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JUL
12

NALC launches survey on 2021 local elections

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched two surveys aimed at local (parish and town) councils and councillors on the 2021 local elections.

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JUL
07

NALC hosts historic first meeting of women councillors 

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NALC held its first National Network: Women councillors meeting on 5 July 2021, which aims to help women councillors from across England's local (parish and town) councils to connect, learn, support and share good practices.

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JUL
05

English Rural launch a new guide on rural housing for councillors

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Today, English Rural launched their new guide (Parish Councillors’ Guide to Rural Affordable Housing) aimed at local (parish and town) councillors on affordable rural housing.

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JUL
01

A joint statement agreed by Civility and Respect Project Working Group

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The Civility and Respect Project Working Group agreed at its latest meeting on 28 June 2021 a joint statement committing to promote civility and respect in public life. The statement, which summarises the core aims and values for securing permanent change in the local (parish and town) council sector, reads:

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JUN
29

Parliamentarians seeking views on levelling up

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Parliamentarians in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Democracy are seeking views on levelling up from local (parish and town) councils at an online roundtable on 12 July 2021.

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JUN
29

NALC urges the government to make remote meetings permanent

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has again urged the government to make remote meetings a permanent option for local (parish and town) councils.

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JUN
21

NALC launch new ground-breaking online conference

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched its first-ever one-day online conference, Future Communities 2021, taking place on 2 December 2021.

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JUN
18

NALC marks Pride Month by hosting its first-ever meeting of LGBT+ councillors

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) marked Pride Month by hosting its first-ever national meeting of LGBT+ councillors from local (parish and town) councils.

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JUN
07

Environment Bill must unleash a million green fingers to create more sustainable communities says NALC

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is pushing for changes to the government’s Environment Bill to unleash the million green fingers of its movement of 100,000 local councillors to create a greener, more environmentally friendly and sustainable communities.

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JUN
02

MPs and peers elected to champion local councils in parliament

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Cherilyn Mackrory MP and Richard Holden MP have been re-elected as co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy aimed at championing local (parish and town) councils in parliament.

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JUN
02

NALC sets up a new national network for LGBT+ councillors 

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To coincide with Pride Month taking place throughout June, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is setting up a new national network for LGBT+ local (parish and town) councillors.

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JUN
02

NALC meets with local government minister Luke Hall MP

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chair, Cllr Sue Baxter, met with Luke Hall MP, minister for Regional Growth and Local Government at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on 19 May 2021.

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DEC
18

Open letter: Working together to build stronger communities

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Building stronger communities were the theme of October’s NALC Annual Conference where Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, paid tribute to England’s 100,000 councillors for all the work they do for their places. And I want to add my own thanks and appreciation, and wish you all the very best for the new decade ahead.

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MAY
29

Open letter: Building back communities

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As we move to a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic, I want to express my thanks for all your hard work and dedication over the last few challenging months.

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JAN
08

Open letter: Make a change to local communities

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Looking back to my open letter just twelve months ago, no-one could have foreseen the coronavirus pandemic which has changed our lives and the country in so many ways since.

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MAY
14

Open letter: People powered change

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Our communities thrive when people get involved and come together to take action on the issues they care about.

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APR
28

NALC responds to High Court judgement on remote meetings

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Responding to today’s judgement in the High Court on holding remote meetings, Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), said:

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APR
09

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G, K.T

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“It is with great sadness that the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

“I know that those in the local (parish and town) council sector would join me in extending their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.”

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MAY
11

NALC statement on the Queen’s Speech

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Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), said:

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APR
28

NALC presses UK Finance to improve banking services for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has pressed the trade association for banks (UK Finance) and its member banks to improve their services to local councils.

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APR
26

Government announces two key neighbourhood planning funds

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced on Saturday 24th April the launch of two new key neighbourhood planning funds.

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APR
23

NALC responds to proposals for locally-led re-organisation

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has responded to the government consultations for locally-led re-organisation in Cumbria, Somerset and North Yorkshire.

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MAR
22

NALC releases survey on young people

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to complete its new survey on young people. The survey will explore what local councils are currently doing to support young people in our communities.

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APR
08

NALC launch a new publication on trees

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new publication on local (parish and town) councils and the Tree Charter.

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APR
07

The first intake for CiLCA 2021 beginning from April 

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The Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) 2021 was launched earlier this year to reflect legislation changes. From April 2021, learners will be registered for the updated qualification.

