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NOV
20

Your community needs you!

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) calls for new faces to stand for 2015 Election.

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NOV
25

Uppingham goes global

Uppingham goes global

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will launch on Wednesday 26 November, an initiative that will enable the whole world to view what is happening in the historic market town of Uppingham.

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NOV
27

NALC and local government leaders demand devolution

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has reiterated its demand for devolution to parish councils in a letter to the Times, calling upon "central Government and party leaders to recognise that local government should be the vehicle for devolution in England".

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NOV
28

New media policy example

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has produced a new Media Policy Example. This Media Policy Example has been produced in light of the national rules changing with regards to filming and recording at local (parish and town) council meetings. It is hoped that this new example will help show local councils how to respond effectively and positively to the new rules.

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DEC
02

Countryside groups unite to issue the rural challenge

With the autumn statement due to announce a ‘roads revolution’ and a focus on fracking, the priorities of rural communities risk being sidelined, says Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Rural Coalition.

Calling for recognition of the national importance of the countryside and our rural communities, the Rural Coalition is today (3 December 2014) urging Government to address three core areas to support them: the rural economy, affordable housing, and health and social care services. The Rural Challenge 2015 outlines a new set of rural priorities for the next Government.

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DEC
02

Working together to make Hampshire more resilient

Working together to make Hampshire more resilient

Parish and town councillors from across Hampshire are working in partnership with the County Council as winter sets in a bid to strengthen community resilience.

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DEC
03

The future should be local

The future should be local

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) conference, Future Local, showed how local (parish and town) councils are helping to drive and deliver many localist actions such as Our Place! Sustainable Communities Act and Neighbourhood Planning to communities. And how those in power need to listen to calls for more influence and devolution to the community level. 

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DEC
04

NALC gives broadband challenge

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in its evidence to the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday 3 December 2014 called for a broadband and digital only policy strategy that works for rural England.

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DEC
04

Neighbourhood Planning Week

Neighbourhood Planning Week (8-12 December 2014) is about celebrating the fantastic progress of neighbourhood planning so far. The week's events include opportunities to chat online via the Facebook page to Brandon Lewis, Minister for Planning and Housing. Get your questions on neighbourhood planning answered by the NP team at the Department of Communities and Local Government, and share your thoughts on the process and what you've learnt from being involved in neighbourhood planning.

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DEC
05

Proposed changes to parish poll rules

At long last the Government has published proposals to reform parish polls, following pressure by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to update current rules which are over 40 years old.

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DEC
09

Newly elected national localism leaders

Newly elected national localism leaders

Re-elected chair and two vice-chairs will lead the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in 2015 as it takes the lead in furthering the development of localism for every local (parish and town) councils and communities, after elections held on 9 December 2014.

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DEC
16

Increase in spending for parishes

Increase in spending for parishes

The department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) has informed 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 2015-16 is £7.36 per elector.

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DEC
16

Manifesto calls for fair rural deal

Manifesto calls for fair rural deal

The Rural Services Network has published its manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election, calling for a fairer deal for rural England.

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DEC
16

NALC responds to England devolution proposals

Responding to the command paper 'Implications of Devolution for England' presented to Parliament by the First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Ken Browse said: "Today's command paper on the implications of devolution for England is a welcome step forward in giving more power to local people and putting communities in control of their areas.

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DEC
17

Hampshire sets the example

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on all County Associations of Local Councils with parish and town councils to follow the example of the Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) by forging closer links with local Rotary Clubs.

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DEC
17

NALC backs MPs planning report

NALC backs MPs planning report

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) welcomes and supports many findings of the parliamentary select committee for Communities and Local Government on planning.

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DEC
10

A voice for local councils

A voice for local councils

LCR (Local Council Review), the flagship magazine of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been published on 10 December 2014.

LCR is NALC’s high-quality, glossy quarterly publication with in-depth articles and features offering you advice and good practice, along with regular spotlights on parish and town councils and top tips information to help assist you with the real issues affecting local councils and communities. 

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DEC
11

Parishes improve financial accountability

Parishes improve financial accountability

Parish and town councils are improving accountability for public money according to a new report by the Audit Commission.

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DEC
11

Tacking the rural housing crisis

Tacking the rural housing crisis

Tackling the rural housing crisis The Rural Housing Alliance and Rural Services Network have launched a new guide promoting affordable rural homes.

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DEC
18

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

The Government has published the final version of this Code which replaces the need for external audit for parish councils with turnover less than £25,000. The code will require the on-line publication of information which the Government says will provide taxpayers with a clear picture of the council's' activities, spending and governance and will improve the ability of communities to hold local public bodies to account.

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DEC
18

Finance settlement must help parishes

Finance settlement must help parishes

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling for the Government to help local (parish and town) councils through local government finance after a finance settlement statement was made from the Department of Communities and Local Government on Thursday 18 December 2014.

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NOV
18

Pillars of the community

English Heritage has produced a guide aimed for both local government and community groups on when and how to transfer heritage assets to local (parish and town) councils and community ownership.

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NOV
12

NALC supports #GivingTuesday

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to support the global day of #GivingTuesday on 2 December 2014.

