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JUL
21

NALC and the LGA to empower individuals to become local councillors

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have launched a new online event on how you can be the voice of your community by standing for election as a local councillor.

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JUL
19

The Fidelity Fiduciary App

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Author: Jeremy Leggett, policy advisor at ACRE 


If Michael Banks in ‘Mary Poppins’, were to wisely invest his tuppence in The Bank today, he would not give it, face-to face, to a cashier. The transition from banks with a branch in every town, to banks that aspire to have apps in every pocket has taken little time at all.  

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JUL
18

NALC represents local councils at the LGA Annual Conference 2023

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represented local (parish and town) councils at the Local Government Association Annual Conference between 4 and 6 July 2023.

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JUL
18

National Assembly supports NALC's strategic direction

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The strategic direction of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) was backed by its National Assembly on 11 July 2023.

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JUL
05

Tackling climate change and protecting nature in our council and communities

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Author: Jake Woodier, senior media and campaigns manager at The Climate Coalition 


Climate change and protecting our natural world is the greatest challenge of our time. It requires urgent and collaborative action from government through to local councils and our communities. While national and international efforts are crucial, there is great hope and belief in the change that takes place at the local level.

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JUL
14

House of Lords backs NALC's call for remote meeting powers

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The House of Lords has backed calls from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) for councils to be able to hold remote council meetings by voting to support an amendment to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. 

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JUL
14

Great Dawley Town Council wins Gold award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

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Great Dawley Town Council in Shropshire were recently awarded Gold in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, becoming one of the first local (parish and town) councils to win such an award. The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.

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JUL
12

Unlock the full potential of your Online Community Engagement

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Author: Mark Luxton, digital community engagement lead at GoCollaborate 


With the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the face of community engagement has changed significantly. But are you optimising your online community engagement efforts effectively?

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JUL
11

NALC attends Net Zero Leicestershire event

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) and Leicestershire County Council (LCC) annual Net Zero Leicestershire event on 3 July 2023.

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JUL
11

The Rural Coalition urges the government not to ignore 9.7 million rural votes 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has joined the other thirteen national organisations that comprise The Rural Coalition to urge the government not to ignore England's 9.7 million rural votes.

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JUL
07

NALC makes its online event recordings accessible to watch again

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has made its online event recordings freely available on its website.

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JUL
04

NALC attends the Rural Insight Forum meeting

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the Rural Insight Forum meeting on 23 June 2023, which focused on the government’s recent policy paper supporting growth and prosperity in rural areas.

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JUL
04

Study Tour 2023: Newport Pagnell Town Council

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) annual study tour returned for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic to Newport Pagnell Town Council in Buckinghamshire between 27 and 28 June 2023.

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JUL
04

NALC launches a new event on reconnecting communities through community transport

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on reconnecting communities through community transport on 27 March 2024.

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JUN
28

Alcester Town Council: A model for community health and well-being

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Author: Nadoya Reid, communications officer at the National Association of Local Councils 


Since 2016, NALC's Star Council Awards Council of the Year winner 2022, Alcester Town Council (ATC), has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of its residents. By establishing a Health and Well-being Board, the council has fostered a resilient community by nurturing social networks and building capacity. ATC has been at the forefront of promoting a thriving and inclusive community by focusing on creating connections, reducing isolation, and enhancing a sense of belonging. This blog post explores the remarkable initiatives undertaken by Alcester Town Council to support the health and well-being of its residents.

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JUN
23

NALC launches a new event on social media in the local council sector

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media in the local council sector on 28 February 2024.

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JUN
23

NALC supports Whitstable campaign for a new town council

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) showed its support to Whitstable’s campaign for a new town council at the campaigns public launch on 7 June 2023. 

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JUN
21

Five ways to kickstart LGBTQ+ inclusion at work

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Author: Stonewall


Whether you’re LGBTQ+ or an ally, whether you head up your organisation or you’re in an entry-level role, everybody should feel able to make their workplace a little more inclusive. Here, we’ll share five top tips for kickstarting LGBTQ+ inclusion at your organisation, regardless of shape or size.

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JUN
14

Empowering local communities: Parish and town councils' role in the Great Big Green Week

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Author: Jake Woodier of The Climate Coalition


Organised by The Climate Coalition, Great Big Green Week is a celebration of community action to address climate change and protect our natural world. Now in its third year, this nationwide event brings together communities and groups from across the country to showcase their efforts in safeguarding the planet. Local (parish and town) councils have a vital role to play in supporting and promoting Great Big Green Week alongside people from all walks of life that engage in the campaign. 

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JUN
15

Young councillors network discusses how to make the network more effective

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Young councillors met on 7 June 2023 to discuss how to make the network more effective for councillors.

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JUN
15

NALC launches a new event on how local councils can benefit from the levelling up agenda

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on how local councils can benefit from the levelling up agenda, taking place on 31 January 2024.

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JUN
14

NALC to represent local councils at the LGA Annual Conference 2023

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to attend the LGA Annual Conference 2023 to represent the interests of local (parish and town) councils.

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JUN
13

NALC attends the Rural Insight Forum meeting

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attend the Rural Insight Forum meeting, held by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), on 26 May 2023.

