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MAR
15

NALC partners with The Company of Community Organisers to mobilise community power

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National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to announce that it will be working with The Company of Community Organisers, an organisation that supports communities through building relationships and networks locally, to help councillors engage with communities and residents.

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MAR
13

House of Commons speaker John Bercow MP backs NALC Lobby Day and urges MPs to get involved

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The speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, has praised the forthcoming parliamentary engagement day organised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and called on all Members of Parliament to show their support and get involved.

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MAR
13

Council Spotlight: North Weald Bassett Parish Council

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North Weald Bassett Parish Council in Essex is a mixture of rural/sub-urban areas, three villages within the parish, with a population of an estimated 7,000 and precept of £172,034.

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MAR
08

NALC showcases International Women’s Day

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Today (8 March 2018) marks International Women’s Day 2018 and to celebrate, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) are showcasing some of our most influential female local councillors and shining a light on some of the issues that face them on a daily basis.

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MAR
02

NALC calls on government to fund new data burdens

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On the eve of a debate by MPs on the Data Protection Bill, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called for the government to provide funding to help parish councils comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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FEB
23

NALC launches new toolkit on General Data Protection Regulation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to publish, free for its members, a comprehensive toolkit to support local councils prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.

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FEB
14

NALC calls on local councils to get involved in The Great British Spring Clean

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for local councils to get involved in Keep Britain Tidy’s campaign, The Great British Spring Clean, which is taking place on 1 – 2 March 2018.

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FEB
13

Council Spotlight: Horley Town Council

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Horley is a large town in Surrey and will continue to grow over the coming years with major developments planned ahead. With excellent rail, road and airport links it makes it a popular area to live and work particularly with its access to and from London, South Coast, and Gatwick Airport.

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JAN
23

Parliament prepares for NALC Lobby Day 2018

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England’s 10,000 local councils will be descending upon the Houses of Parliament on 20 March 2018 as part of a Lobby Day to meet with Members of Parliament (MPs).

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JAN
17

NALC encourages digital mapping for local council

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Local councils need to understand the geographical area their council covers. From neighbourhood plans to tree maintenance to finding where their assets are located, mapping should be an integral part for any successful council.

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JAN
12

Final call for Transparency Fund applicants

Calling all smaller councils…We are now just one month away from the deadline for all Transparency Fund applications and we want as many local councils as possible to apply before it’s too late. The deadline for all applications is 5pm on 12 February 2018.

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JAN
05

New Year message from NALC chairman

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has written an open New Year letter to wish all local councils a very happy new year and a healthy, prosperous and successful 2018.

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DEC
21

Public Sector Audit Appointments publishes report on the results of auditors’ work

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Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) published its third report on the results of auditors’ work at local government bodies.

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DEC
21

Local councils are shaping local communities and economic development

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NALC's Making Local Economic Growth Work conference held on 13 December 2017, saw demands made to the Government that any of their economic development, devolution and localism plans must include communities, neighbourhood and local councils.

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DEC
14

Join NALC on study visit to Chippenham Town Council

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Come and learn about Chippenham Town Council’s unique culture and community offer. See how this award winning town council manages its dynamic culture portfolio in a challenging local government environment – as NALC opens up its annual larger council study visit for the first time.

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NOV
28

Rural communities to be hardest hit from Brexit

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More power should be devolved beyond national government and principal councils to local communities to help address the impact of the UK’s withdrawl from the EU.

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NOV
28

Transparency Fund two years on

It has now been two years since the Transparency Fund was launched and with just over three months of the NALC managed programme left, time is running out for local councils with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 to secure financial help to comply with the government’s Transparency Code.

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NOV
28

Defra needs you to help protect your community from bird flu

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Last winter the UK experienced several outbreaks of avian influenza - better known as bird flu. This highly contagious disease affects birds including chickens, ducks and geese, and can be fatal to them, devastating farmers’ livelihoods. It is just as much of a risk to those with a few chickens in a back garden as to commercial farmers and anyone who keeps chickens, ducks or geese needs to be aware of the risk and take steps now to address it.

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NOV
28

Battle’s Over - A Nation’s Tribute

On the 3 August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and gaslights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

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NOV
22

NALC responds to Autumn Budget 2017

There are encouraging signs from the Chancellor on his vision for the future of the economy, devolution and handing more power to local people, however he missed a trick by not going further to boost the Government’s devolution and localist credentials.

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NOV
20

NALC system update

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NALC is currently experiencing an IT problem. We are working to resolve this. However, it does mean NALC will not be able to receive or send emails until 22 November 2017.

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NOV
03

NALC demands more power for communities

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National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Annual Conference held on Monday 30 October and Tuesday 31 October 2017, saw a major push for putting local (parish and town) councils and communities more in control of how services are delivered in neighbourhoods and to be given a greater leadership role in solving the problems of society.

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OCT
31

NALC joins forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to fight dementia

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NALC have united with the Alzheimer’s Society to help the community battle against dementia in local areas. At NALC’s Annual Conference on 31 October, the chairman of NALC, Cllr Sue Baxter, and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador and famous broadcaster Angela Rippon jointly sign a strategic commitment on dementia.

