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NOV
29

NALC announces Larger Councils Committee election results

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has just completed the elections process for 2019-21 for its Larger Councils Committee (its corporate voice for larger local councils).

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NOV
29

NALC Spring Conference open for bookings

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened bookings to its Spring Conference next year on 17 March 2020.

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NOV
21

NALC launches new health and wellbeing webpage

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today launched a new webpage on health and wellbeing to support one of...

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NOV
12

Open letter from NALC chairman urges political party leaders to empower communities

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an open letter to political party leaders urging their General Election manifestos to help communities to help themselves so local people can build strong communities.

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NOV
01

The Good Councillor's guide to transport planning published by NALC

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new guide for local (parish and town) councillors on transport planning.

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NOV
01

NALC declares a climate emergency

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) declared a climate emergency following overwhelming support at a panel session this year's Annual Conference.

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OCT
30

NALC and LGA launch new guide to tackle loneliness

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today launched a new joint guide with the Local Government Association (LGA) on tackling loneliness.

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OCT
29

The Princess Royal celebrates 125 years of local councils with NALC

The Princess Royal, today visited the National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Annual Conference to celebrate 125 years of local (parish and town) councils.

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OCT
29

NALC crowns Star Council Awards winners

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards winners were this evening announced at a celebratory ceremony at NALC’s Annual Conference.

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OCT
18

NALC meets new local government minister

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has held a very ‘positive’ introductory meeting with Luke Hall MP, the new local government minister.

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OCT
18

NALC urges government to end toilet tax after Queen’s Speech

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is again urging the government to re-introduce the non-domestic rating (public lavatories) billto end the “toilet tax” on public conveniences local (parish and town) councils manage – after it was not included in the Queen’s Speech on Monday.

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OCT
17

New website accessibility regulations resources 

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It is important that everyone can easily access information provided by local (town and parish) councils online, including those with disabilities. According to Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales, there are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK.

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OCT
17

NALC opens nominations to its Smaller Councils Committee

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened nominations to its Smaller Councils Committee to candidates for 2020/21.

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OCT
14

NALC celebrates National Democracy Week

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The National Association of Local Councils is celebrating National Democracy Week to raise awareness of what democracy means to local (parish and town) councils and to encourage more people to stand for elections.

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OCT
10

NALC supports World Mental Health Day

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According to Mind, the mental health charity, 1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health issue every year. As the first level of local government, local (parish and town) councils play a huge role in caring for their communities. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) fully supports their members to champion their mental health and that of their communities.

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OCT
08

Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils launches new publication unitary governance

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Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (NCALC) has launched a new publication that sets out the role of local (parish and town) councils in the context of unitary local government.

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OCT
07

NALC showcases the work of local councils at Healthwatch 2019

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) were at the Healthwatch 2019 conference to highlight key health issues and to improve communication between local (parish and town) councils, county associations and Healthwatch branches.

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OCT
04

NALC urges the Conservatives to support local councils in tackling loneliness

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the Conservative Party to provide support to help the 10,000 local (parish and town) councils in England to tackle loneliness and isolation.

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OCT
01

NALC teams up with Epilepsy Society

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The National Association of Local Councils has teamed up with the Epilepsy Society to raise awareness of the hidden disabilities in communities. The partnership will promote the role of local (parish and town) councils play in improving people's quality of life.

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SEP
26

Council Spotlight: Waltham Abbey Town Council

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Waltham Abbey Town Council has an estimated population of over 20,000 with 11 elected councillors. The council is also accredited with...

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SEP
24

NALC calls on Labour to support the creation of new local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called on the Labour Party to support the creation of new local (parish and town) councils as part of their devolution agenda for England.

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SEP
23

NALC meets new Local Government Association chairman

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held its first meeting with Cllr James Jamieson, the new chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA).

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SEP
23

NALC meets Sir Tony Redmond about local audit

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with Sir Tony Redmond to share the experiences of local (town and parish) councils with the current audit regime.

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SEP
17

NALC urges Liberal Democrats to back new powers for local councils in Queen’s Speech

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The forthcoming Queen’s Speech must include legislation to give local (parish and town) councils more powers to help them build strong communities, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has told the Liberal Democrat party at their annual conference.

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SEP
16

NALC publishes an activity report on the local council sector

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a quarterly report highlighting its activity within the sector.

