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FEB
06

Neighbourhood planning is delivering for local people

Neighbourhood planning is delivering for local people

NALC and the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Local Democracy partnered with Civic Voice and the APPG for Civic Societies to deliver a debate on neighbourhood planning.

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FEB
06

Win an Apple iPad Mini! - NALC Tree Charter Survey

Win an Apple iPad Mini! - NALC Tree Charter Survey

This year NALC has partnered with more than 50 organisations to help launch a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People on 6 November 2017.

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FEB
03

NALC supports plans for further public scrutiny of parishes

NALC supports plans for further public scrutiny of parishes

NALC welcomes the Government’s proposal to extend the remit of the Local Government Ombudsman to local (parish and town) councils set out in the draft Bill Public Service Ombudsman Bill.

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JAN
30

NALC urges government to stand firm on neighbourhood planning

NALC urges government to stand firm on neighbourhood planning

NALC urges the government to stand firm against certain developer forces that seem to want to ride roughshod against the wishes of communities.

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JAN
27

NALC calls for parish polls rules to be in force now

NALC calls for parish polls rules to be in force now

NALC welcomes the Government’s proposals to modernise the process for holding parish polls and bring them in line with other electoral arrangements. 

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JAN
18

NALC supports government move for easing financial convenience for communities

NALC supports government move for easing financial convenience for communities

NALC supports moves by the Government to ease the financial burden on communities by the introduction of discretionary business rates relief on public toilets owned by local authorities.

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JAN
06

NALC congratulates New Year’s Honours 2017

NALC would like to congratulate individuals from the local councils’ sector on being recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

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DEC
14

New direction set for national localism

New direction set for national localism

A new dynamic and exciting leadership team will lead NALC in 2017.

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DEC
01

Time for communities to change power places

Time for communities to change power places

National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Changing Places Conference held on Wednesday 30 November 2016, saw demands made to the Government...

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NOV
30

Collective effort saves smaller authorities millions of pounds

Collective effort saves smaller authorities millions of pounds

The local council sector together with local drainage authorities has successfully taken charge of procuring their external audit saving millions of pounds for some 10,000 councils and drainage boards

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NOV
23

Countdown begins to a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Countdown begins to a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

More than 50* cross-sector organisations call for public support in safeguarding the future of the UK’s trees and woods. November 2017...

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NOV
23

New deal needed for communities

New deal needed for communities

This is a challenging Autumn Statement from a government with little room to manoeuvre and facing huge challenges. Devolution and local...

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NOV
17

Local councils to play key role in emergency winter planning

Local councils to play key role in emergency winter planning

Local (parish and town) councils are being asked by the Government to play a role in alleviating the adverse effects of...

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NOV
17

NALC backed commission reports early findings

NALC backed commission reports early findings

The De Montfort University Local Governance Research Unit and The MJ Councillor Commission has recently published its interim findings. The commission is supported by NALC.

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NOV
09

NALC urges local councils to get involved in National Tree Week

NALC urges local councils to get involved in National Tree Week

NALC is urging local councils to get involved in Tree Dressing Day at the end of National Tree Week.

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NOV
06

NALC travels to Dorset

NALC travels to Dorset

NALC visited Dorset on 5 November 2016 continuing its fact finding tour of various regional and county areas in efforts to understand further the day-to-day experiences of local county associations of local councils, local (parish and town) councils and communities.

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NOV
04

NALC visits Berkshire

NALC visits Berkshire

NALC visited Berkshire on 3 November 2016 continuing its fact finding tour of various regional and county areas in efforts to understand further...

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NOV
02

2016 C’llr Awards winners announced

2016 C’llr Awards winners announced

Councillors across the UK were honoured for their public service as the 2016 C’llr Award Winners were revealed.

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OCT
28

NALC opposes creeping centralism on council tax setting

NALC opposes creeping centralism on council tax setting

NALC has responded today (28 October 2016) to the government stating its firm opposition to plans to extend referendum principles to local (parish and town) councils.

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OCT
21

NALC demands more localism for communities

NALC demands more localism for communities

National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Annual Conference held on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October 2016, saw a direction for putting local (parish and town) councils and communities more in control of how their lives are run and public services delivered to them.