It is a day of giving that asks everyone to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time or just spreading the work, it is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.

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OCT
17

Town council blooms as champion of champions

Shrewsbury has been crowned Champion of Champions by Britain in Bloom judges, with the town’s local council at the heart of their campaign to win one of the most coveted awards in the country.

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OCT
17

Your chance to win an iPad mini!

One of our key strategic priorities at NALC is to ensure that we’re delivering high quality services to both CALCs and our member councils.

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OCT
21

NALC disappointed in Lyons Housing Review


National Association of Local Councils (NALC) believes  Sir Michael Lyons report on boosting housing supply was reasonably even-handed and at times pragmatic and proportionate to the house building crisis that the country faces at the moment.

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OCT
24

Parishes short changed by nine million

The annual general meeting of the National Association of Local Councils next week is to discuss an emergency motion urging the Government to take stronger action to ensure £9 million of funding is passed on to local communities.

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OCT
31

Putting communities in control

National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 29 October 2014, saw a direction forward to putting local (parish and town) councils  and communities more in control of how their lives are run and public services delivered to them.

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NOV
10

Rural not-spot communities begin to have broadband

Rural not-spot communities begin to have broadband

Residents of the Cotswold town of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire will now be able to make calls and browse the internet over a 3G mobile network for the first time, after the community was named as the first of 100 rural towns and villages to receive coverage under Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal programme.

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NOV
11

Delivering differently in neighbourhoods

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods Programme, which aims to support principal (county, district, unitary and borough) authorities to redesign services to deliver at neighbourhood level, with the involvement of community organisations or local (parish and town) councils.

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OCT
15

Time for government action on planning

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is demanding that the Government needs to take action now to make planning work better for communities and local people.

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OCT
15

Local councils are moving together in partnership

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) have joined forces for further mutual working and co-operation.

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OCT
13

NALC supports strike suspension

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) supports the actions of Unite, Unison and GMB unions to suspend strike action planned for this week.

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OCT
10

Hand more power to parishes

National Association of Local Councils has called on the Liberal Democrats to boost their ‘localist’ credentials by handing more power to parish councils.

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OCT
08

Do you want better rural broadband?

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with Vodafone UK and the Countryside Alliance to encourage more applications to the Rural Open Sure Signal programme. 

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OCT
03

Whitehaven gets the green light for new town council


The Cumbrian town of Whitehaven is the latest community in England to get the go ahead for a new town council following a campaign by residents to give local people more power.

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SEP
26

Labour devolution plans will give more power to parish councils

The Labour party has promised to hand more power to ‘cities and counties, towns and districts, parishes and neighbourhoods’ if it forms the next Government, a move strongly welcomed by the body which represents England’s most local councils.

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SEP
25

Sustaining a future for communities

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) held the first meetings of its Government backed Sustainable Communities Act (SCA) board on 23 September 2014.

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SEP
19

A new constitutional settlement for all of the UK

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on 19 September 2014 is calling for a new constitutional settlement for all of the UK after yesterday’s referendum vote in Scotland.

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SEP
19

Time to realise the potential of parish and town councils

Parish and town councils are the backbone of our democracy and at the heart of many communities in England.

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SEP
18

Together we can make it work

NALC’s Making Localism Work conference showed how by using existing and forthcoming strengthened powers, communities and councils can get in the driving seat to make their places better.

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SEP
17

LCR Magazine Autumn 2014 is out today

LCR is NALC’s high-quality, glossy quarterly publication with in-depth articles and features offering you advice and good practice, along with regular spotlights on parish and town councils and top tips information.

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SEP
12

NALC backs Liberal Democrats call for more parish councils

The Liberal Democrat Party’s pre-manifesto has pledged to increase the number of parish councils, a commitment which was today strongly welcomed by the National Association of Local Councils.

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SEP
01

NALC disappointed at DCLG's no to business rate funding for parishes

The Government has today turned down a proposal for a share of business rates to go to parish and town councils, suggesting they do not see local economic development as part of their localism role.

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SEP
05

Larger Councils elections

Four places for direct election to the NALC Larger Councils’ Committee for the tenure November 2014 - 2016 will be available from the date of the NALC Larger Councils’ Conference – 03 December 2014.

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APR
18

Council of the Week: East Peckham Parish Council

East Peckham is a rural village between within the borough of Tonbridge and Malling, Kent and is twinned with Chereng in the Nord de Par de Calais region. The village has approximately 1,200 homes with 3,500 residents and continuing to expand. The council includes its own Jubilee Hall, educational facilities and a vibrant village centre. There is a network of paths and cycle ways that connect the commercial and residential parts of the village.

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APR
14

MPs back parish powerhouse at NALC Lobby Day

Scores of MPs lined up in Parliament yesterday to signal their support for England’s localist powerhouse during a Lobby Day organised by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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APR
01

Keeping communities clean and open to all

Budget 2016 announcement could signal end to parish councils paying ‘toilet tax’

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APR
01

National Living Wage impact on local councils

The Government's National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force on 1 April 2016. It replaced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for all workers aged 25 and over.

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APR
05

Media Watch | 46

Media Watch is a weekly round-up of the latest major stories on the local (parish and town) council sector.

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