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NOV
15

Double boost for community-led transport as NALC announces new partnership

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced a new partnership with the Foundation for Integrated Transport (FIT) to help local (parish and town) councils develop business plans for transport social enterprises that have a chance of being financially self-sustaining.

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NOV
08

NALC launches new toolkit on digital mapping

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published the Digital Mapping Toolkit to help local (parish and town) councils understand digital mapping and the benefits it can have to them and their communities.

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NOV
06

Lord Porter calls on local councils to help deliver community-led housing

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In a statement to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference, Lord Porter of Spalding, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) chairman, has highlighted the vital role local (parish and town) councils have to play in delivering community-led housing following the scrapping of the housing cap.

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NOV
01

Local government minister praises parish power

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Rishi Sunak MP applauds local councils at recent National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference.

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OCT
30

NALC celebrates Star Council Awards winners

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In a dazzling event on the first day of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference, the Star Council Awards winners were announced.

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OCT
30

NALC launch new diversity report

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The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Diversity Commission new report finds local (parish and town) councils lack gender balance, ethnicity and youth.

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OCT
29

NALC's call to end toilet tax answered by the government

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that public toilets will receive new mandatory business rates relief, following an extensive and prolonged campaign to end the toilet tax by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Members of Parliament.

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OCT
26

NALC welcomes quicker finance settlements for greater certainty

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pushing for quicker local government finance settlements for local (parish and town) councils from the government.

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OCT
25

NALC secures discount for the new edition of Arnold Baker

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has secured a 20% discount for member councils and county associations off the purchase price.

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OCT
17

Sevenoaks Town Council among finalists for transport award

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Kent’s Sevenoaks Town Council is in the frame to pick up an award in the inaugural People’s Award – an initiative by the Transport Planning Society.

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OCT
16

Join NALC on a study tour to Bishop’s Stortford Town Council

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is heading to Bishop’s Stortford Town Council in Hertfordshire on 10 and 11 June 2019 for its annual study tour.

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OCT
15

New London town council could be on the cards

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The campaign for a new local (parish and town) council in London has been given a boost following a decision by Tower Hamlets Borough Council to validate a petition by campaigners.

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SEP
18

NALC announces Star Council Awards finalist - vote for your Council of the Year

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards are the only awards in England to recognise the achievements of local council sector.

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SEP
14

Government publishes updated model byelaws

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has undertaken an exercise to bring model byelaws up-to-date including accompanying guidance.

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SEP
06

Surveillance Camera Commissioner letter to local councils

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Following Tony Porter recent letter to all police forces in England and Wales, the Surveillance Commissioner for England and Wales has now written to local (parish and town) councils in England and community and town councils in Wales.

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SEP
06

NALC highlights red tape costs on local projects

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The hidden costs to local (parish and town) councils in providing popular community services such as Christmas lights have been raised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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SEP
05

Council Spotlight: Cirencester Town Council

Cirencester Town Council has an estimated population of 20,000 residents, with a precept of £908,895. There are 15 locally elected councillors – two representing the wards Abbey, Beeches, Chesterton, Four Acres, St Michaels, Stratton and Watermoor, and one councillor representing New Mills Ward.

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AUG
31

NALC is calling for local councils to nominate community business champions

With the Plunkett Foundation opening their Rural Community Ownership Awards, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is encouraging local (town and parish) councils to put forward rural community businesses who have had a positive impact in their local community.

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AUG
24

NALC welcomes government’s Social Housing Green Paper

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the publication of the government’s Social Housing Green Paper, last week.

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AUG
03

NALC urges local councils to involve youth in local decision making

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The Princes Countryside Fund has launched the Recharging Rural report, which shows rural communities are increasingly helping themselves to improve their quality of life but feel as though they are becoming more remote.

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AUG
03

Local councils in favour of single, mandatory code of conduct

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Local (parish and town) councils would support a single code of conduct that could be to be used by all local authorities, according to research conducted by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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AUG
03

Local government collaboration is vital for community services, says MP Andrew Gwynne

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Labour’s Andrew Gwynne believes the best way principal and local (parish and town) councils can deliver for their local communities is to work better together.

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AUG
01

NALC welcomes further capping deferral

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the Government's proposal in the Local government finance settlement 2019 to 2020: technical consultation to again defer the setting of referendum principles for parish and town (local) councils.

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JUL
27

NALC welcomes Future of Communities report

Responding to the publication of the Local Trust / Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) report on the Future of Communities, Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “NALC warmly welcomes the publication by Local Trust of its long-awaited Future of Communities report.

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JUL
26

Council Spotlight: Penwortham Town Council

Penwortham Town Council sits within the borough district of South Ribble, with 20,000 residents and a precept of £140,000.

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JUL
26

NPPF refresh should have gone further says NALC

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Responding to the publication of the long-awaited National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) update by Government yesterday.

