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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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
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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MAR
01

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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FEB
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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FEB
27

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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FEB
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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FEB
26

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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FEB
22

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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FEB
21

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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FEB
20

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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FEB
20

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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FEB
19

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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FEB
14

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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FEB
14

Celebrating LGBT+ History Month 2024

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Author: Cllr Andy Snape, mayor of Flitwick Town Council


As co-chair of NALC's LGBT+ councillors national network, it's an honour to write on NALC’s blog to mark LBGT+ History Month 2024! The network was set up in 2021 to bring LGBTQ+ councillors together to share ideas and inspire change in our local communities. As a network, we’re working on some exciting initiatives to raise the profile of LGBTQ+ councillors and staff working in local councils and to provide resources and support for councils that would like to engage more in this important area. 

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FEB
13

NALC and SLCC issue rapid response survey on Martyn’s Law

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Following the publication of the long-awaited Martyn’s Law standard tier consultation last week, 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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FEB
13

Local councils can now apply for a free portrait of His Majesty The King

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The National Association of Local Councils and the Cabinet Office can confirm that local (parish and town) councils can now apply for a free portrait of His Majesty The King.

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FEB
07

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

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Following the publication of the long-awaited Martyn's Law standard tier consultation, the Home Office has announced that it will be hosting a webinar 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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FEB
07

NALC opposes the street vote development concept  

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has opposed the government’s new street vote development order plans.

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FEB
07

Moving your council to a .gov.uk domain couldn’t be easier with the parish council domains helper service  

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Authors: Karen Gibbard, Sandra Lowe, Stephanie Palmer and Tim Willott from the Parish Council Domains Helper Team


As you may know, the cabinet office is working hard to support England's parish and town councils in moving to .gov.uk domains where they can conduct their business safely, more securely and efficiently.

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FEB
05

NALC responds to BBC investigation on abuse towards councillors and staff

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has responded to an investigation by the BBC into abuse and intimidation of people in local government.

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FEB
02

Women councillors network meet to discuss bullying and harassment

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) National Network: Women councillors met on 29 January 2024 to discuss NALC's women councillors survey and bullying and harassment in the local (parish and town) council sector.

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02

NABMA honours outstanding local councils in market awards

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Local (parish and town councils) were honoured by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) at an award ceremony recognising outstanding markets on 25 January 2024.  

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FEB
01

NALC event highlights how local councils can benefit from the levelling up agenda

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The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) latest online event on 31 January 2024 highlighted how local (parish and town) councils could benefit from the levelling up agenda.

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JAN
31

Risk management

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Author: Danielle Bird, financial director at Utility Aid


The financial world is very volatile at the moment and what that means is that a lot of decisions that I make along with the board of directors have an element of risk. One thing that I do not like is uncertainty. I sit with our leadership team every month to compare budget versus actual, to make sure we are meeting targets, and not overspending. I do this, not only because it’s part of my job but also because I hate the unexpected. I take pride in accurate forecasting and feel responsible for it when it’s not.

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JAN
26

NALC’s women councillors national network launches a new survey

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The National of Association of Local Councils (NALC) women councillor’s national network has launched a survey to help shape the network’s future.

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JAN
24

NALC feature on the latest SLCC podcast

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been featured on the latest podcast by the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

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JAN
24

Digital engagement in neighbourhood planning

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Authors: Steve Besford-Foster, PlanSupport in association with Neil Kirkland, GoCollaborate Limited 


There has been a significant dip in the willingness of communities to engage since COVID. Some of this might be due to a fear of public meetings and mixing, but there’s a continuing strong element of cynicism about government and planning, which is having an impact on NDP engagement. There is also a growing recognition of what digital engagement can bring which many communities are looking to grasp.

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JAN
23

NALC publishes its quarterly activity report

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published its quarterly activity report covering October to December 2023.

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JAN
23

NALC announces an exciting lineup of events for the first half of 2024/25

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has unveiled its much-anticipated events schedule for the first half of the 2024/25 financial year.

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JAN
23

NALC launches new banking webpage to help address local council concerns

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In response to numerous issues raised by local (parish and town) councils about high street banks, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new webpage to help address those concerns.

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JAN
19

Government informs NALC of Section 137 expenditure limit for 2024/25

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 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 local (parish and town) councils in England for 2024/25 is £10.81.

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JAN
18

NALC has released extra tickets for how local councils can benefit from the levelling up agenda

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has released extra tickets to its sold-out online event on how local councils can benefit from the levelling up agenda which takes place on 31 January 2024.

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JAN
17

NALC welcomes parish exclusion from referendum principles

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the government’s decision to exclude local (parish and town) councils from council tax referendum principles for the 2024/25 financial year.

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