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APR
22

Peers win a neighbourhood right of appeal on planning

A cross political party group of Peers won the fight for the introduction of a new limited neighbourhood right of appeal.

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APR
21

Devolving and delivering

This jointly delivered event on 1 June 2016 from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Local Government Association (LGA) will explore the opportunities devolution presents for principal and local councils to work more collaboratively.

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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
11

Council of the Week: St. Neots Town Council

Council of the Week: St. Neots Town Council

This week we are celebrating the work of the largest town council in Cambridgeshire.

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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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APR
04

NALC launches Star Councils 2016 awards

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today (announced that it will be running its second Star Councils awards in 2016, following the success of the first year of the programme in 2015.

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APR
04

Council of the Week: Anstey Parish Council

Council of the Week: Anstey Parish Council

Anstey is a large village in the north of Leicestershire, with an electorate of 5,247 and a population of over 6,000. It has 14 councillors and eight members of staff to manage the day to day operations of the council. A precept of £217,272 is raised with a total budgeted income of £255,967 for 2015/16.

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APR
01

Parish commissioner added to panel looking into the role of councillors

Cllr Mike Evans from Whiteley Town Council has joined a high profile panel of local government experts on the Councillor Commission as 'parish commissioner'.

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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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MAR
31

Governance and Accountability

The Practitioners’ Guide (‘the guide’) has been published by the Smaller Authorities Proper Practices Board to support the preparation by local (parish and town) councils of statutory annual accounting and governance statements.

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MAR
29

Let’s work together to protect your local environment

New rules have been introduced at the beginning of this year in the effort to improve water quality and reduce pollution.

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MAR
24

Give local councils the right to appeal planning decisions

The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties.

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MAR
23

Exclusive offer for NALC members

The new edition of Arnold Baker’s Local Council Administration is due to be published this Summer.
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MAR
23

Media Watch | 45

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

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MAR
16

NALC’s response to Budget 2016

Jonathan Owen, chief executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) said: "This is a bittersweet budget for councils at all levels with positive steps forward on devolution countered by a further reduction in spending on public services.

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MAR
16

Transparency fund to bring even more small parishes into digital age

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and the Association of Drainage of Authorities (ADA) welcomes that the Government has committed to continue supporting the multi-million pound ‘transparency fund’ to help thousands of small parish councils meet new audit and transparency rules and join the digital age.

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MAR
08

Media Watch | 44

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

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MAR
01

Deptford launches parish council campaign

A second parish council in London moved a step closer today with the press launch of a campaign by organisers of the Deptford Festival to strengthen local democracy in the area, a move strongly welcomed by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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FEB
22

HRH The Prince of Wales sees online toolkit for community-led regeneration

HRH The Prince of Wales today (22nd February 2016) saw first-hand the results of an innovative online tool that supports communities to influence the quality of new development.

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FEB
18

Media Watch | 43

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

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FEB
15

NALC supports 'Clean for the Queen’ campaign

NALC is supporting the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, which aims to clear up litter from all our communities in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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FEB
12

MPs call for devolution to parishes

Parliament celebrated some of the best parish and town councils in the country this week with a cross-party group of MPs and Peers calling for more power to be devolved from Whitehall to England’s town and village halls.

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FEB
08

Media Watch | 42

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

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FEB
04

NALC welcomes Public Sector Audit Appointments corporate plan

NALC has welcomed the publication of Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd (PSAA) Corporate Plan for the period to 2018. The Plan sets out how the company will discharge the functions delegated to it by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which include managing audit contracts originally let by the Audit Commission and supporting a smooth transition to the new audit regime introduced by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

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JAN
29

NALC rolls out new Direct Access Scheme

Today (29th January), NALC has re-launched its Direct Access Scheme.

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JAN
28

Parish devolution revolution gathers pace

 A campaign to ‘parish’ all of England received a huge boost yesterday (27 January). As dozens of communities from across the country gathered in Birmingham at a meeting organised by the National Association of Local Councils.

