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FEB
01

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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JAN
25

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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DEC
16

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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DEC
11

Stronger Local Democracy: Parishes need to engage more with Post Office changes

Currently the post office network is undergoing its biggest restructuring in decades. The aim of this transformation programme is to maintain the size of a network of approximately 11,500 branches and ensure it is financially sustainable for the future by converting around three quarters of the network to new operating models.

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NOV
19

NALC APPG supports greater devolution to parishes

The National Association of Local Council's All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Democracy met on 18 November 2015 and held an evidence session on devolution where it agreed that far more power, services and assets should be devolved to parishes as part of the government’s devolution agenda.

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NOV
06

NALC calls for continued parish exemption from referendum principles

NALC Policy Committee met on 3 November 2015 and urged the Chancellor to continue to exempt parish councils from referendum principles in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review on 25 November 2015.

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