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NALC encourages councils to apply for Dementia Friendly Awards 2016

NALC encourages councils to apply for Dementia Friendly Awards 2016

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils’ Committee agreed on 2 August 2016 to encourage local councils to consider applying for one of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Awards 2016.

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JUL
29

Key councillor guide launched in the East of England

Key councillor guide launched in the East of England

NALC went to Diss in Norfolk, Thursday 28th July 2016, to launch its key new guidance for parish and town councillors on good employment practice.

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JUL
25

The best parish green spaces celebrate Green Flag Award

The best parish green spaces celebrate Green Flag Award

A record number of local (parish and town) council parks and green spaces will be flying the Green Flag Award this year – around 30 in England.

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JUL
20

The rush for new parishes gathers pace

The rush for new parishes gathers pace

The community of Deptford, London are looking to join thousands of other areas and bring power to local neighbourhoods by handing in a petition on 19 July 2016 to Lewisham Borough Council to create a new local (parish and town) council in the locality.

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JUL
18

NALC visits Dunstable Town Council

The National Association of Local Council’s (NALC) sends a ‘best practice’ delegation to find out how Dunstable Town Council is improving quality of life services for residents and visitors to Dunstable.

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JUL
14

NALC supports The Great British High Street 2016

The Great British High Street Competition is a Government and business-led initiative which celebrates our nation’s much-loved high streets. Now in its third year, it showcases the people, businesses and partnerships that are putting their high street at the heart of their communities.

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JUL
08

Devolution must start with communities

NALC’s fringe event, Devo Local, held on 6th July, at the LGA Annual Conference in Bournemouth demanded that any devolution of power must begin with community involvement.

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JUL
05

Local councils urged to fly a Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day

Local (parish and town) councils throughout the UK are being invited to support a campaign to raise public awareness of our island nation’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

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JUL
04

New guide launched to help local councillors deliver better services

New guidance for parish councillors on good employment practice has been published by the National Association of Local Councils.

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JUN
30

Power to the People: NALC at LGA Conference

The National Association of Local Councils is heading to the LGA Annual Conference between 5 and 7 July 2016.

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JUN
29

Major planning awards wins for a town council

Newport Pagnell Town Council won not just one but two major awards recently given out by the prestigous Planning Magazine.

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JUN
17

Fly the flag for the Commonwealth in 2017

Monday 13th March 2017 will mark the Fly the Flag for Commonwealth day. NALC is urging all local councils to get involved in these important celebrations.
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JUN
13

Is the planning system working? - Update

Last week, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies and APPG on Local Democracy hosted a joint meeting in Parliament. The secretariat for these all party parliamentary groups are provided by NALC and Civic Voice respectively.

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JUN
02

Is the Planning System working?

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies and APPG on Local Democracy will host a joint meeting in Parliament on Tuesday, 7th June 2016. In light of the recent National Planning Policy Framework, the event will be asking ‘Is the Planning System working?’

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JUN
01

NALC to consider SLCC proposal

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will be considering Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) proposals to separate their trade union and professional association roles at NALC's Executive Committee on 7 June 2016 and then at National Council on 28 June 2016.

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MAY
26

Waves of support for coastal towns

A share of £90m funding for seaside resorts is up for grabs.

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MAY
20

Help us to find out more about devolution

Today it seems that devolution is about devolving power from central to principal local government.

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MAY
19

New pay award for local government workers

NALC welcomes the new agreement for a pay deal for local council officers and workers.

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MAY
16

Council of the Week: Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council

Stirchley and Brookside is a diverse parish with densely populated areas within the Brookside Avenue ring road, estates and larger properties in Stirchley and Holmer Lake as well as listed buildings in Stirchley Village. There are two local centres and good links to the town centre. The extensive green network including the Madebrook Local Nature Reserve and Holmer Lake are highly valued by residents.

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MAY
12

Campaigners challenge the Government on neighbourhood planning

Campaigners are urging Government to back up its pledge to give added strength to neighbourhood planning. After a debate on the Housing and Planning Bill on Monday (9 May).

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MAY
09

Council of the Week: Chippenham Town Council

Chippenham is the largest market town in Wiltshire and forecasted to continue to grow over the coming years. Its great location and excellent transport links makes it a popular area to live. A recent £21m redevelopment of the Wiltshire College campus, £705k refurbishment to create a new Neeld community and arts centre, rail electrification, first year of Chippenham Business Improvement District (BID). The town is committed to building on this potential.

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MAY
05

Update on the neighbourhood right of appeal

Two weeks ago the Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill to introduce a neighbourhood right of appeal.

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MAY
04

Council of the Week: Whitwick Parish Council

Whitwick is an ancient village mentioned in Domesday Book. It lies between Coalville, an industrial revolution mining town, and the rural Charnwood Forest.

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APR
29

NALC urges MPs to give communities planning right of appeal

Following campaigning by NALC, the Housing and Planning Bill was recently amended in the House of Lords to include a new clause giving parish and town councils a limited right of planning appeal.

