MPs back parish power at NALC Lobby Day
Members of Parliament have proudly supported their local (parish and town) councils by taking part in the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Lobby Day in parliament.
Now in its fifth year, Lobby Day is an integral part of NALC's advocacy programme aimed at promoting local councils in parliament.
The day saw representatives from county associations meeting with their MPs to discuss a range of national and local issues, with additional meetings taking place in weeks and months ahead.
Among the national issues raised there were calls to end the toilet tax, level up local democracy by parishing the whole country, the impact of website accessibility regulations, and providing flexible and diverse funding that includes dedicated government grants for local councils.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: "I'm delighted around 100 MPs to have shown their support for local councils and are backing parish power as described by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP. Lobby Day provides an important opportunity to engage with the new parliament to form firm foundations to build upon."
NALC's National Assembly met at the start of Lobby Day. It was welcomed to Westminster by the co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on local democracy, Richard Holden MP.
Mr Holden, said: "Lobby Day is a fantastic initiative to raise the profile of local councils in parliament and forge links with MPs. A single day of action to connect our town halls to Whitehall. I'm involved with the APPG on local democracy because I back the first tier of local government, community anchors who make a change in communities, and I'm looking forward to working with them across my constituency and the country."