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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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JUL
03

New changes for energy certificates

Starting on 9 July 2015, the Display Energy Certificates (DECs) will be required for all buildings over 250 square metres occupied by a public authority and frequently visited by the public. The threshold for requiring these certificates was prior to this change 500 square metres.

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JUL
02

MPs back ‘localist powerhouse’

Scores of MPs lined up to signal their support for England’s ‘localist powerhouse’ yesterday during a ‘lobby day’ organized by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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JUN
30

Media Watch | 24/06/15 – 30/06/15

Media Watch is a weekly round-up of the latest major stories on the local (parish and town) council sector

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JUN
29

Parishes in energy saving grants opportunities

Parishes in energy saving grants opportunities

NALC welcomes the availability of DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) grant funding programme for parish and town councils

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JUN
26

Community leaders march on Parliament

Community leaders march on Parliament

England’s 9,000 parish councils are marching on the Houses of Parliament on 30 June 2015 in a ‘lobby day’ to meet with Members of Parliament.

Scores of local (parish and town) council representatives from across the country will be descending on Westminster as part of the first ever ‘lobby day’ by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) aimed at raising the profile of our most local level of government.

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JUN
25

Media Watch | 24

Media Watch is a weekly round-up of the latest major stories on the local (parish and town) council sector

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JUN
22

Don’t let parishes get ‘caught short’ over public toilets

Don’t let parishes get ‘caught short’ over public toilets

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) supports calls from parish and town councils for the government to reconsider proposals for exempting these councils for paying business rates on the important neighbourhood matter of public toilets.

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JUN
15

NALC congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015

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

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JUN
08

MPs told parishes are backbone of local democracy

On 8 June 2015, the chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) sent an open letter to all English Members of Parliament, calling on them to support the nation's 9,000 local (parish and town) councils and meet with parish councillors during their Lobby Day on 30 June 2015.

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MAY
27

NALC's Digital Councils event

The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Digital Councils event on 21 May 2015 held at CCLA offices in London, was the first of the new look free seminars for members.

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MAY
15

Time to celebrate the new wave of local democracy

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 15 May 2015 thinks it time to celebrate and support the new wave of local (parish and town) councils that came into being around a year ago.

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MAY
15

Strengthening local democracy at the heart of local communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 15 May 2015 boosted its commitment to stronger local democracy after the recent national and local elections this month.

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MAY
11

Town councils in fair funding plea

A group of influential town councils has urged their national body, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), to campaign for fairer funding to ensure tens of millions of pounds of government funding is passed on to them.

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MAY
08

A letter to parish and town councillors

To all parish and town councillors in England

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MAY
01

How to achieve warm and green energy for the countryside?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes and supports a Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) report published recently which reveals that England needs a huge investment in energy efficiency if the country is to meet its 2015 carbon reduction target and stop consequential damage to the countryside.

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APR
28

Take action for your community

Up and down the country, thousands of communities are taking action - from regulars running their local pub and protecting other assets such as the local pier, to plans for new development, the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships and services.

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APR
23

Sector led improvement critical to parish future

According to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), a sector led approach to improvement is to be the 'cornerstone of a step change' in local (parish and town) councils.

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APR
21

NALC presses for 'parish deal'

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has responded to the publication of the three main political parties manifestos with a series of radical ideas to empower local people and communities as part of devolution in the UK.

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APR
13

Last week to register to vote

With just one week to go before the 20 April 2015 registration deadline for the general election the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) abd the Electoral Commission are calling for anyone who isn't yet registered to vote to go online and do so.

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APR
10

NALC's direction of travel

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an excellent national council meeting last week at Westminster Central Hall with presentations from senior Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) officials on the new transparency arrangements and community rights providing the opportunity for councillors to get their views across on these important issues.

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APR
01

NALC calls for new devolution deal for communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has backed two tier local government in its latest contribution to the UK devolution debate, calling for the creation of unitary principal authorities coupled with the establishment of new parish councils.

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APR
01

NALC and SLCC forge a way forward

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) held their first meeting on 20 March 2015 following the agreement of a new protocol between the two key national bodies representing local council staff and councillors.

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MAR
30

Frome Town Council secures EU funding

Frome Town Council and the Frome Twinning Association have received £26,000 funding from the EU to host a renewable energy conference in March 2016. The funding stream is part of a new approach to Twinning and aims to bring together experts and decision-makers from Frome, and its three twin towns in France, Germany and Poland, to share knowledge and best practice.

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MAR
30

Making it easier to set up new parish and town councils

Communities Minister, Stephen Williams MP has confirmed new measures that will make it far easier for communities to set up new local (parish and town) councils giving them a greater say in how their local neighbourhood should be governed.

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MAR
28

NALC secures £4.7m fund

NALC secures £4.7m fund

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has secured a multi-million pound package of funding from Government to help smaller parish councils meet new audit and transparency rules.

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MAR
27

Do parishes need further regulation?

Do parishes need further regulation?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) gave a warm welcome to the Government’s idea of extending the jurisdiction of the Local Government Ombudsman to some parts of the local (parish and town) councils sector.

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MAR
26

Parish power can boost the My Community programmes

With two town councils and one shadow parish council involved in the Neighbourhood Community Budget pilots – the forerunner to the Our Place programme and totalling 12 areas across England – the parish sector has been involved right from the outset in a new approach to bringing the community together to shape public services.

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MAR
26

Possible new regulator for parishes

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have published the consultation on extending the Ombudsman to larger town and parish councils.


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MAR
23

NALC backs government aims to protect community pubs

The government is toasting the first-ever Community Pubs Day with an announcement of measures designed to bolster the Great British Pub and protect it for future generations.

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MAR
23

Giving communities a planning voice

The Government held its National Planning Summit on 2 March 2015, which saw a range of speakers from government minister, Brandon Lewis MP to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chief executive, Jonathan Owen.

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MAR
23

A national voice for communities is out and about

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) published its Spring 2015 edition of its flagship magazine, LCR (Local Council Review), on 23 March 2015.

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MAR
18

My Community – free advice and grants

You have powers to make a difference in your area - saving local pubs, shops and community centres. Support and grants for developing your area through neighbourhood planning and building for your community are available, help with owning and managing local land and buildings, running services and boosting the local economy opens on 1 April 2015. The My Community website offers a range of resources, advice and grants and to connect with others on the My Community Network.

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