NALC Lobby Day goes online to promote local councils to the government
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will take to parliament online this year as part of its annual Lobby Day on 2 February 2021.
This year's event sees NALC, county associations and local (parish and town) councils holding numerous meetings from across the country with parliamentarians. The sessions will be an opportunity to discuss critical issues for the sector, including a dedicated financial support package for local councils, extending the current legislation on remote meetings beyond 7 May 2021, and for certainty and clarity on local elections this year.
NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter will meet with Baroness Barren MBE (minister for Civil Society and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Lord Gardiner of Kimble (minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity), Nigel Huddleston MP (minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage), Luke Hall MP (minister of state for Regional Growth and Local Government) and Christopher Pincher MP (minister for Housing).
As part of the day, NALC will host the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on local democracy, co-chaired by Richard Holden MP and Cherilyn Mackrory MP. The group will discuss Onward's The Policies of Belonging report, which calls for every local area to the have right to self-government through a parish or town council. Additionally, NALC will host a Peers briefing to discuss remote meetings, local council elections, creating new councils and civility.
Now, in its seventh year, the longstanding annual event has moved online this year due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Lobby Day is an integral part of NALC's advocacy programme, promoting local councils to parliamentarians.