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JUN
12

NALC calls for receipt shares from the new planning levy

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This week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) urged the government to ensure that local (parish and town) councils, with or without a made neighbourhood plan, receive proper receipts from the new Infrastructure Levy. 

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JUN
09

NALC launches a new event on winning strategies for the funding game

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on winning strategies for the funding game, taking place on 15 December 2023.

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JUN
08

NALC pushes for electricity network funding for local councils

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This week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) urged the government to give local (parish and town) councils direct access to funding for the rollout of local electricity transmission infrastructure.

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JUN
07

NALC call for submissions for a new planning publication

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is asking local (parish and town) councils to submit planning case studies for a new planning publication as part of a new dedicated planning webpage.

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JUN
07

Make June your Month of Community 

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Author: Tracey Robbins, head of UK delivery at Eden Project Communities


This June, the third annual Month of Community will occur across the UK. We came together with a group of partners to start the initiative in 2021, recognising so many wonderful campaigns taking place around the same time of year. This includes The Big Lunch, our annual get-together for neighbours bringing communities across the UK together for friendship, food and fun on the first weekend in June. 

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JUN
06

NALC and SLCC to co-host an event on the Community Ownership Fund

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC ) will co-host an event on 13 June 2023 with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) on the Community Ownership Fund following the announcement that it will be open to parish, town and community councils in England and Wales.

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JUN
02

NALC committee agrees the national agreement on terms and pay needs reviewing

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils Committee on 23 May 2023 agreed that the national agreement on terms and pay needs to be reviewed. 

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13

Co-opting for democracy

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Author: Cllr David Francis, chair of NALC's Policy Committee 


It is sometimes said that democracy can only be achieved through the ballot box and that making co-options is a failure of the democratic process. However, this need not be the case, and co-options can be a positive tool. Arguably, every local (parish and town) council benefit from having a mix of councillors drawn from various backgrounds. They are capable, enthusiastic, and engaged in reflecting on their communities.

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JUN
02

NALC launches a new event on making the planning system work for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on making the planning system work for local councils, taking place on 22 November 2023.

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MAY
31

NALC committee identifies carers allowance as a lobbying priority

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Larger Councils Committee on 18 May 2023 identified that the carer's allowance is a lobbying priority.

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JUN
01

NALC to help the development of the new Office for Local Government

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) are helping develop the new Office for Local Government (OFLG).

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MAY
26

NALC launches a new event on empowering young voices in your community

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on empowering young voices in your community, taking place on 25 October 2023.

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MAY
31

Town and parish councils can boost community well-being, children’s physical activity levels, and tackle isolation by supporting play streets

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Author: Pete Davies, chief executive officer at Playing Out  


Streets constitute the majority of public space in our villages and towns. To see them only as places to drive and park cars is to undervalue them. Streets can and should be places where people can sit, talk, read, play and walk.

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MAY
25

Local councils benefit from Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme

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Local (parish and town) councils have benefitted from the Multi-Sport Grassroots Facilities Programme, which invests funding to level up facilities across the United Kingdom.

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MAY
26

NALC urges government to retain local council green planning role 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to retain the central green planning role of local (parish and town) councils. 

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MAY
25

Distinguishing between conduct and performance issues in the workplace

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Author: Danielle Scott, solicitor and senior employment law adviser at WorkNest 


An employee isn’t performing to the required standards. But are you dealing with a conduct or performance issue?

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MAY
23

NALC meets the Forestry Commission

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with the Forestry Commission to highlight the role of the local (parish and town) council sector.

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MAY
23

NALC meets the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for levelling up and local government

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with Helen Morgan MP, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and Local Government, to discuss the sector's issues.

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MAY
19

NALC launches a new event on engaging with local communities through digital engagement

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on engaging with local communities through digital engagement, taking place on 27 September 2023.

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MAY
17

How can I be more aware of subsidence?

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Author: Lee​ Cleaver, sales development account broker at BHIB Councils Insurance 


In recent years the UK has been subject to extremely hot and dry weather, putting properties at greater risk of subsidence.

Subsidence happens when the ground under a property collapse or sinks lower. This uneven movement may result in structural damage, such as cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, which can be expensive to repair.

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MAY
16

NALC holds its first White Ribbon steering group meeting

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held its first White Ribbon steering group meeting on 15 May 2023.

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MAY
16

NALC attends report launch on high streets and community business

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended Power to Change’s report launch on high streets and community business in Westminster on 10 May 2023.

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MAY
12

Women councillors network discusses how to make the network more effective

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Women councillors met on 10 May 2023 to discuss how to make the network more effective for councillors.

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MAY
11

We need seamless links between mental and physical health care

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Author: Mel Islin, physical activity programme manager, Rethink Mental Illness


It is widely known and accepted that physical activity is good for our physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. But often, people are isolated from activities or cannot find the right one.

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MAY
11

Climate emergency network discusses the National Planning Policy Framework

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Climate emergency met on 4 May 2023.

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MAY
12

The government extends Community Ownership Fund to local councils

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The government's Community Ownership Fund has been extended to allow applications from local (parish and town) councils for the first time.

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MAY
10

NALC calls for a share of the new Infrastructure Levy

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) representatives spoke at the Committee Stage of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill on the new Infrastructure Levy.

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