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APR
29

NALC backs the Rural Coalition on the Housing and Planning Bill

NALC this week backed the Rural Coalition’s support of the government’s intention to respond positively to the cross political party concerns for safeguards for rural affordable housing raised during the passage of the Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Lords.

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APR
26

Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations

We are aware that many parish and town councils lit beacons and raised flags in honour of her 90th Birthday celebrations.
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APR
22

Peers win a neighbourhood right of appeal on planning

A cross political party group of Peers won the fight for the introduction of a new limited neighbourhood right of appeal.

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APR
21

Devolving and delivering

This jointly delivered event on 1 June 2016 from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) will explore the opportunities devolution presents for principal and local councils to work more collaboratively.

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APR
14

MPs back parish powerhouse at NALC Lobby Day

Scores of MPs lined up in Parliament yesterday to signal their support for England’s localist powerhouse during a Lobby Day organised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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APR
04

NALC launches Star Councils 2016 awards

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today (announced that it will be running its second Star Councils awards in 2016, following the success of the first year of the programme in 2015.

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APR
01

Parish commissioner added to panel looking into the role of councillors

Cllr Mike Evans from Whiteley Town Council has joined a high profile panel of local government experts on the Councillor Commission as 'parish commissioner'.

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APR
01

Keeping communities clean and open to all

Budget 2016 announcement could signal end to parish councils paying ‘toilet tax’

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APR
01

National Living Wage impact on local councils

The Government's National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force on 1 April 2016. It replaced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for all workers aged 25 and over.

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MAR
31

Governance and Accountability

The Practitioners’ Guide (‘the guide’) has been published by the Smaller Authorities Proper Practices Board to support the preparation by local (parish and town) councils of statutory annual accounting and governance statements.

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MAR
29

Let’s work together to protect your local environment

New rules have been introduced at the beginning of this year in the effort to improve water quality and reduce pollution.

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MAR
24

Give local councils the right to appeal planning decisions

The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties.

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MAR
23

Exclusive offer for NALC members

The new edition of Arnold Baker’s Local Council Administration is due to be published this Summer.
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MAR
16

NALC’s response to Budget 2016

Jonathan Owen, chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) said: "This is a bittersweet budget for councils at all levels with positive steps forward on devolution countered by a further reduction in spending on public services.

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MAR
16

Transparency fund to bring even more small parishes into digital age

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and the Association of Drainage of Authorities (ADA) welcomes that the Government has committed to continue supporting the multi-million pound ‘transparency fund’ to help thousands of small parish councils meet new audit and transparency rules and join the digital age.

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FEB
22

HRH The Prince of Wales sees online toolkit for community-led regeneration

HRH The Prince of Wales today (22nd February 2016) saw first-hand the results of an innovative online tool that supports communities to influence the quality of new development.

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FEB
15

NALC supports 'Clean for the Queen’ campaign

NALC is supporting the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, which aims to clear up litter from all our communities in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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FEB
12

MPs call for devolution to parishes

Parliament celebrated some of the best parish and town councils in the country this week with a cross-party group of MPs and Peers calling for more power to be devolved from Whitehall to England’s town and village halls.

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FEB
04

NALC welcomes Public Sector Audit Appointments corporate plan

NALC has welcomed the publication of Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) Corporate Plan for the period to 2018. The Plan sets out how the company will discharge the functions delegated to it by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which include managing audit contracts originally let by the Audit Commission and supporting a smooth transition to the new audit regime introduced by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

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JAN
29

NALC rolls out new Direct Access Scheme

Today (29th January), NALC has re-launched its Direct Access Scheme.

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JAN
28

Parish devolution revolution gathers pace

 A campaign to ‘parish’ all of England received a huge boost yesterday (27 January). As dozens of communities from across the country gathered in Birmingham at a meeting organised by the National Association of Local Councils.

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JAN
28

Wilson completes NALC top team

Councillor Kevin Wilson is the new chairman of the Larger Councils' Committee of NALC.

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JAN
25

NALC warns Housing and Planning Bill not rural proofed

Members of the House of Lords have been told that the government’s flagship Housing and Planning Bill has not been sufficiently ‘rural proofed’ to assess its impact on rural areas.

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JAN
20

Power to the people – helping local leaders to reinvigorate their communities

At a time when the Government is pushing ahead with new devolution plans to move power from Whitehall to local communities, there are huge opportunities for local people to become local leaders. Whether helping an area to survive the harsh economic climate, protecting services that are under threat, or providing the events, culture and fun that puts the heart into each local community – town and parish (local) councils have never had a better opportunity to make a difference.

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JAN
19

An open letter to all parish and town councillors in England

[To all parish and town councillors in England]

Dear Councillor,

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JAN
13

A national call for a UK Charter for trees, woods and people

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is one of the 47 organisations taking part in a campaign to celebrate the value of our trees and woods and secure their future by creating a new Charter for trees, woods and people.

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