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MAY
09

The latest meeting of NALC and SLCC

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The leadership teams of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) held their latest catch-up meeting at NALC’s new office in Bloomsbury, London, on 27 April 2023.

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MAY
04

NALC attends The Rural Coalition meeting

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended The Rural Coalition meeting on 26 April 2023.

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MAY
04

Nash Mills Parish Council - Achieving a Quality Award

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Author: Nikki Bugden, parish clerk at Nash Mills Parish Council


Why apply?

We all have reasons for applying for the NALC Local Council Award Scheme.

It might be that you want to evidence to your communities the standards that you adhere to as a council, it might be to maintain your own CPD, and it might just be that you are so proud of what you and your team have achieved that you want to receive sector approved accreditation to reflect it.

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MAY
04

NALC publishes an updated edition of The Good Councillor's guide to employment

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published an updated edition of The Good Councillor's guide to employment. The publication provides advice and information on crucial employment areas for councillors to improve their employees' work and benefit their communities.

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MAY
04

NALC launches a new event on demystifying the role of local councillors 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new online event on demystifying the role of local councillors, taking place on 26 July 2023. 

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MAY
02

NALC's LGBT+ councillors national network appoints new co-champions

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) LGBT+ councillors national network appointed new co-champions at an online meeting on 24 April 2023. 

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MAY
02

NALC releases extra tickets for climate change online event

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released extra tickets to its sold-out online event on fighting climate change with local (parish and town) council action, which takes place on 24 May 2023.

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APR
27

Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments announces a new board and publishes a new report 

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The Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments (SAAA), on 19 April 2023, announced its new board and published a report on the results of the auditor's work 2021/22.

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APR
27

Farnham Town Council — winner of Council of the Year 2021

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Author: Iain Lynch, town clerk at Farnham Town Council  


This week the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) launched its Star Council Awards 2023, the only awards in England that recognise local (parish and town) councils' contributions to their communities. The long-running awards celebrate local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations' positive impact on their communities. We look back at the 2021 Council of the Year winner, Farnham Town Council.

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APR
27

NALC opens nominations for its Star Council Awards 2023

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opened nominations for its Star Council Awards 2023 to celebrate the achievements of the local (parish and town) council sector.

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APR
26

NALC urges the government not to over-extend development rights

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This week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) urged the government to refrain from opening the floodgates with permitted development rights in response to the government's consultation

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APR
25

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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APR
25

NALC is working with Cloudy Foundation to produce a new app

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is working with Cloudy Foundation Enterprise Academy to produce a new app to help NALC manage the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) administration.  

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APR
25

NALC convened the National Employment Strategy Steering Group meeting

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) convened the National Employment Strategy Steering Group meeting on 17 April 2023.

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APR
21

NALC attends Co-operative Party Rural Commission Report launch

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended the Co-operative Party Rural Commission Report launch on 17 April 2023, which calls for strengthening local (parish and town) councils to address the challenges rural communities face.

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APR
20

Driving down the cost-of-living

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Authors: Kim Lowes, parish councillor and community pantry lead and Sophie Taylor, clerk and responsible finance officer at Coxhoe Parish Council


The parish of Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill is not alone in feeling tested by rising costs.  As a parish council, we do our utmost to respond to the needs of residents, including taking a proactive approach to difficult financial times.

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APR
17

NALC call for evidence on the Infrastructure Levy

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) call for evidence on the Infrastructure Levy after the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLHUC) issued a consultation.

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APR
14

NALC written questions in the House of Lords

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) receives answers to written questions submitted to the House of Lords.

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APR
13

NALC seeks writers for its Good Councillor's guide series

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) seeks writers for Good Councillor's guide series.

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APR
13

NALC announces a new partnership with GoCollaborate 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced a new partnership with GoCollaborate.  

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APR
11

NALC seeks panel members for the Local Council Award Scheme

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) seeks panel members for its Local Council Awards Scheme.

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APR
11

NALC updates the National Assembly on workstreams

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) provided workstream updates to its National Assembly on 4 April 2023. 

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APR
11

Pucklechurch Parish Council conduct survey on non-visible disabilities

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Pucklechurch Parish Council is surveying councillors with non-visible disabilities as part of a dissertation for the De Montfort University Community Engagement and Governance course.

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APR
06

Top 10 tips for effective community engagement in 2023

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Author: Daniel Purchese, co-director at Breakthrough Communications 


As local (parish and town) councils are the closest level of government to their communities, it is essential for them to communicate effectively and strategically. In 2023, with the increasing reliance on technology and social media and the fact that councils are providing more services than ever, effective communication is essential in supporting effective governance.

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APR
04

NALC’s Make A Change champion featured on Mumsnet

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Make A Change champion Cllr Anita Collier has been featured on Mumsnet. 

