We know that local councils are at the very heart of their communities, giving neighbourhoods a voice and making people more involved in the decisions that affect them. Over 15 million people (35% of the population) live in the communities served by local (parish and town) councils. Local councils want to serve their communities as best they can and make a real difference in the lives of those there.


The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) has been designed to celebrate the successes of the best local councils and provide a framework to support all local councils in improving and developing to meet their full potential. The scheme allows councils to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assess them by their peers, and put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The scheme has been designed to provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys and promote and recognise councils at the cutting edge of the sector. Only through the sector working together to share best practices, drive up standards and support those committed to improving their offer to their communities will individual councils and the sector as a whole reach their full potential.

LCAS undergoes a review every year. Local councils must meet the guidance criteria that is in place on the date they submit their completed application form to their local accreditation panel.

Read the Local Council Award Scheme guide

NALC will run events to help local councils prepare an award-winning application — find out more.

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