Recognising concerns and uncertainty over the potential impact of Local Government Reorganisation in any given area, NALC and county associations have an important role to fulfil in helping local councils through such change. Assistance can be given in a range of ways depending on the type of organization requesting the query:
Campaign groups for new local councils: NALC have a range of case studies specifying how new local councils have been created in a range of different areas in England – on the Create A Council webpage. Campaign groups should also refer to Power To The People for technical guidance. Groups should also in the first instance contact their local county association for guidance, or contact NALC at .
Local councils undergoing reorganisation: Local councils in areas experiencing reorganisation should first contact their county association. Councils being split into different new local councils or undergoing Community Governance Reviews should refer to the case studies on the Create a Council webpage and the Legal Topic Note on Community Governance Reviews in the member's area of the website
County associations covering areas facing reorganisation: County associations covering geopolitical areas undergoing or likely to experience reorganisation should alert NALC in the first instance as to where reorganisation is likely to take place and the implications for local councils. It is then always a good idea to network with other county officers who are experiencing the same policy changes in their areas for advice and support. The Create A Council webpage is always useful. If you need a steer on the new council's aspects of reorganisation, contact NALC at or call on 020 7290 0741.
- Principal authorities: If you work for or are a member at a principal authority you need to contact the County Councils Network, the District Councils Network or the Local Government Association (LGA) for specific advice on reorganisation – depending on your type of principal authority. However, if you have any specific queries regarding the implications for local council of reorganisation in your area, or technical queries, contact NALC at or call on 020 7290 0741.
NALC’s member's area on the website is the first port of call providing a wide range of online resources including Legal Topic Notes, Development Tools, Policy Briefings and case studies. Up-to-date information is included in the weekly bulletin, news feed, social media and LCR magazine. In addition, local councils can access the legal service (please login to the member's area) offered by NALC. NALC also supports local councils through its training and events programme and leads on joint events with the LGA aimed at more effective partnership working between principal and local councils.
At a local level, county associations play a vital advocacy role, being a conduit for information between the principal authorities and local councils, as well as facilitating discussions with lead partners and stakeholders and promoting awareness about consultation. County associations also liaise on a regional and national basis and can impart lessons learnt and best practice from other county areas ensuring as smooth a transition as possible through reorganisation. NALC also offers assistance to local councils which have experienced reorganisation – through visits (offering technical expertise and advice).
Reorganisation and new council creation
There has recently been a greater convergence of interest in new local council creation in areas where local government reorganisation is taking place – particularly in areas such as Dorset and Suffolk.
In Dorset, a new Weymouth Town Council is being created in the wake of the outgoing Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, and in Christchurch it is likely there will be a new town council with new surrounding local councils filling the geopolitical boundaries of the outgoing borough council.
In Suffolk, West Row Parish Council will be created involving the splitting of an existing local council, again as a result of local council reorganisation
County associations, principal authorities and campaign groups wanting to create new local councils during a period of wider local government reorganisation in their areas need to refer to all of the relevant case studies and background information on the Create A Council webpage and refer to the Power To The People, which contains relevant information on process and useful case studies.