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FEB
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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FEB
02

Internal Audit Forum – the support and information resource for auditors

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Author: Eleanor Greene, Secretary to the Internal Audit Forum


Councils can be members of their county association and, thus, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). This gives them access to resource materials, training, and support. Clerks and officers can be members of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), giving them access to resource materials, training, and support. Internal auditors can be members of the Internal Audit Forum (IAF).

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JAN
31

NALC to review policy on mandatory councillor training

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Policy Committee met on 24 January 2023 to discuss several topics, including councillor training, government consultations, local government finance and NALC campaigns.

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JAN
31

NALC creates a new dedicated webpage on the Coronation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) created a new dedicated webpage for the King’s Coronation. 

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JAN
31

NALC promotes the role of local councils in reaching Net Zero

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been advocating for the important role local (parish and town) councils have in reaching Net Zero.

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JAN
27

NALC secures a new partnership with the Internal Audit Forum

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) announced today that they have partnered with the Internal Audit Forum. The partnership will see the two organisations working together to raise awareness and quality of internal audits for local councils.

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JAN
24

NALC launches new event on tackling the housing crisis

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has added a new online event on tackling the housing crisis the local way with custom and self-build homes, which takes place on 15 March 2023.

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JAN
23

England’s 10,000+ village halls to be recognised for providing warm, welcoming, and inclusive spaces

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Author: Phillip Vincent, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)


Village Halls Week 2023 will celebrate how these volunteer-run rural community buildings support local residents, groups, and businesses, particularly during difficult times.

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JAN
20

NALC pushes government for multi-year exemption on referendum principles 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to give local (parish and town) councils a multi-year exemption from referendum principles on excessive council tax increases.

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JAN
20

NALC encourages local councils to start preparations for the Coronation 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held an informal National Assembly on 17 January 2023 to discuss the upcoming Coronation of His Majesty The King. The meeting was open to local (parish and town) councils and was well attended, with roughly 100 people joining the discussion.

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JAN
19

Putting the local In the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Author: Michael King, chair of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman


For nearly 50 years, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has had the power to investigate complaints about problems faced by people using all kinds of local services, from registering births to caring for our oldest residents.

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JAN
13

Going for gold - our journey to a quality award

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Author: Jennie Thomas, chief officer and parish clerk at Stone Parish Council


Award schemes are generally used to support the credibility of a sector, help people feel their work is valued, improve morale, boost the profile, and solidify an organisation's reputation through third-party endorsement.

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JAN
13

NALC to hold an in-person conference on why standards matter

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will hold its first in-person conference since 2019 on why professional standards and ethics matter.

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JAN
11

NALC launches new event on emergency planning

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has added a new online event on emergency planning, which takes place on 29 March 2023.

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JAN
10

The Civility and Respect Project releases a new HR podcast

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The Civility and Respect Project releases a new HR podcast to better explain local (parish and town) councils' responsibilities as employers regarding sickness and absence.

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JAN
09

NALC announces the latest Local Council Award Scheme results

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

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JAN
04

NALC and Parish Online releases a new publication on digital mapping systems

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Parish Online have released a new publication on digital mapping systems for local (parish and town) councils.

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JAN
04

The Civility and Respect Project supports Early Day Motion on strengthening the standards regime

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The Civility and Respect Project has backed a new Early Day Motion on intimidation in community, parish and town councils, tabled in parliament by Dr Julian Lewis MP. 

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DEC
19

NALC welcomes government plans not to extend council tax referendum principles to local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed government proposals not to set council tax referendum principles for England's 10,000 local (parish and town) councils for the financial year 2023/24.

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DEC
15

Help NALC support International Women's Day

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

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DEC
14

NALC calls on ministers to support the House of Lords Committee Land Use report recommendations

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has joined civil society leaders to call on ministers to support the main recommendations of the House of Lords Committee Land Use report.

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DEC
13

Open letter: Local leadership through challenging times 

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Throughout what has undoubtedly been a challenging year, I have been struck by how the first tier of local government – England's 10,000 local (parish and town) councils – has provided stability and support to our communities.

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DEC
12

Tips on reducing on-site consumption and becoming greener

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Author: Ruaire Glackin, head of net zero & energy management at Utility Aid 


With the cost of living and energy crisis affecting everyone, especially businesses and charities, one way to decrease costs is to reduce your energy consumption and look at ways to become greener with your usage. Not only can you save money, but by taking little steps, you help to look after our planet and can contribute towards the net zero goal.

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DEC
12

Civility and Respect Project revises Code of Conduct supporting guidance

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The Civility and Respect Project team has revised the Local Government Association (LGA) Code of Conduct supporting guidance to better reflect the sector's needs.

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DEC
12

NALC updates support materials for the Sustainable Communities Act

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has recently updated its materials for local (parish and town) councils making proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act.

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DEC
05

NALC launches new event on social isolation and loneliness

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has added a new online event on social isolation and loneliness from the local council perspective, which takes place on 22 February 2023.

