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JUL
07

Media Watch | 25

Media Watch is a weekly round-up of the latest major stories on the local (parish and town) council sector.

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JUL
07

NALC helps to protect local councils’ monies

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) warmly welcomes that its ongoing campaign to protect local (parish and town) councils’ investments and savings has finally succeeded.

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JUL
06

Parish councils are the unsung heroes of house building

England's parish councils are the unsung heroes of neighbourhood planning and key to putting communities in control of shaping future development and housing, according to their umbrella body the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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JUL
03

New changes for energy certificates

Starting on 9 July 2015, the Display Energy Certificates (DECs) will be required for all buildings over 250 square metres occupied by a public authority and frequently visited by the public. The threshold for requiring these certificates was prior to this change 500 square metres.

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JUL
02

MPs back ‘localist powerhouse’

Scores of MPs lined up to signal their support for England’s ‘localist powerhouse’ yesterday during a ‘lobby day’ organized by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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JUN
30

Media Watch | 24/06/15 – 30/06/15

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JUN
29

Parishes in energy saving grants opportunities

Parishes in energy saving grants opportunities

NALC welcomes the availability of DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) grant funding programme for parish and town councils

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JUN
29

Council of the Week: Folkestone Town Council

Council of the Week: Folkestone Town Council

Having been awarded the Quality Standard twice under the old scheme and been awarded both the Foundation and Quality Awards under the new Local Council Award Scheme, it is clear to see that Folkestone is a town council is a high achiever, and an obvious candidate for Council of the Week. 

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JUN
26

Community leaders march on Parliament

Community leaders march on Parliament

England’s 9,000 parish councils are marching on the Houses of Parliament on 30 June 2015 in a ‘lobby day’ to meet with Members of Parliament.

Scores of local (parish and town) council representatives from across the country will be descending on Westminster as part of the first ever ‘lobby day’ by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) aimed at raising the profile of our most local level of government.

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JUN
25

Media Watch | 24

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JUN
22

Council of the Week: Southbourne Parish Council

Council of the Week: Southbourne Parish Council

Southbourne Parish Council is the well deserving Council of the Week for amongst other things being the first parish council in England to be accepted onto the Locality/Department of Communities and Local Government Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) programme in 2015/16.

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JUN
22

Don’t let parishes get ‘caught short’ over public toilets

Don’t let parishes get ‘caught short’ over public toilets

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) supports calls from parish and town councils for the government to reconsider proposals for exempting these councils for paying business rates on the important neighbourhood matter of public toilets.

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JUN
17

Media Watch | 23

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JUN
15

NALC congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) would like to congratulate individuals from the parish and town councils sector on being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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JUN
15

Council of the Week: Billingham Town Council

This week, we would like to celebrate the work of a relatively new council that has adopted a pro-active and holistic approach to developing and improving the local area since 2007. 

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JUN
12

NALC calls in AON as insurance champion

NALC calls in AON as insurance champion

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has selected Aon UK Limited as its ‘Gold plus’ status partner for insurance services in a deal running until 2017.

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JUN
10

Media Watch | 22

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JUN
08

MPs told parishes are backbone of local democracy

On 8 June 2015, the chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) sent an open letter to all English Members of Parliament, calling on them to support the nation's 9,000 local (parish and town) councils and meet with parish councillors during their Lobby Day on 30 June 2015.

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JUN
08

Council of the Week: Whittington & Fisherwick Parish Council

Council of the Week: Whittington & Fisherwick Parish Council

This week, we would like to draw attention to an active parish in Staffordshire with commendable fundraising achievements and an impressive commitment to its community.

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JUN
02

Media Watch | 21

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JUN
01

Council of the Week: Cranleigh Parish Council

This week’s Council of the Week is a fantastic ‘all-rounder’, adopting a proactive approach to its wide-ranging work all year round.

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MAY
27

Media Watch | 20

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MAY
27

NALC's Digital Councils event

The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Digital Councils event on 21 May 2015 held at CCLA offices in London, was the first of the new look free seminars for members.

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MAY
25

Council of the Week: Clutton Parish Council

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of a small parish in the Chew Valley in Somerset.

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MAY
19

Media Watch | 19

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MAY
19

Council of the Week: Hook Parish Council

Council of the Week: Hook Parish Council

This week, we are celebrating the ongoing hard work of a semi-rural parish in North East Hampshire, crowned as the place with the best quality of life in the UK for four years in a row.

