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JUN
19

NALC supports Loneliness Awareness Week

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to support Loneliness Awareness Week by publishing 50 short case studies demonstrating how local (parish and town) councils of all sizes are getting involved to help tackle loneliness, a problem which increases the likelihood of premature mortality by 26%.

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JUN
10

NALC study tour researches Bishop’s Stortford transport project

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today sent a best practice delegation to discover how Bishop’s Stortford Town Council Hertfordshire is improving community transport for adult social care services.

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JUN
04

Put permitted development through the planning system, says NALC

 

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NALC disagrees with the Government’s recent announcement that businesses and homeowners can extend their homes without having to go through local planning departments (otherwise known as permitted development rights).

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JUN
04

NALC welcomes IFS council funding report

 

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NALC has welcomed the recent publication of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report into council funding, agreeing with many of its findings.

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JUN
03

Council Spotlight: Nailsea Town Council

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Nailsea Town Council has an estimated population of 16,500 residents and a precept of £471,334. The council is also accredited with the Foundation Award under the National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Local Council Award Scheme.

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MAY
31

NALC welcomes MHCLG precept revision

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to see revised precept figures from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) which show that the average Band D precept increase in 2019/20 was actually 4.9% and not 5.7% as published in March.

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MAY
21

NALC calls on local councils to submit their nominations for the People's Award

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to submit their nominations for the People’s Award to mark today's official launch of Transport Planning Day 2019.

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MAY
13

Keep audit light touch, NALC tells national audit body

NALC has today urged the National Audit Office (NAO) to keep the audit of smaller bodies proportionate and light touch in...

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MAY
03

NALC meets housing minister

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The chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met the housing minister, Kit Malthouse MP, to press for neighbourhood planning to be strengthened including giving greater protection for neighbourhood plans.

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MAY
03

VE Day 75th anniversary plans announced

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Organisers of VE Day 75 next year have announced more details of planned activities taking place over the weekend of 8-10 May 2020, and are encouraging all local (parish and town) councils to get involved.

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MAY
01

Council Spotlight: Danbury Parish Council

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Danbury Parish Council has 13 elected councillors with an estimated population of 6,000 residents and a precept of £205,252. The council is also accredited with The Quality Gold under the National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Local Council Award Scheme.

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APR
30

Invest in community transport, says NALC

 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is today calling for the Government to invest more money in community transport in rural areas across England – and to clarify the rules around the use of community transport by local (parish and town) councils. 

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APR
25

NALC backs calls for rural strategy

 

countryside imageThe National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has backed calls from the Rural Services Network (RSN) for the government to develop a rural strategy.

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APR
24

Department for Transport issue Traffic Commissioner consultation

The Department for Transport has issued a new consultation on the vehicle operator licensing system which is due to come into force by 1 April 2020.  NALC will be responding.

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APR
11

House of Lords Select Committee praises the work of local councils in Cornwall

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A new report published by the House of Lords Select Committee on regenerating seaside towns and communities has praised the work of local (parish and town) councils in Cornwall.

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APR
09

NALC calls for more social and affordable housing

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today called for the government to enable more social and affordable housing to be built and provided for those otherwise unable to access this accommodation.

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APR
04

Three new local councils created in Dorset

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Dorset saw the creation of three new local (parish and town) councils this week as local government reorganisation in the county went up a gear.

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MAR
29

NALC launches Annual Conference 2019 – book now!

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today launched its Annual Conference 2019 taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes on 28 and 29 October 2019. 

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MAR
28

NALC backs abolition of charter trustees

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is today urging the government to abolish all charter trustee bodies which have not become local (parish and town) councils by the end of the next parliament.

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MAR
27

Local councils share of council tax to increase

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Figures released today by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show the average increase in the small share of council tax raised by local (parish and town) councils will increase by a penny a day in 2019/2020.

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MAR
22

National Audit Office issues a consultation on the Code of Audit Practice

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The National Audit Office has issued a consultation on the new Code of Audit Practice, which is due to come into force by 1 April 2020. NALC will be responding.

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MAR
15

Government amends rules around publication of candidate addresses

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Local government minister Rishi Sunak MP has written to leaders of principal authorities in England informing them of changes to the rules around publication of candidate addresses.

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MAR
15

NALC launches national awards to recognise community champions

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has officially launched its prestigious Star Council Awards for 2019 to recognise the achievements of the parish and town (local) council sector and celebrate the positive impact local councils, county associations, local councillors and clerks make to their communities.

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FEB
15

New report highlights the state of rural services in England

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A new report published this week has highlighted the state of rural services in England, showing basic mobile calls are not possible across main networks in a third of homes and residents are losing out as bus services are scrapped.

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FEB
12

Tracey Crouch MP calls on local councils to help battle loneliness

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Former minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch MP, called on local (parish and town) councils to help residents suffering from loneliness at the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Spring Conference on 11 February 2019.

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JAN
31

NALC call on local councils, as 1% of councillors are below 25

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The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Councillor Census Survey found that of the 100,000 councillors serving local (parish and town) councils, there are only 700 councillors (0.7%) aged 25 or below.

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JAN
30

Inquiry by Prime Minister’s independent advisory body backs NALC call to strengthen standards regime for 100,000 councillors

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A year-long Parliamentary inquiry into ethical standards in local government, published today (30 January), has backed calls from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) for reforms to the current regime aimed at improving behaviour in 10,000 local (parish and town) councils.

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JAN
23

NALC works with partners on loneliness

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) joint work with the Local Government Association (LGA) and The Campaign Company (TCC) is to continue with an initiative to tackle loneliness.

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JAN
22

NALC calls on local councils to join 370,000 volunteers for the Great British Spring Clean

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Today, Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) launched the Great British Spring Clean for 2019 and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to get involved once again.

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JAN
18

NALC sends an open letter to its 100,000 councillors

Today, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter sent an open letter to its 100,000 local (parish and town) councillors.

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JAN
17

New NALC publication shines a light on 150 local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today has published its new publication highlighting the good work England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are doing more for their communities.

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JAN
16

NALC judge £2.5m Aviva Community Fund

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today took part in the judging for the Aviva Community Fund.

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DEC
20

NALC Star Council Awards winners meet to share good practice

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This year's Star Council Awards, Council of the Year winners Northwich Town Council, Cheshire and previous winners Halewood Town Council, Merseyside, met to discuss issues facing their communities and share good practice.

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DEC
04

NALC publishes new materials to help local councils promote elections

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As part of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) elections campaign, it has published an array of materials to help local (parish and town) councils promote the local elections in 2019.

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DEC
03

Government publishes guidance on retail discount

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New guidance has been issued by the government on supporting local authorities in administering the Retail Discount.

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NOV
28

Local councils embrace Tree Charter Day

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has partnered with the Woodland Trust to support local (parish and town) councils embed the principles of the Tree Charter.

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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
07

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 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 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
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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