 

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OCT
21

NALC announces Star Councils 2016 Awards winners

NALC announces Star Councils 2016 Awards winners

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced (21 October 2016) announced the winners for its Star Councils 2016 awards.

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OCT
19

Marcus Jones MP supports NALC on devolution plans

Marcus Jones MP supports NALC on devolution plans

The minister for local government, Marcus Jones MP told the NALC Annual Conference on 19 October 2016, that many local councils are bringing devolution to life and is encouraging the further spread of a localist revolution.

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OCT
18

NALC demands a fair hearing for local councils on neighbourhood planning

NALC demands a fair hearing for local councils on neighbourhood planning

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) said today (18th October) that local (parish and town) councils were keen to embrace neighbourhood planning to improve their communities but were being put off as it was unclear what weight they were given in the planning process especially where there was no local plan or 5 year land supply.

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OCT
11

Shortlist for C’llr Achievement Awards announced

Shortlist for C’llr Achievement Awards announced

The LGiU and CCLA have announced the shortlist for the 2016 C’llr Achievement Awards including the Parish Councillor of the Year.  

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SEP
30

NALC announces Star Councils 2016 Awards finalists

NALC announces Star Councils 2016 Awards finalists

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today (30 September 2016) announced the finalists for its Star Councils 2016 awards....

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SEP
26

Is your favourite local green space the best in the UK?

Is your favourite local green space the best in the UK?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) wants local councils to nominate their favourite green spaces in an annual best park competition.

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SEP
19

Government ministers to face NALC supported parliamentary group

Government ministers to face NALC supported parliamentary group

The secretary of state for communities and local government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, and housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell MP, have agreed to address meetings of the All Party Parliamentary group on local democracy.

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SEP
15

Primed for success

Primed for success

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes the strong emphasis on local councils in Cornwall County Council’s strategic governance review.

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SEP
14

NALC warns parish capping will damage communities

The government is planning to bring in new rules forcing local councils to hold costly local referendums over increases to the parish precepts.

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SEP
09

Letter from housing and planning minister to local councils

Letter from housing and planning minister to local councils

The housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell MP has written an open to letter to all local councils about the Neighbourhood...

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SEP
08

NALC comment on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

NALC comment on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Cllr Ken Browse, chairman of NALC, responded: "I had a very positive first meeting yesterday with housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell MP, which covered the important role of parish and town councils in communities and in neighbourhood planning.

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SEP
07

NALC Star Councils 2016 Awards longlist announced

NALC Star Councils 2016 Awards longlist announced

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced the longlist for its Star Councils 2016 Awards.

NALC Star Councils 2016 Awards is an all important recognition of all the amazingly effective hard work this being undertaken by local parish and town councils, local councillors, local council officers and as well as by county associations.

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SEP
05

Council Spotlight: Hullbridge Parish Council

Council Spotlight: Hullbridge Parish Council

Hullbridge is tucked away in the northwest corner of Rochford District and is home to 7,300 residents. Green belts on three boundaries and the River Crouch on the northern boundary surround it. With over two miles of river frontage the parish is well used by the local boating fraternity. Hullbridge has numerous facilities, Recreation Ground, Nature Reserve, Allotment Site, a network of well-maintained footpaths, which meander through the surrounding farmland and along the River Crouch.

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AUG
31

NALC and SLCC working closer for councils

NALC and SLCC working closer for councils

After Society of Local Council Clerks’ (SLCC) decision to amend its constitution to transfer its trades union activities to a new separate Trade Union, known as ALCC (which the Certification Officer has now added to the schedule to the statutory main list of trade unions and has removed SLCC from that list), the Society and NALC are working closely together to define each organisation’s respective and complementary roles in supporting councils, clerks and councillors.

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AUG
19

Locating Localism

Locating Localism

NALC’s ongoing campaign to strengthen local democracy has been supported by the new important book Locating Localism by Professor Jane Wills published last month.

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AUG
05

NALC urges participation in devolution survey

NALC urges participation in devolution survey

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils’ Committee met on 2 August 2016 and agreed to compile a survey on developing capacity in smaller councils.

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AUG
03

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
15

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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