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MAY
15

Time to celebrate the new wave of local democracy

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 15 May 2015 thinks it time to celebrate and support the new wave of local (parish and town) councils that came into being around a year ago.

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MAY
15

Strengthening local democracy at the heart of local communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 15 May 2015 boosted its commitment to stronger local democracy after the recent national and local elections this month.

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MAY
12

Media Watch | 18

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MAY
11

Town councils in fair funding plea

A group of influential town councils has urged their national body, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), to campaign for fairer funding to ensure tens of millions of pounds of government funding is passed on to them.

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MAY
11

Council of the Week: Denmead Parish Council

This week, we would like to commend a rural parish in Hampshire, for being a front runner in the county, working in a forward thinking and resourceful way. 

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MAY
08

A letter to parish and town councillors

To all parish and town councillors in England

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MAY
06

Media Watch | 17

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MAY
05

Council of the Week: Ampthill Town Council

This week’s Council of the Week is the first to have been awarded Quality Gold status in the Local Council Award Scheme and is clearly a council that is setting the bar high for others to follow.

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MAY
01

How to achieve warm and green energy for the countryside?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes and supports a Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) report published recently which reveals that England needs a huge investment in energy efficiency if the country is to meet its 2015 carbon reduction target and stop consequential damage to the countryside.

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APR
28

Media Watch | 16

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APR
28

Take action for your community

Up and down the country, thousands of communities are taking action - from regulars running their local pub and protecting other assets such as the local pier, to plans for new development, the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships and services.

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APR
27

Council of the Week: Queen’s Park Community Council

This week, we would like to celebrate the hard work and determination of residents in Queen’s Park in London, who successfully set up a community council last year.

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APR
23

Sector led improvement critical to parish future

According to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), a sector led approach to improvement is to be the 'cornerstone of a step change' in local (parish and town) councils.

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APR
21

NALC presses for 'parish deal'

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has responded to the publication of the three main political parties manifestos with a series of radical ideas to empower local people and communities as part of devolution in the UK.

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APR
17

Council of the Week: Selsey Town Council

Council of the Week: Selsey Town Council

This week’s Council of the Week has been selected in recognition of its innovation and hard work on a number of projects, but particularly for the development of an impressive new community hub in 2014.

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APR
16

Media Watch | 15

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APR
13

Last week to register to vote

With just one week to go before the 20 April 2015 registration deadline for the general election the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) abd the Electoral Commission are calling for anyone who isn't yet registered to vote to go online and do so.

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APR
12

Council of the Week: Quedgeley Parish Council

This week Quedgeley Parish Council (QPC) are our 'Council of the Week' for their great community support work, helping drive and fund local projects.

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APR
10

NALC's direction of travel

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an excellent national council meeting last week at Westminster Central Hall with presentations from senior Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) officials on the new transparency arrangements and community rights providing the opportunity for councillors to get their views across on these important issues.

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APR
07

Council of the Week: Bracknell Town Council

Bracknell Town Council is in the top ten of local councils by size, with a budget of £2.1m and serving 56,000 residents. The council is responsible for over 250 acres of public recreational and leisure space and 32 parks and children's play areas. It manages the usual range of services and facilities provided in our sector, such as having environment wardens, providing various grants, preparing a neighbourhood plan and running facilities such as football and rugby pitches, synthetic pitches, tennis courts and cricket squares. Pavilions in a number of parks provide coffee shop facilities, toilets and halls for hire. The council also manages eight allotment sites and a cemetery.

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APR
01

NALC calls for new devolution deal for communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has backed two tier local government in its latest contribution to the UK devolution debate, calling for the creation of unitary principal authorities coupled with the establishment of new parish councils.

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APR
01

NALC and SLCC forge a way forward

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) held their first meeting on 20 March 2015 following the agreement of a new protocol between the two key national bodies representing local council staff and councillors.

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MAR
31

Media Watch | 14

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MAR
30

Frome Town Council secures EU funding

Frome Town Council and the Frome Twinning Association have received £26,000 funding from the EU to host a renewable energy conference in March 2016. The funding stream is part of a new approach to Twinning and aims to bring together experts and decision-makers from Frome, and its three twin towns in France, Germany and Poland, to share knowledge and best practice.

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