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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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FEB
07

NALC expands its services with a new suite of HR resources

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has expanded its services by launching a new suite of HR resources to help local (parish and town) councils on a range of employment matters.

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FEB
05

Newly elected MPs to champion local councils

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Cherilyn Mackrory MP for Falmouth and Truro, and Richard Holden MP for North West Durham, both elected in December's General Election, are to become champions of local (parish and town) councils in parliament.

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FEB
05

NALC tells government not to weaken the planning system

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has reacted to the publication of the government's Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report by saying that government attempts to improve housing quality shouldn't weaken the planning system.

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FEB
03

NALC announces the return of Lobby Day

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it will once again hold a Lobby Day, on 10 March 2020.

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JAN
31

Baroness Jane Scott new president of NALC

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Baroness Jane Scott of Bybrook OBE is the new president of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the representative body for England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils.

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JAN
29

NALC wants an end to referendum principles

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has told the government that it needs to exclude local (parish and town) councils permanently from referendum principles for council tax increases.

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JAN
28

NALC successfully pilots national LCAS panel

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has successfully piloted a national panel for its Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS).

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JAN
23

NALC seeks views on JPAG's Practitioners' Guide

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is seeking opinions on behalf of the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) on its Practitioners' Guide.

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JAN
23

NALC calls on local councils to support the Great British Spring Clean

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to get involved as Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) launches the Great British Spring Clean 2020.

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JAN
09

NALC launches new study tour programme

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched three new study tours across 2020/21 at three dynamic larger local (parish and town) councils.

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DEC
18

Open letter: Working together to build stronger communities

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Building stronger communities were the theme of October’s NALC Annual Conference where Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, paid tribute to England’s 100,000 councillors for all the work they do for their places. And I want to add my own thanks and appreciation, and wish you all the very best for the new decade ahead.

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DEC
12

Surveillance Camera Commissioner reminds local councils of regulations 

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter has written to local (parish and town) councils in England and Wales reminding them of the rules around the use of surveillance camera systems in public places.

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DEC
05

NALC meets Birchwood Big Local to discuss urban parishing

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has attended a meeting of Birchwood Big Local in Lincoln to discuss the creation of a new urban local (parish and town) council for the area.

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DEC
03

NALC celebrates Tree Charter Day

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) celebrated Tree Charter Day on 30 November, as part of National Tree Week.

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