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OCT
31

NALC announces Star Councils 2017 winners

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced on 30 October 2017 the winners of the Star Councils 2017 awards.

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OCT
23

Future of rural communities under spotlight

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MPs, experts and stakeholders came together at an event organised by Hastoe Housing Association at the Conservative Party Conference to discuss how the successful continuation of rural communities can be ensured.

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OCT
19

Council Spotlight: Stratton St Margaret Parish Council

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Stratton St Margaret Parish Council in Wiltshire has a population of 23,000 and a precept of £1,165,809 and it prides itself on its strong role within the community, putting on regular community events such as the increasingly popular Stratton Festival. The council maintains around 30 green spaces and numerous community facilities, ensuring community groups and charities maintain an active presence in the area.

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OCT
03

NALC announces Star Councils 2017 finalists

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today (4 October 2017) announced the finalists for its Star Councils Awards.

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SEP
25

NALC responds to the government’s local government finance plans

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This month (September 2017), the department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its plans for local government finance. The plans come from a technical consultation paper on the 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement.

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SEP
25

Working together to help protect communities

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NALC and BHIB Insurance Brokers have started to act together in providing protection for local councils and communities.

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SEP
12

Council Spotlight: Hemsworth Town Council

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The Parish of Hemsworth has an estimated population of 13,533 (2011 Census figures) and a total electorate of 10,145. There are 15 locally elected councillors – nine representing Hemsworth Wards (South, East and West), three for Kinsley and three for Fitzwilliam.

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SEP
08

Dementia roadshow meets government minister

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Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community road show enjoyed a successful visit to Wythall, recently stopping off at Becketts Farm.

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SEP
08

NALC looks ahead to future support for larger councils

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Do you think you have what it takes to represent larger councils on a national scale? Now is your chance…

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AUG
31

NALC declares Star Councils Awards long list

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today (30th August) announced the long list for its Star Councils Awards.

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AUG
22

Ambitions to increase affordable rural housing

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Members of NALC are being invited to support the recently launched National Housing Federation’s 5-star plan for rural housing, which succinctly sets out an ambition to increase the supply of affordable rural homes.

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AUG
11

150 Points of Light shines spotlight on parish power

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An electric car club, a youth centre, a children’s pre-school, a local bus service, providing counselling support and helping young people into work are among examples of activity by local councils in a new document developed by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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AUG
10

Win up to £40k matched funding

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Kompan UK has launched their annual matched funding competition for new play or fitness equipment.

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JUL
18

Giving more of a voice to councillors

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De Montfort University’s Local Governance Research unit and The Municipal Journal have published the final report of the Councillor Commission, The Voice of the Councillor , which includes a chapter on England’s 80,000 local (parish and town) councillors.

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JUL
14

Show your love for your park

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Today (14 July) is the start of Love Parks Week and runs through to Sunday 23 July.

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JUL
06

New government must end sidelining of rural issues

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Coalition highlights that ‘rural England is not just about farming and the environment’ and calls for Brexit to be ‘rural-proofed’.

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JUL
05

Where next for localism?

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Local councils are taking on services to fill gaps as principal authorities cut provision, new NALC/LGC research reveals.

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JUN
23

The water market opens up for local councils

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Local (parish and town) council are no longer restricted to buying water services from the regional monopoly. The largest competitive water retail market in the world has opened for business, bringing the biggest change in the water sector since privatisation.

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JUN
12

Learning to be more open and transparent

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At a time when there is more demand for public bodies to be more open and transparent, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a guide for finance and transparency.

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JUN
09

NALC responds to the general election 2017 results

NALC responds to the general election 2017 results

Responding to the general election result Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of the National Association of Local Councils, said:

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MAY
26

NALC wants more local councils to get involved in Volunteers’ Week

NALC wants more local councils to get involved in Volunteers’ Week

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for more local councils across England to get involved in Volunteers’ Week, which is running from 1 June - 7 June 2017.

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MAY
18

The Good Councillor's guide to neighbourhood planning – designing the future of local communities

The Good Councillor's guide to neighbourhood planning – designing the future of local communities

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in association with Locality has published The Good Councillor's guide to neighbourhood planning. This guide is...

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MAY
17

Help NALC find out more about local councils

Help NALC find out more about local councils

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) would argue that the focus of today’s debates in local government tends to be around regional mayors and combined authorities and this is wrong headed because this is about creating new centres of power, which are distant from local communities.

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MAY
09

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute

On the 3 August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

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MAY
08

Working together to help protect communities

Working together to help protect communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and AON continue to act together in providing protection for local councils and communities....

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MAY
05

NALC survey shows local councils have a big environmental role

NALC survey shows local councils have a big environmental role

Local councils are heavily involved with trees and would benefit from greater support, National Association of Local Council's (NALC) recent survey has found.

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MAY
04

NALC calls for business rate localisation to be extended to local councils

NALC calls for business rate localisation to be extended to local councils

The government has been urged to be more local and more radical in its approach to localising business rates in order to help communities fund the growing range of local services provided by local councils.

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