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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
16

Women in parish and town councils

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Author: Amy Knox, project officer (gender), Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK)


On Wednesday evening, I was one of 150 women who joined the Parliament Project for the “Women in local (parish and town) council – What is it and can I do it?” workshop.

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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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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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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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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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1,000 local councils sign the Civility and Respect Pledge 

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1,000 local (parish and town) councils have signed up for the Civility and Respect Pledge.

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21

Dr Paul Behrens joins NALC’s climate emergency network meeting

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Dr Paul Behrens joins the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) as a guest speaker for the first National Network: Climate emergency meeting of the year on 14 February 2023.

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The Civility and Respect Project launches a new suite of e-learning

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The Civility and Respect Project has launched a new suite of e-learning courses for local (parish and town) councils.

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16

Will your council join the nation in celebration?

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Author: Kate Groves, Marketing Manager, Eden Project Communities 


Following the recent announcement from Buckingham Palace, we are delighted to share that this year's Big Lunch will take place on 6-8 May, as part of the celebrations for the Coronation.

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NALC calls for change to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the House of Lords to make essential changes to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to ensure local (parish and town) councils play their part in levelling up and improving local communities.

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14

Local councils not subject to council referendum principles

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Michael Gove MP confirmed on 7 February 2023 that local (parish and town) councils would not be subject to the council tax referendum principles in 2023/24.

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14

NALC meets with the communities minister 

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The president of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Baroness Scott of Needham Market, met in parliament with the faith and communities minister, Baroness Scott of Bybrook.

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13

NALC joins Better Planning Coalition

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has joined the Better Planning Coalition. 

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10

Local councils central to the King's Coronation celebrations says communities minister

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Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, parliamentary under secretary of state (Faith and Communities) at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has written to NALC's chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, about the King's Coronation and the vital role of local (parish and town) councils in the celebrations.

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09

Seven ways you can be an LGBTQ+ ally at work

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Author: Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin, digital mobilisation lead at Stonewall


Over a third of LGBTQ+ people still feel they have to hide who they are at work.

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08

NALC discusses levelling up in parliament

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Last week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) discussed the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill in parliament.

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07

NALC attends DEFRA roundtable on rural access

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This week, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) was invited to participate in a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) ministerial roundtable.

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06

The government confirms the Section 137 expenditure limit for 2023/24

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The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2023/24 is £9.93. 

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06

NALC discusses the Make A Change campaign with Mumsnet

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) met with Mumsnet last week to discuss how they could help raise awareness of the Make A Change campaign.

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