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.
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.
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.
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.
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.