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APR
04

NALC to lobby the government on thresholds

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) agreed at the Policy Committee meeting on 28 March 2023 to lobby the government on thresholds for local (parish and town) councils.

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APR
03

NALC teams up with Communities Prepared and Cullompton Town Council on emergency planning

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) teamed up with Communities Prepared and Cullompton Town Council to deliver its latest online event on emergency planning on 29 March 2023.

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APR
03

NALC meets with Barclays to highlight poor banking services

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with Barclays last week to highlight the ongoing poor banking services local (parish and town) councils are experiencing, especially in rural areas.

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MAR
30

Be more purple – how to support someone who is having a seizure

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Author: Nicola Swanborough, head of external affairs at the Epilepsy Society  


If someone at your council meeting – maybe a fellow councillor or a public member – had a seizure, would you know what to do?

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MAR
28

NALC attends The Big Help Out launch

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended The Big Help Out launch on 20 March 2023. 

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MAR
24

The government publishes council tax levels for 2023/24 

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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 2023/24.

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MAR
24

Morecambe Town Council to participate in NALC and LGA led peer review

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Morecambe Town Council is the latest council to participate in the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) peer review in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA).

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MAR
24

NALC publishes the 2023 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) 2023 edition of the Practitioners' Guide.

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MAR
22

New government discount scheme

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Author: Lucy Knight, customer care and communications specialist at Utility Aid   


On 9 January 2023, the government announced introducing a new Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS), which will run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. This will replace the previous Energy Bills Relief Scheme that provided a discount to all eligible organisations (which ends on 31 March 2023).

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MAR
21

NALC representatives champion local councils in parliament

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National Association of Local Councils (NALC) president Baroness Ros Scott of Needham Market and vice-president, The Earl of Lytton, championed local (parish and town) councils in the House of Lords Committee Stage of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.

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MAR
16

NALC’s Larger Councils Committee agree councillor training should be mandatory

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Larger Councils Committee agreed that councillor training should be mandatory following the committee meeting on 28 February 2023.

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MAR
15

NALC achieves Cyber Essentials certification — demonstrating a commitment to cybersecurity

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is proud to announce that it has achieved Cyber Essentials certification, demonstrating its commitment to protecting its members' data and business operations against cyber threats.

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MAR
13

BBC announces license waiver for coronation events 

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The BBC has informed the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that it will allow public events to show the King’s Coronation without needing a TV license. 

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MAR
09

NALC launches a new event on fighting climate change with local action

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has added a new online event on fighting climate change with local council action, which takes place on 24 May 2023.

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MAR
09

Custom and self-build – the Right to Build Task Force shares the bigger picture

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Author: Duncan Hayes, marketing and communications manager at the Right to Build Task Force 


The government funds the Right to Build Task Force to support local authorities working to deliver custom and self-build homes. Find out more about the benefits of this route to delivery on the NALC-hosted event: Tackling the housing crisis the local way with custom and self-build homes on 15 March 2023.

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MAR
08

NALC celebrates International Women's Day 

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Today, 8 March 2023, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) celebrates International Women's Day, a global day celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. 

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MAR
07

Local government minister recognises the importance of local councils

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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.

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MAR
06

NALC writes on where local government finance for Localis

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an essay for Localis as part of their essay collection on where local government finance will be in 2030.

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MAR
06

NALC urges the government to keep planning local

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This week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) urged the government to keep planning local in response to a significant national consultation. 

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MAR
02

Updates from the Civility and Respect Project Team

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The Civility and Respect Project has published its March edition of the Civility and Respect newsletter.

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MAR
02

Supporting your local community for the King’s Coronation

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


With King Charles III’s Coronation set to take place on 6 May 2023 and a one-off bank holiday announced for 8 May 2023, we know that local (parish and town) councils will be key to bringing our local communities together to celebrate.

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FEB
28

NALC's Smaller Councils Committee recommends councillor training be part of the Local Council Award Scheme

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils Committee recommends that councillor training be a part of the Local Council Award Scheme's criteria following the committee meeting on 21 February 2023. 

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FEB
27

NALC creates a new cost-of-living support webpage

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has created a new section on its website to help local (parish and town) councils support their community through the cost-of-living crisis.

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27

NALC attends a House of Lords levelling up event

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) attended an event about levelling up in South and East Lincolnshire at the House of Lords on 21 February 2023.

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FEB
23

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month in Flitwick & Ampthill

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Author: Cllr Andy Snape, Town Mayor, Flitwick Town Council


Part of NALC's #MakeAChange campaign, NALC’s LGBTQ+ National Network was set up in June 2021, bringing LGBTQ+ councillors together to share ideas and inspire change in our local communities.

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