NALC and SLCC collaborate to address local government finance crisis 


The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) discussed the critical state of local government finance in their latest quarterly meeting on 25 April 2024.

The latest Local Government Information Unit survey revealed a stark reality that over half of principal authorities face effective bankruptcy within the next five years. In light of this, NALC and SLCC are steadfast in their commitment to raising awareness, offering guidance, and advocating for the non-imposition of referenda principles and access to national grants such as the Community Ownership Fund. They are determined to support local (parish and town) councils in managing the increasing burdens and expectations.

Both organisations committed to working with the Local Government Association (LGA) and other organisations to ensure principal authorities are helping county associations and local councils take on discretionary service promptly.

NALC and SLCC discussed their presence at the LGA Annual Conference in Harrogate later this year, focusing on elevating the sector's profile and addressing national challenges. They also highlighted progress in joint events, emphasising initiatives aimed at youth engagement, volunteer encouragement, civility, respect, and workforce development.

The NALC and SLCC leadership teams include NALC chair Cllr Keith Stevens, NALC vice-chairs Cllr Peter Davey and Cllr David Francis, NALC chief executive Jonathan Owen, SLCC chair Adam Keppel-Green, SLCC vice-chair Helen Ball, SLCC chief executive Rob Smith and Tavistock Town Council clerk Carl Hearn. They reaffirmed their commitment to collaborative efforts to navigate the current financial landscape and foster stronger communities nationwide.

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