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Management Board

NALC's newly elected Management Board of eleven elected councillors, tasked with oversight of NALC, met on 28 January, here's a summary:

  • New members Cllr Paul Harvey (Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes) and Cllr Bob Blezzard (Isle of Wight) were welcomed to the Board along with the new vice-chairman (member services), Cllr Mike Drew (Avon)
  • Councillors discussed their fiduciary roles as Board members plus their other responsibilities, and how they could best work together as a team to support the sector
  • They took several decisions including to hold this year's annual conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Milton Keynes on 26/27 October, and authorised a review of the financial services NALC offers to local councils and county associations
  • The board also agreed my appraisal targets for the year ahead which are to ensure NALC has a strong reputation with the new government, and to continue to build good relationships with and between county associations, including modernising the way NALC works

New NALC President

One further (and very important!) decision the Management Board made was regarding our new president, Baroness Scott of Bybrook has agreed to up this role – you can read more in news story.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy

NALC provides the secretariat and other support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on local democracy, which brings together MPs and Peers to champion grassroots local democracy through local councils and associated issues. The Group is holding its first meeting of the new Parliament next week and NALC are encouraging you to ask your MPs to go along! Current co-chair Scott Mann MP is standing down but he will be introducing Richard Holden MP (North West Durham) and Cherilyn Mackrory MP (Falmouth and Truro), both new MPs, who have put themselves forward to take over. The meeting will take place on 5 February from 13.00 – 13.30 in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House – if you need any help or more information do get in touch with

County Officers Forum

County officer's held their first forum meeting of the year on 29 January, kindly hosted by CCLA at their London offices. The meeting was attended by around 30 county officers, as well as Cllr Mike Drew, vice-chairman (member services), Chris Borg, policy manager, and Charlotte Eisenhart, head of member services. Topics discussed included feedback on NALC conferences, training and development, LGA's work developing a new model code of conduct, receipt and spending of Community Infrastructure Levy monies, and an update on local government reorganisation and the exciting creation of new councils in Northamptonshire!

Successful LCAS national panel

Last year we began piloting a national panel to consider applications to the Local Council Award Scheme to help more local councils get involved. Huge congratulations to all the councils awarded this round, and to everyone who participated as panel members, which you can read more about in our news story here. If you're interested in being part of the panel, click here to complete an interest form.


A big thank to you everyone who got involved in the recent Village Halls Week, the annual social media campaign set up by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) as a celebration of rural community spaces. To support Village Halls Week, colleagues at BHIB Councils Insurance put together some really interesting statistics about village halls for local councils and community centres in an infographic to re-post and share out, do check it out. As the NALC partner for insurance, please get in touch with the team at to see if they can help you with your next insurance policy!

VE Day 75

Organising community events and celebrations are such an important part of what local councils do to build community spirit and bring people together. VE Day 75 which is a three-day international celebration taking place on 8-10 May to mark 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. More information and loads of information on getting involved and taking part is here.

And finally...

The Planning Awards 2020 are run by Planning magazine and recognise excellence in both planning and placemaking. Local councils have been involved in entries in previous years, especially in the community-led planning category for your work on neighbourhood planning, the early bird deadline ends soon on 11 February, and the standard deadline on 25 February. Go for it!

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:01 by Alison Robinson

Tags: LCAS, Local Council Award Scheme, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, News, VE Day, Village Halls, managemet board, planning awards