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NALC amplifies its commitment to inclusivity by joining Corby Town Council's Pride event

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pleased to announce its participation in Corby Town Council's forthcoming Pride event on 22 June 2024. 

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NALC event looks at safeguarding local councils from prevalent financial threats 

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The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) latest event on local government finance examines safeguarding local (parish and town) councils from prevalent financial threats anticipated to impact local government entities in the years ahead.

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NALC announces the latest Local Council Award Scheme results

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced the latest Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) results.

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Council of the Year Braunstone Town Council will speak at the Local Government Association Conference

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Braunstone Town Council, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards 2023 Council of the Year winner, has been selected to speak at this year's Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference.

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24

Ashton Hayes and Horton-cum-Peel Parish Council - achieving a quality award

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Author: Trudy Ryall-Harvey, parish clerk at Ashton Hayes and Horton-cum-Peel Parish Council, Cheshire


Ashton Hayes and Horton-cum-Peel Parish Council represents a relatively small semi-rural parish of approximately 420 dwellings and 1300 residents, with a precept of £18,770.

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Help make The Big Help Out even bigger! 

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Author: The Big Help Out team 


During the pandemic, millions of people volunteered to support each other through the most significant national crisis since the Second World War. This cemented volunteering as a core driver of connection.

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NALC publishes its quarterly activity report

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published its quarterly activity report covering January to March 2024.

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16

NALC makes the move from print to pixel

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is excited to announce that it will transition from print publications to exclusively digital publications, effective immediately.

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NALC’s national network for LGBT+ councillors gears up for Pride 2024

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) network for LGBT+ councillors met on 8 April 2024 to discuss preparations for Pride 2024. 

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10

Why parish and town councils?

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Author: Darren Tilley, chief executive and town clerk at Braunstone Town Council


I’m often asked what I do and what local (parish and town) councils do? Along with local councils across the country, we are simply committed to achieving the best outcomes for our residents and our community. But what does that mean in practice? While we are not directly responsible for statutory services, the services, and facilities we provide are the foundation on which both community spirit and wellbeing is built and enhanced.

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08

NALC announces a new lineup of events

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The National Associations of Local Councils (NALC) has unveiled its anticipated events schedule for the second half of the 2024/25 financial year.

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Funding update on moving over to a .gov.uk domain through the Parish Council Domains Helper Service

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The Parish Council Domains Helper Service has a funding update for the financial year 2024/25 for local (parish and town) councils considering moving to a .gov.uk domain.

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03

NALC event discusses the benefits of community transport

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) transport event on 27 March 2024 discussed the benefits of reconnecting communities through community transport.

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03

April is stress awareness month!

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Author: Kathryn Cousins, wellbeing programme manager, The Stress Management Society


Mental health impacts our mind and body. It affects how we think, feel, and behave in every aspect of life, both personal and in the workplace. It can feel challenging to break free from  the cyclical nature of poor mental health, as feeling stressed may result in being  unproductive, leading to a higher workload, resulting in overwhelm and ultimately more  pressure.

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MAR
28

NALC meets with Office for Place to discuss collaboration

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with the Office for Place to explore potential collaborations.

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MAR
28

Haverhill Town Council to host Suffolk Day

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Haverhill Town Council will be the focal point of this year's Suffolk Day celebrations, having been chosen to host them.

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MAR
27

Round four of the Community Ownership Fund opens for applications

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The fourth and final round of the government’s £150 million Community Ownership Fund opened for applications on 25 March 2024.

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27

NALC highlights the vital role local councils play in supporting high streets

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The National Association of Local Councils has highlighted the vital role of local (parish and town) councils in supporting high streets in towns and small cities.

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MAR
27

Be prepared for a change in government with proactive community support for your local neighbourhood plans

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Authors: Neil Kirkland, chief executive officer and finance director and Katerina Sukstul, head of platform delivery and engagement at GoCollaborate Limited 


Local (parish and town) councils across the UK play a pivotal role in shaping their communities through neighbourhood development plans (NDPs).  While national politics can have a significant ripple effect on these local planning initiatives, early and inclusive consultation offers a powerful tool to strengthen your NDP.  

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MAR
26

NALC supports The Carbon Literacy Project's new toolkit

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed The Carbon Literacy Project's new toolkit for local (parish and town) councils.

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MAR
26

NALC opposes the erosion of the democratic planning system

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opposed further erosion of the democratic planning system by voicing concerns about the government's push to extend permitted development rights (PDRs).  

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MAR
25

NALC’s young councillors network meeting sparks discussion on local governance

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Young councillors met on 19 March 2024 to discuss the challenges of being a young councillor, annual parish meetings, and councillor allowances.

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22

The government publishes council tax levels for 2024/25 

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published information on council tax levels set by councils in England for the financial year 2024/25.

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21

NALC has released extra tickets for reconnecting communities through community transport

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released extra tickets to its sold-out online event on reconnecting communities through community transport which takes place on 27 March 2024.

