Local government minister recognises the importance of local councils


Lee Rowley MP, parliamentary under secretary of state in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognised the importance of local (parish and town) councils at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Standards Matter conference on 3 March 2023.

The Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire highlighted how significant local councils are for the "fantastic work" done daily "in communities all up and down the line" and how "important to the fabric of our community life" they are.

Mr Rowley went on to thank local councils for everything they do. Stating, "parish and town councils are so important to the fabric of our community life, to making things better, and to improving things in the long term. They only work because of people like you who are willing to give up your time, your effort, and your focus to make sure that your communities are better for the long term". 

In anticipation of the King's Coronation, Mr Rowley acknowledged local councils' "willingness to celebrate this hugely important event" for the nation.

The conference focussed on why professional standards and ethics matter. The first tier of local government responsible for over £3 billion of public money and assets, striving for higher standards has never been more critical.

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