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JUL
13

NALC strengthens voice for larger councils

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NALC today opened up the nominations process to its flagship Larger Councils’ Committee for candidates to 2020.

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JUL
13

Lack of local councils in England is silencing communities, says NALC

Only 30% of England is currently served by a local (parish or town) council. The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) wants this number to increase so communities in England have a voice.

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JUL
09

NALC welcomes calls for local government reorganisation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes calls for local government reorganisation from Nicholas Rushton, leader of Leicestershire County Council who declared that the time had come to explore having new councils.

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JUN
29

NALC wants to see an increase in homes

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Responding to the Labour's consultation on the social housing green paper, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for housing stock to be improved, as levels have depleted beyond acceptable levels.

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JUN
28

NALC calls for planning authorities to consult with local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for planning authorities to consult with local (parish and town) councils prior to submitting plans for the design of homes.

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JUN
22

NALC and SLCC demands urgent government talks on The Ledbury Case

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Councils Clerks (SLCC) have written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Local Government Association to highlight concerns about a recent legal judgement.

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JUN
21

NALC wants tighter laws to deal with unauthorised encampments

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In response to the government’s consultation on unlawful developments and encampments, National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for principal authorities and the police to have more powers.

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JUN
14

NALC backed Sheerness campaign to get new local council

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is delighted at last nights news that Sheerness will get a new local (parish and town) council.

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JUN
12

Council Spotlight: Waddesdon Parish Council

Waddesdon Parish Council in Buckinghamshire has a small population of 1,500 residents, with a precept of £97,250. However, this council continuously punching above its weight.

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JUN
01

NALC letter to The Sunday Times raises rural housing issues

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and nine other organisations have raised the issue of rural housing in a joint letter to The Sunday Times.

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JUN
01

Kent Association of Local Councils helps combat dementia

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The Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) has joined up with the Alzheimer’s Society and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to help local communities across the county combat dementia in their local areas.

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JUN
01

NALC urges the government to simplify council creation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is urging the government to make it easier for communities to set up new local (parish and town) councils in England.

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MAY
24

Local councils help the elderly get online

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Age UK has published a report entitled Everything is online nowadays. It warns that elderly people who struggle to use the internet are finding it increasingly difficult to claim housing benefit and council tax support.

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MAY
16

NALC launches new guide with the Local Government Association

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to launch a new guide setting out how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership.

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MAY
01

Council Spotlight: Gillingham Town Council

Gillingham Town Council has an estimated population of 11,500 residents in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, with a precept of £764,594. There are 17 locally elected councillors – nine representing Town Ward, four Wyke Ward, two Ham Ward, one Milton-on-Stour Ward and one Rural Ward.

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MAY
01

NALC to develop a new vision for community councils in post-Brexit Britain

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is set to rethink the role of England’s 10,000 community councils by developing a new vision for the sector following Britain’s departure from the European Union, with proposals considered at the trade body’s centre-piece annual conference this Autumn.

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APR
30

NALC launches national awards to recognise community champions

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has officially launched their prestigious Star Council Awards for 2018 to recognise the achievements of the community, town and parish (local) council sector and celebrate the positive impact local councils, county associations, local councillors and clerks make to their communities.

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APR
12

NALC demands fairer funding for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed a letter from the government sent to billing authorities urging them to reconsider passing local council tax support funding on to local councils.

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APR
11

NALC helps 5,000 local councils go digital

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Communities in England are now benefiting from better access to information about how their local council is spending their money, and the services they provide following an investment of £4.7m from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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APR
06

NALC publishes new Tree Charter toolkit

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To help local councils become a leading force for good practice for trees in the UK, NALC has been working in partnership with the Woodland Trust to publish new guidance to support the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Throughout 2017 NALC worked with the Woodland Trust to develop a new toolkit on applying the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter for local councils and offers guidance on how the Tree Charter can be used, in conjunction with strategies such as neighbourhood planning and the Tree Warden Scheme, to support good practice regarding trees.

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MAR
29

Local councils now investing half a billion to safeguard local services

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New figures show local councils in England are set to spend an extra £33m on local services over the next year. An analysis from National Association of Local Councils (NALC) suggests this additional investment will be spent on safeguarding facilities such as public toilets, youth services, parks, open spaces and libraries.

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MAR
28

NALC celebrates BHIB partnership with Outreach Partner status and open letter to local councils

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To celebrate the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) strong relationship with BHIB Insurance Brokers, NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter has written an open letter to local councils.

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MAR
23

NALC Lobby Day sees over 100 MPs engage with local councils

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This year’s Lobby Day (supported by CCLA) taking place in Portcullis House, Westminster on 20 March 2018, organised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) saw over 100 MPs engaging with the sector, making it even bigger than previous years.

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MAR
21

NALC publishes guidance to help local councils report finance and governance

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to publish this important guide to help local councils report on their finance and governance.

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