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20

Purple Day 2024: Get to know epilepsy 

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Author: Rebecca Lock, PR & media officer at Epilepsy Action


79 new people are diagnosed with epilepsy every day in the UK. That is three people every hour, and one every 18 minutes. In a week, more than 500 new people will be diagnosed on average. Every month, that’s around 2,500 people. 

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MAR
19

NALC and the government make progress on the Martyn's Law proposals 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has seen progress in the government's updated proposals for Martyn's Law standard tier consultation.

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19

NALC opposes changes to national planning policy

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opposed changes to national planning policy unless local and national design codes are considered.

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19

NALC welcomes the government's move on land transparency 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the government's latest proposals to make data on land ownership publicly available and transparent.

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19

NALC publishes the 2024 edition of the Practitioners' Guide

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) 2024 edition of the Practitioners' Guide.

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MAR
13

Village Halls Week 2024 is set to go green!

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Author: Phillip Vincent, public affairs and communications manager at ACRE


With scientific warnings of the climate crisis mounting and governments and international institutions scrabbling in search of grand solutions, it’s easy to feel powerless to act in the face of great threats to our way of life and that of future generations.

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12

Young councillors network meets to bolster governance and engagement

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) young councillors network met to discuss how to bolster governance and engagement.

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08

NALC pushes permanent parish exemption from full audit regime

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has intensified its campaign to permanently exempt local (parish and town) councils from the rigorous category one full audit regime. 

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MAR
08

NALC celebrates International Women’s Day

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Today, 8 March 2024, marks International Women’s Day which commemorates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the empowerment of women in all spheres of life. 

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MAR
07

Job vacancy: Upton Parish Council

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Upton Parish Council is seeking a parish clerk and responsible financial officer to join their team.


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MAR
06

NALC event discusses the pros and cons of using social media 

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The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) latest online event discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using social media in the local (parish and town) councils sector.

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06

We need more women in local government

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Author: Hannah Stevens, chief executive officer at Elect Her


There are approximately 100,000 councillors in England, but only 39.2% of them are women, whilst women make up 51% of the population. 

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05

Coastal communities network discusses coastal littering and King Charles III England Coast Path  

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) coastal communities national network discussed coastal littering and King Charles III England Coast Path.

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04

NALC chair Women in Local Government event

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chaired the Women in Local Government event by Dods Diversity & Inclusion on 28 February 2024.

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01

NALC speaks at Westminister Insight event on workplace harassment and bullying

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) spoke at Westminister Insight's Preventing Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace Conference on 26 February 2024.

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Moving over to a .gov.uk domain? A new way to contact the Parish Council Domains Helper Service

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is working with the Central Digital and Data Office to support the Parish Council Domains Helper Service to help local (parish and town) councils move to a .gov.uk domain.

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28

Exclusive offer to help make your communities safer

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Author: Clive Rowlandson, marketing manager at the British Heart Foundation


There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) every year in the UK; sadly, the current survival rate is only 1 in 10. However, early CPR and defibrillation can significantly increase the chances of surviving an OHCA. British Heart Foundation therefore has a mission to triple survival rates from Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests by 2030.

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Ampthill Town Council and Flitwick Town Council celebrate LGBT+ History Month

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The National Association of Local Councils attended Proud Ampthill and Flitwick (Proud AF) to celebrate LGBT+ History Month with Ampthill Town Council and Flitwick Town Council. 

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27

NALC marks the second consecutive year of Cyber Essentials certification

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) proudly announces the successful renewal of its Cyber Essentials certification for the second consecutive year. This achievement demonstrates NALC's commitment to safeguarding its members’ data and business operations against evolving cyber threats. 

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Cramlington Town Council shortlisted for the LGC Awards 2024

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Cramlington Town Council in Northumberland have been shortlisted for the LGC Awards 2024 in the community involvement category.

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NALC and SLCC extend deadline for Martyn’s Law survey 

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Following the long-awaited Martyn’s Law standard tier consultation, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) have issued a joint sector survey to inform their responses. 

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Lighting a Beacon of Peace for the D-Day 80th anniversary

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Author: Lee Cleaver, client account executive at Clear Councils Insurance


6 June 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day and will see several events hosted throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. It is a significant occasion to commemorate the sacrifices made and celebrate the years of peace resulting from those tremendous efforts.

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Parliament approves Local Government Finance Settlement 2024/25

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On 5 February 2024, the House of Commons approved the final Local Government Finance Settlement 2024/25.

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Smaller Councils Committee maps out two-year work programme

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils Committee has mapped out its two-year work programme.

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NALC publishes a briefing on council email addresses and password security

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new briefing on council email addresses and password security.

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Home Office announces further free webinars for Martyn's Law standard tier consultation

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The Home Office has announced further free webinars on the Martyn's Law standard tier consultation for public sector bodies, including local (parish and town) councils, which may own or manage buildings and premises falling in the scope of the standard tier of the draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill.

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