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DEC
05

Four ways to alleviate your workforce's money worries this winter

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Author: Hannah Copeland, HR Business Partner at WorkNest


As people’s bills increase, so does the pressure on employers to offer some form of support.

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DEC
01

The Civility and Respect Project releases a new HR podcast

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The Civility and Respect Project releases a new HR podcast to better explain local (parish and town) councils' responsibilities as employers regarding appraisals.

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NOV
30

Cyber Insurance: Five ways councils can safeguard from cyber attacks

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


Almost every local (parish and town) council uses technology in their day-to-day operations — whether simply accessing emails or performing more complex tasks such as handling personal data.

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NOV
28

Warm up Winter with The Big Lunch at Christmas

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


The Big Lunch, an Eden Project initiative, has been bringing neighbours together annually each June since 2009. This year was exceptional, as The Big Jubilee Lunch 2022 was part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

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NOV
25

NALC supports White Ribbon Day

Today, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) supports White Ribbon Day. This is the International Day for eradicating violence against women, held annually on 25 November. The charity White Ribbon UK seeks to engage men and boys in violence prevention as part of the global White Ribbon movement.

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NOV
25

A personal perspective on White Ribbon Accreditation

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Author: Cllr Kay Wesley, White Ribbon Champion for Congleton Town Council


What is Congleton doing and why?

Congleton Town Council has voted to become White Ribbon Accredited. The catalyst for this was a visit to Congleton by Chris Green OBE, the White Ribbon UK President, who was invited to speak at a public event organised by the Congleton Women’s Forum.

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NOV
25

NALC to become a White Ribbon Accredited organisation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to become a White Ribbon Accredited organisation.

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NOV
22

The Civility and Respect Project releases two new HR podcasts

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The Civility and Respect Project has released two new HR podcasts to better explain local (parish and town) councils' responsibilities as employers.

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NOV
22

NALC urges the government to give local councils direct access to levelling up funding

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to give local (parish and town) councils direct access to apply for levelling up funding.

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NOV
18

NALC responds to the Autumn Statement

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Cllr Keith Stevens, chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), has responded to the Autumn Statement.

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NOV
18

The Civility and Respect Project release the November newsletter

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The November edition of the Civility and Respect newsletter is out now.

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NOV
14

The Civility and Respect Project releases a new guide to social media

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The Civility and Respect Project team have worked in partnership with Breakthrough Communications to produce this comprehensive guide to actively address the issues of civility and respect on social media which has been approved for use by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

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NOV
11

NALC calls on local councils to respond to final consultation on new parliamentary constituencies

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) calls on local (parish and town) councils to respond to the final consultation on new parliamentary constituencies.

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NOV
10

New local government minister gives first speech at NALC conference 

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The newly appointed minister for local government, Lee Rowley MP, gave his very first speech to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Empowering Communities conference on 7 November 2022.

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NOV
10

NALC's latest peer challenge takes place at Cirencester Town Council 

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) latest peer challenge, in partnership with the Local Government Association (LGA), has occurred at Cirencester Town Council in Gloucestershire.

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NOV
10

The Civility and Respect Project releases new roles and responsibilities guidance

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The Civility and Respect Project team have worked in partnership with Hoey Ainscough Associates Ltd to produce this roles and responsibilities guidance which has been approved for use by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

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NOV
09

Planning applications in a digital mapping system

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Author: Tristram Cary, chair of Geoxphere Ltd


One of the local (parish and town) councils' essential duties is to analyse and comment on planning applications. This vital task is made much easier if the planning applications can be loaded into a digital mapping system and analysed against all the relevant constraints, such as local plans and flood risk. 

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NOV
09

The Civility and Respect Project releases a new recruitment guide

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The Civility and Respect Project team has worked with county associations to produce this comprehensive recruitment guide approved for use by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

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NOV
03

NALC and the SLCC sign the partnership statement and memorandum of understanding

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) have signed the partnership statement and memorandum of understanding.

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NOV
03

Government minister to speak at NALC's Empowering Communities event

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Lee Rowley MP will speak at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) one-day virtual event, Empowering Communities, on 7 November 2022.

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NOV
02

Local government pay offer accepted by unions

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been notified by the Local Government Association (LGA) that it has come to an agreement on the 2022/23 pay offer with the unions representing local government employees

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NOV
02

There’s a climate emergency – what can councils do next?

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Author: Megan Blyth, local and community empowerment project officer at the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)


Tackling the climate crisis is a daunting task, especially for councils that may not have access to large budgets, resources or staff. But we know more and more local councils have declared climate emergencies and are thinking about plans for positive change in their local area. But what support is available to ensure these plans benefit local communities and the planet? 

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NOV
01

Labour MP to speak at NALC's Empowering Communities event

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Alex Norris MP will speak at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) one-day virtual event, Empowering Communities, on 7 November 2022.

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NOV
01

The Civility and Respect Project releases a new HR podcast

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The Civility and Respect Project has released a new HR podcast to better explain local (parish and town) councils' responsibilities as employers.

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