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SEP
13

Local councils should use their powers to support rural community businesses

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed calls by Plunkett FoundationLocality and ACRE as part of an Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funded programme that local (parish and town) councils should use their powers to support the creation of community businesses.

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SEP
09

NALC pilots first Peer Review in Chippenham

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today arrived at Chippenham Town Council in Wiltshire to pilots its first-ever Peer Review.

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SEP
09

NALC supports Communities Week

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is proud to support this year's Communities Week to help recognise the work of local people, groups and organisations across the country.

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SEP
05

NALC to respond to the government's consultation on the deployment of 5G

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will be responding to the government's consultation on the proposed reforms to permitted development rights to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage.

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SEP
04

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to attend NALC Annual Conference

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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will be attending the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference on 29 October 2019.

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SEP
02

NALC urges the chancellor to give local councils fairer funding in Spending Review

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Ahead of the Spending Review, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to ensure local (parish and town) councils have the flexible and diverse funding they need to continue playing a vital role in building strong communities.

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AUG
30

NALC becomes an official Dementia Friendly organisation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today become a Dementia Friendly organisation and is calling on all local (parish and town) councils to follow suit to tackle one of the UK’s biggest health problems.

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AUG
27

NALC will respond to government audit review

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has confirmed that it will be responding to the government's review into local government audit led by Sir Tony Redmond.

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AUG
08

NALC publishes updated Model Financial Regulations

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This week the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) published its updated Model Financial Regulations for England and Wales.

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AUG
01

NALC supports getting rural communities up and running

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has lent its backing to The Village Survival Guide, a new publication from rural charity The Prince’s Countryside Fund, published on 1 August 2019.

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JUL
31

NALC calls to extend business rates reliefs on all public conveniences

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill, which sees moves to address exempting public conveniences from business rates potentially saving 6,500 toilets from closing. However, NALC would like to see the bill go further and extend business rates reliefs to all public toilets.

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JUL
30

NALC researches the 2019 local elections 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is researching the local elections in May this year to examine the elections process for local (parish and town) councils.

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JUL
25

NALC congratulates Robert Jenrick MP on new communities secretary role

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has congratulated Robert Jenrick MP on his appointment as the new secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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JUL
25

NALC welcomes government plans to strengthen the role of local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the government's announcement for plans to strengthen the purpose and role of local (parish and town) councils across the country, including a commitment to make it easier to set up new local councils.

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JUL
25

NALC opens nominations to its Larger Councils Committee

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened up the nominations to its Larger Councils Committee for candidates for 2020.

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JUL
24

NALC announces Star Council Awards finalists – vote for your Council of the Year

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today announced its Star Council Awards finalists. The awards recognise the achievements of...

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JUL
23

NALC to respond to a new consultation on the data-sharing code of practice

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will be responding to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) new consultation on the data-sharing code of practice.

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JUL
19

RSA report backs call for rural strategy

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The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Food, Farming and Countryside Commission made strong calls for a government rural strategy when it published its report Our Future In The Land this week.

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JUL
12

NALC achieves Cyber Essentials certification

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is proud to announce successful accreditation to the Cyber Essentials Scheme, demonstrating our commitment to data and cybersecurity.

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JUL
11

NALC calls for local councils to sign the Tree Charter

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today urged all local (parish and town) councils to sign up to the Tree Charter and become Charter Branches.

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JUL
10

Local councils supporting rural community businesses

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed recognition by the Plunkett Foundation that local (parish and town) councils can play an important role in supporting the creation of community businesses.

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JUN
28

NALC demands Spitalfields residents are given a referendum on a new local council

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the London Borough of Tower Hamlets principal authority to hold a referendum on proposals to create a new local (parish and town) council in Spitalfields.

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JUN
26

NALC agrees on measures to help strengthen neighbourhood planning

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has agreed on a range of measures to help strengthen the neighbourhood planning process.

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JUN
26

NALC calls for the Financial Services Ombudsman to cover local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called this week for all local (parish and town) council financial complaints (particularly those regarding banks) to be heard by the financial ombudsman.

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JUN
26

NALC's Smaller Councils Committee urges councils to support the training of councillors and staff

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The Smaller Councils Committee of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is urging smaller sized local (parish and town) councils to support the training and development of their councillors and staff.

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