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JAN
28

Wilson completes NALC top team

Councillor Kevin Wilson is the new chairman of the Larger Councils' Committee of NALC.

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JAN
25

NALC warns Housing and Planning Bill not rural proofed

Members of the House of Lords have been told that the government’s flagship Housing and Planning Bill has not been sufficiently ‘rural proofed’ to assess its impact on rural areas.

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JAN
20

Power to the people – helping local leaders to reinvigorate their communities

At a time when the Government is pushing ahead with new devolution plans to move power from Whitehall to local communities, there are huge opportunities for local people to become local leaders. Whether helping an area to survive the harsh economic climate, protecting services that are under threat, or providing the events, culture and fun that puts the heart into each local community – town and parish (local) councils have never had a better opportunity to make a difference.

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JAN
19

Media Watch | 41

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

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JAN
19

An open letter to all parish and town councillors in England

[To all parish and town councillors in England]

Dear Councillor,

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JAN
13

A national call for a UK Charter for trees, woods and people

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is one of the 47 organisations taking part in a campaign to celebrate the value of our trees and woods and secure their future by creating a new Charter for trees, woods and people.

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JAN
12

NALC celebrates HM Queen’s 90th Birthday

NALC would like to encourage all local (parish and town) councils to take part in this year’s celebrations of HM Queen’s 90th Birthday by lighting Beacons in her honour.

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JAN
08

MPs to discuss the future of the historic environment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Civic Societies will host a meeting in Parliament on 27 January 2016. The event is themed around the future of the historic environment and how communities can play a greater role in effective heritage protection.

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JAN
06

NALC congratulates New Year’s Honours 2016

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) would like to congratulate individuals from the local (parish and town) councils sector on being recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.

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DEC
22

A new edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning has been published

A new edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning has been published, filling you in on all the latest neighbourhood planning news and recent updates.

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DEC
22

New advice on setting up audit panels

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has published advice on setting up audit panels.

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DEC
21

Council of the Week: Monk Hesleden Parish Council

Council of the Week: Monk Hesleden Parish Council

This week, we would like to recognise a fantastic ‘all-rounder’ and a council that like many around the country, works tirelessly to improve the lives of its community often with little recognition or acknowledgement.

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DEC
17

No referendum principles for parishes

No referendum principles for parishes

The government is not proposing to extend referendum principles to parish and town councils.

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DEC
17

NALC unveil new president

Lord Taylor of Goss Moor is to be the new president of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

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DEC
16

Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA) names Board members and first chairman.

Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA) names Board members and first chairman.

The Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) board  appointed its first ever chair and board members. 

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DEC
16

Newly elected national localism leaders

A new dynamic and exciting leadership team will lead the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) in 2016 as it sets the direction in furthering the development of localism and devolution for local (parish and town) councils and communities.

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DEC
14

Council of the Week: Sprowston Town Council

Sprowston is an urban settlement to the north of Norwich, separated from the city by the outer ring road. It has a population of approximately 15,000 and the town council has a total precept of just over £500,000 with a budgeted income of £644,000.

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DEC
11

Woodland Trust calls on parishes

People and trees are stronger together – but our nation’s woods and trees are facing unprecedented pressures. They risk being neglected, undervalued and forgotten. We need to act now before trees disappear from our story.

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DEC
08

Parishes field winners for Trust’s 2015 awards

Fields in Trust, has announced the winners of its 2015 Awards. Hosted by BBC sports and news broadcaster Ore Oduba at Lords Cricket Ground, the Awards celebrate the achievements of Fields in Trust and its partners, who have worked over the last year to ensure that everyone has access to protected outdoor recreational space.

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DEC
08

Media Watch | 40

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

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DEC
02

Communities can be the local future

National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Communities Can conference on 2 December 2015 showed how local (parish and town) councils are using regeneration to play a role in the economic development of their town centres in a time of financial challenges and opportunities.

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DEC
02

Media Watch | 39

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