NALC written questions in the House of Lords


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) receives answers to written questions submitted to the House of Lords.

NALC president Baroness Ros Scott of Needham Market, and vice-president, Baroness Natalie Bennett of Manor Castle tabled several written questions in the House of Lords. The questions covered the government's proposed review of neighbourhood governancehow to promote local engagement in local councilshow to encourage the awareness of the sector in governmentfunding for sector improvementslocal councils' role in tackling climate change and how to address online bullying and harassment.

Lord Richard Harrington of Watford, Minister for Refugees at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, confirmed that the review of neighbourhood governance in England would examine the effectiveness of current arrangements. Including the role and functions of local (parish and town) councils and how to make it easier and quicker to create them.

Baroness Scott asked about plans to promote next year's elections and encourage more people to stand. Lord Harrington indicated this was primarily the responsibility of principal authorities and the Electoral Commission. He went on to say the government wants to make it easier for people to participate and shape the future of their neighbourhoods.

Baroness Bennett asked about the role of local councils in tackling the climate emergency. Lord Harrington welcomed NALC's 2021 report and confirmed that local councils have an essential role in improving the well-being of their communities and helping them overcome challenges, including climate change.

Baroness Bennett also asked how the Online Safety Bill will protect local councillors and council employees at all local government levels from online abuse. Lord Stephen Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Minister for Arts at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, confirmed that the bill would protect all users, including local councillors and council employees, from abuse online.

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