Practitioners' Guide

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The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has written a letter to practitioners' clarifying a range of queries since the publication of the Practitioners' Guide early this year.

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JUL
16

NALC unites with LGA to urge the government to keep planning local

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today has united with the Local Government Association (LGA) to urge the government to keep planning local as better areas and homes can only be achieved through a local planning system with public participation.

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JUL
08

NALC unveils plans for series of online events

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today announced a new online event series that will focus on the theme of rebuilding communities.

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JUL
07

Government responds to NALC's call for clarity over the latest funding for councils

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The government has confirmed local (parish and town) councils are not included in their latest financial support package for local government, with district and unitary councils still expected to help them with funding.

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JUL
07

County Councils Network publish COVID-19 financial impact report

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The County Councils Network (CCN) has published a report on the financial impact of COVID-19 on principal authorities.

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JUL
06

Locality publish COVID-19 community response report

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Locality has published a major report on the response of community organisations to the COVID-19 crisis.

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JUL
03

Supporting local councils to reopen playgrounds safely

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Yesterday a number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) met with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to discuss the current government guidance. All involved were delighted by the enthusiasm shown for the provision of play, with it having huge mental and physical benefits to young people particularly at a time when their abilities to enjoy play outside of their homes have been curtailed during the current crisis.

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JUN
25

NALC chairman calls on local government minister to provide financial support

The chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Cllr Sue Baxter, has made strong representations directly to a local government minister, Simon Clarke MP, on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local (parish and town) council finances, urging him to introduce a financial support package.

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JUN
11

NALC calls on government to introduce sanctions to support the proposed code of conduct

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Eighteen months after the Committee on Standards in Public Life reported to the Prime Minister on improving ethical standards in local government, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pleased to have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to take forward the recommendation to develop an updated national model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. This is an important measure NALC called for and proposed to the committee.

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JUN
11

New Local Government Network publishes leadership survey findings  

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The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has published findings from its May 2020 Leadership Index survey.

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JUN
10

NALC and BHIB release new risk assessment guide for COVID-19

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NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance have produced a new guide on risk assessment for COVID-19.

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JUN
05

NALC launches new publication on website accessibility

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today has launched a new publication on website accessibility requirements.

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JUN
04

NALC team up with Team Doctor to offer workplace resources

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with Team Doctor to offer local (parish and town) councils access to workplace-related resources.

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JUN
04

NALC publishes new edition of Points of Light

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today published its new edition of Points of Light, which showcases the excellent work of local (parish and town) councils in building stronger communities.

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JUN
03

The Royal College of Art and the Transport Planning Society are seeking views on community planning

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The Royal College of Art and the Transport Planning Society are seeking communities and organisations that are planning for the futures of our communities. They want to help communities to ensure resilience in dealing with complex social, economic and environmental challenges.

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MAY
29

Open letter: Building back communities

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As we move to a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, I want to express my thanks for all your hard work and dedication over the last few challenging months.

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MAY
28

Latest Grimsey review seeks input from local councils

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The former retailer, Bill Grimsey, is seeking input from local (parish and town) councils to his rapid review on the impact of Covid-19 on high streets and town centres.

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MAY
07

NALC publishes the first-ever report on local council elections

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Today the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published its report on local (parish and town) council elections after undertaking the first national research of its kind.

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APR
22

England's 10,000 local councils step up during coronavirus crisis

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Local (parish and town) councils across England are galvanising their staff and volunteers to take action and look after the most vulnerable in their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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MAR
17

Great British Spring Clean postponed

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The Great British Spring Clean has decided to postpone its annual event due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

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MAR
13

The Ramblers launch path campaign

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The Ramblers has launched a campaign to build a growing movement across the country to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before it is too late.

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MAR
11

New chancellor’s budget includes measures to tackle coronavirus

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The new chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, has set out in his first budget a plan to support public services, individuals and businesses that may be affected by the coronavirus.

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MAR
11

MPs back parish power at NALC Lobby Day

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Members of Parliament have proudly supported their local (parish and town) councils by taking part in the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Lobby Day in parliament.

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MAR
09

Council Spotlight: Hullbridge Parish Council

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Hullbridge Parish Council in Essex has an estimated population of over 7,000 with a precept of £165,240 and 13 locally elected councillors. The council is also accredited with the Quality Gold Award under the National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Local Council Award Scheme.

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FEB
19

Tory MP supports NALC on calls to waive business rates

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Ric Holden MP has supported the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) long campaign to end the dreaded toilet tax.

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FEB
14

NALC magazine cover star becomes chancellor of the exchequer

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Rishi Sunak MP, who did an exclusive interview with the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) magazine, LCR, has been appointed as the new chancellor following a shock move in the cabinet reshuffle.

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FEB
14

NALC addresses commission on the future of local government

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has addressed a commission looking at the future of local government, calling for a levelling up of local democracy to boost community power through the establishment of local (parish and town) councils across the whole country.

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FEB
13

NALC’s Spring Conference attracts top speakers on health and wellbeing 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) announces today that Olivia Butterworth and Anna Calderwood from NHS England and Clare Pelham from the Epilepsy Society will speak at its Spring Conference on 17 March 2020. This year’s theme is health and wellbeing and is aimed at larger local (parish and town) councils.

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FEB
12

The Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice launched

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With climate change one of the biggest global threats we face and extreme weather events more frequent and more severe, the Property Flood Resilience Roundtable (PFRR) has launched the Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice.

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FEB
12

Council Spotlight: Watchet Town Council

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Watchet Town Council (WTC) in Somerset is a proactive, forward-thinking local council which benefits from a wealth of skills from its hard-working 12 councillors and staff of five. The town is located in West Somerset, which has been identified as the UK’s most deprived area in terms of employment, education and housing as measured by the social mobility index. By working with local businesses, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises, such as the new East Quay Development where many jobs will be created, WTC provides a voice to link and address these local issues.

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FEB
10

NALC's second Peer Review pilot commences 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and its Peer Review team arrived today at Falmouth Town Council to pilot its second-ever Peer Review of a local (parish or town) council.

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