As well as operating a Smaller Councils Committee, which voices the policy views and interests of smaller councils with an electorate of less than 6,000, NALC is developing a raft of other services for this size of council nationally. The focus of the committee in 2016 are as follows:


  • Establishing an area on NALC’s website for smaller councils including a raft of useful rural material aimed at the needs of smaller councils.

  • Participation in the Rural Coalition and delivering the recent concordat

  • Monitoring, reporting on and seeking to influence the Housing and Planning Bill and the Buses Bill

  • Pressing Government to make rural proofing effective

  • Building dementia friendly rural communities


  • Ensuring that NALC and other advice is to take account of and addressed issues facing smaller councils

  • Pensions auto-enrolment

  • The sector led body and new transparency arrangements including practical implications of the £25k threshold


  • Ensuring the sector’s new improvement strategy reflected the needs of smaller councils

  • Supporting and encouraging smaller councils involvement in devolution

  • Councillor recruitment and elections

  • Building the capacity of smaller councils to manage change.  The Committee has developed a survey which is aimed at looking at how prepared Smaller Councils are to take on additional services.

  • Encouraging partnerships and shared services including surveying current practice and looking at how the sector procures services (login required).