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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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JAN
12

NALC celebrates HM Queen’s 90th Birthday

NALC would like to encourage all local (parish and town) councils to take part in this year’s celebrations of HM Queen’s 90th Birthday by lighting Beacons in her honour.

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JAN
08

MPs to discuss the future of the historic environment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies will host a meeting in Parliament on 27 January 2016. The event is themed around the future of the historic environment and how communities can play a greater role in effective heritage protection.

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JAN
06

NALC congratulates New Year’s Honours 2016

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) would like to congratulate individuals from the local (parish and town) councils sector on being recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

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DEC
22

A new edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning has been published

A new edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning has been published, filling you in on all the latest neighbourhood planning news and recent updates.

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DEC
22

New advice on setting up audit panels

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has published advice on setting up audit panels.

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DEC
17

No referendum principles for parishes

No referendum principles for parishes

The government is not proposing to extend referendum principles to parish and town councils.

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DEC
17

NALC unveil new president

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor is to be the new president of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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DEC
16

Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA) names Board members and first chairman.

Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA) names Board members and first chairman.

The Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) board  appointed its first ever chair and board members. 

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DEC
16

Newly elected national localism leaders

A new dynamic and exciting leadership team will lead the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in 2016 as it sets the direction in furthering the development of localism and devolution for local (parish and town) councils and communities.

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DEC
11

Woodland Trust calls on parishes

People and trees are stronger together – but our nation’s woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures. They risk being neglected, undervalued and forgotten. We need to act now before trees disappear from our story.

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DEC
08

Parishes field winners for Trust’s 2015 awards

Fields in Trust, has announced the winners of its 2015 Awards. Hosted by BBC sports and news broadcaster Ore Oduba at Lords Cricket Ground, the Awards celebrate the achievements of Fields in Trust and its partners, who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.

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DEC
02

Communities can be the local future

National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Communities Can conference on 2 December 2015 showed how local (parish and town) councils are using regeneration to play a role in the economic development of their town centres in a time of financial challenges and opportunities.

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NOV
26

Parishes and towns uniquely placed to provide key services

Parishes and towns uniquely placed to provide key services

Parishes across Buckinghamshire are being urged to work together and more closely with the county council to serve residents. 



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NOV
25

NALC responds to a challenging spending review

While this is a challenging spending review for local government, it is encouraging to see measures aimed at supporting devolution, however the devil will be in the detail.

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NOV
19

Powerhouse minister confirms parish role in devolution

The government confirmed that there must be a role for parishes and communities within combined principal local authorities devolution deals.

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NOV
10

Northern powerhouse minister to address MPs and Peers

Northern powerhouse minister to address MPs and Peers

The government's minister for the 'northern powerhouse’, James Wharton MP, will address a cross-party group of MPs and Peers.

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OCT
29

NALC demands more devolution for local communities

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference held from 27 October 2015 to 28 October 2015, 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
28

NALC announces Star Councils 2015 winners

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

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OCT
27

The Government spells out its plans for parishes

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) minister, Marcus Jones MP told the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference on 27 October 2015 that the Government has ambitious plans for a devolution revolution, which include Devolution Deals, but stressed that this not just for principal authorities. He said that parish councils have a key role to play and they should be speaking to their principal authorities about opportunities for further powers and functions to be devolved.

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OCT
23

NALC and SLCC announce pensions advice

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) on 23 October 2015 issued guidance in light of the significant changes to workplace pensions that have taken place.

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OCT
15

The search for the first ever Audit chair for smaller bodies is on

The search for the first ever Audit chair for smaller bodies is on

The Sector Led Body for Smaller Local Authority Audit (SLB) is seeking to appoint its first ever chair.

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OCT
15

NALC wants to stop the travesty of local justice closures

NALC wants to stop the travesty of local justice closures

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has demanded that the Government puts a halt to its closure plans of local courts.

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OCT
09

National calls for devolution for all

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 9 October 2015 demanded that Government’s devolution plans must include communities, neighbourhoods and parishes through the publication of its Devo Local paper.

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SEP
30

Star Councils 2015 Awards finalists

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

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SEP
07

Vote for your favourite park

This year a record breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces were awarded the prestigious, international Green Flag Award.

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SEP
03

An open letter to local (parish and town) councils and County Associations of Local Councils

Over many years there has been much discussion about whether the Association’s members should be individual councils organised through County Associations or whether it should become a federation of County Association members. This proposal was most recently made in a motion to last year’s AGM by Northamptonshire CALC which was defeated by 54 to 24 votes.

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SEP
01

Launch of transparency fund brings small parishes into digital age

Today (1 September 2015) the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched its new multi-million pound ‘transparency fund’ to help thousands of small parish councils meet new audit and transparency rules and join the digital age.

NALC successfully persuaded the Government to provide financial assistance to smaller sized parish councils to help them become web-enabled and comply with new rules on publishing information about their work and finances.

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AUG
04

NALC adds its support to the local high street

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is encouraging all local (parish and town) councils, neighbourhoods and communities to enter The...

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JUL
28

Community control agenda charged up parish power

Half a million people in communities right across the country are to benefit from new funding and advice this year thanks to their local parish and town councils.

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JUL
27

Funds to protect World War One memorials revealed

Details of a £5m fund to conserve and protect war memorials were revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid MP.

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JUL
24

NALC to host Scotland’s local government minister on fact finding visit

Scotland's local government and community empowerment minister Marco Biagi is to visit the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) during a 'fact finding' visit on 28 July 2015.

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JUL
21

Devolution to Sutton Coldfield is on the cards

Devolution to Sutton Coldfield is on the cards as residents deal resounding ‘Yes’ to new town council.

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JUL
21

NALC picked to captain sector-led audit team

The Government has backed a proposal from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to lead the national procurement of audit for parish and town (local) councils and other smaller bodies from 2017.

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JUL
16

Time to power up communities to meet devolution goals

The National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) What Next for Local Councils event, 15 July 2015, looked at the implications of the general election results for communities, neighbourhoods, local (parish and town) councils in the context of austerity and devolution.

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JUL
09

NALC sails into Falmouth

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) sent its larger councils committee to come on board at Falmouth, Cornwall, and visit this historic town in a fact-finding mission on Tuesday 7 July 2015. Falmouth is situated on the south coast of Cornwall and is one of the county’s most diverse, vibrant and largest towns.

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JUL
09

NALC response to the Budget Summer 2015

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chief executive, Jonathan Owen, said: “England's 9,000 local (parish and town) councils are the backbone of local democracy, giving people a voice and structure for taking action. They are increasingly delivering more services to improve their area as austerity bites. They can provide very local services extremely cost effectively and should be part of the solution to the financial challenges the country faces.

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JUL
07

NALC helps to protect local councils’ monies

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) warmly welcomes that its ongoing campaign to protect local (parish and town) councils’ investments and savings has finally succeeded.

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JUL
06

Parish councils are the unsung heroes of house building

England's parish councils are the unsung heroes of neighbourhood planning and key to putting communities in control of shaping future development and housing, according to their umbrella body the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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