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MAR
26

Principal authorities told to pass funding on to local councils

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The government is strongly encouraging principal authorities to work with local (parish and town) councils and pass on funding from the £56m Welcome Back Fund.

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MAR
29

NALC presses the government to keep the housing system democratic

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has pressed the government to promote democracy when implementing reforms for better quality housing.

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MAR
26

Government announces remote meeting powers not being extended

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The secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government has considered the case for extending legislation very carefully and has concluded that it is not possible to bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time.

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MAR
26

Council tax levels for 2021/22 show the lowest increase in precepts for a decade

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published information on council tax levels set by councils in England for the financial year 2021-22.

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MAR
17

Update on NALC's online events calendar for 2021

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Following our Rebuilding Communities online event series over the last year, we're excited to share news on our upcoming events calendar. From April 2021, we will continue to run our online events, covering the hottest topics from the sector with expert panellists to share valuable insights and practical tips to help build stronger communities.

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MAR
09

NALC launches a new guide on cyber security

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched The Good Councillor's guide to cyber security in partnership with Microshade VSM.

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MAR
04

NALC pressure on the government leads to a response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life report

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The government has confirmed it intends to publish its response to the Committee on Standards in Public Life's (COSIPL’s) review of Local Government Ethical Standards “shortly” and at the same time publish a consultation on the recommendations it has agreed to.

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MAR
02

NALC urges the government to maintain an extended audit timetable for local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to maintain the current extended timescale for local (parish and town) councils to publish their audited accounts.

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FEB
25

NALC launches Star Council Awards 2021

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it is once again running its awards programme this year as part of its work to recognise the local (parish and town) council sector’s achievements.

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OCT
30

NALC and LGA launch new guide to tackle loneliness

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today launched a new joint guide with the Local Government Association (LGA) on tackling loneliness.

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FEB
22

NALC chief executive writes to clerks about civility in public life

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has written an open letter to clerks about civility in public life ahead of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) Practitioners’ Conference taking place between 23 - 25 February 2021.

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FEB
15

NALC to release a video series on councillor stories

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to publish a series of videos telling the stories of local (parish and town) councillors across England.

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FEB
11

NALC urges the government to strengthen the standards regime

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government as a matter of urgency to bring forward changes to the current standards regime governing conduct in local government.

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FEB
08

NALC makes changes to its Local Council Award Scheme criteria

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has completed its review and updated its Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) criteria.

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FEB
05

NALC responds to Handforth Parish Council's meeting going viral

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware of the recent news regarding Handforth Parish Council's Planning and Environment Committee meeting going viral.

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FEB
02

Parliamentary group backs Onward's report calling for more parish power

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy today backed The Policies of Belonging report by influential think tank Onward which calls for more parish power.

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FEB
01

NALC Lobby Day goes online to promote local councils to the government

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will take to parliament online this year as part of its annual Lobby Day on 2 February 2021.

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JAN
26

Government confirms Section 137 expenditure limit for 2021/22

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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 is £8.41 per elector.

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JAN
15

NALC urges government to get toilets bill over the finish line

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is urging the government to push the Non-Domestic Rates (Public Lavatories) Bill 2021-22 over the finish line and finally deliver on its 2018 budget pledge.

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JAN
12

NALC supports report’s appeal for all areas to have local councils

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is supporting the call from the think-tank Onward to give every area a local (parish and town) council to bolster communities and community resilience.

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JAN
11

NALC to support Prime Minister's Champion Group on dementia

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been invited to sit on and secretariat the Prime Minister’s Champion Group (PMCG) on dementia.

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DEC
24

NALC online office Christmas closure and opening

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) offices will close on 24 December 2020 for Christmas and will reopen on 4 January 2020.

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DEC
18

Government to continue with no referendum principles for local councils

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The government’s provisional local government finance settlement has confirmed the continuation of no referendum principles for local (parish and town) councils in 2021-22, which the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called for and was included in their submission to the recent spending review.

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DEC
15

Local councils eligible to the new leisure fund

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A new £100m National Leisure Recovery Fund has been launched by Sport England and is open to eligible local (parish and town) councils, following successful representations made to the government by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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DEC
09

NALC announces online Lobby Day for 2021

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it will once again hold a Lobby Day, on 2 February 2021.

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