Government commits to ending toilet tax from 2018

The Chancellor's recent Budget announced in Clause 2.125 that 'the government will allow local authorities in England to use their discretionary relief powers to support publicly owned public lavatories from 1 April 2018', which at a time of austerity and devolution is seen as a triumph by both local (parish and town) councils and national bodies.

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NALC supports exclusion of Right To Buy extension

NALC's Policy Committee met on 9 February 2016 and formally agreed to adopt a position seeking exclusion from the proposed Right To Buy extension – of housing in rural areas, particularly where the land has been originally provided to meet local housing need.

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Do you need statistics about your parish?

NALC have been lobbying the Government to undertake more research and analysis of the parish sector for everyone to get better understanding of these communities and neighbourhoods.

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NALC support community banking campaign

The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Larger Councils’ Committee met on 26 January 2016 and following intelligence that high street bank closure in many market towns of south west England is a major problem.

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MP calls for neighbourhood right of appeal

Thornbury and Yate minister, Luke Hall MP has called for the Housing and Planning Bill, which has its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 26 January 2015, to be amended to include a right of planning appeal to allow neighbourhood planning bodies to appeal against the granting of permission that conflicts with the policies of a made or well-advanced neighbourhood plan. This is a measure NALC is promoting in the manifesto along with other powers to put communities in control of their areas.
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NALC reiterates its position on parishes being planning consultees

NALC's Sustainable Communities Advisory Board met on 11 December 2015 and agreed to write again to Government reiterating the position that parishes should be statutory consultees in all aspects of the planning system including large cross border housing applications.

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