NALC young people event and young councillors network
How to get young people involved in local councils was the title of this week's brilliant sold out NALC event which heard from Cllr Katy Brooks, Pembury Parish Council, Cllr Chelsey Jay, Witham Town Council and Cllr Ollie Tucker, Axminster Town Council. All three shared really practical tips and advice on how to engage with young people in our communities.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 28 May 2021 17:39 by Alison Robinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is once again running its awards programme this year as part of its work to recognise the local (parish and town) council sector's achievements.
So far no applications have been made to the Start Council Awards from Gloucestershire - we know how interesting and dynamic you have been during the last year, especially during the COVID crisis. Please promote... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:16 by Sue Creswick
Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government will not bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded to express her disappointment, as has the Local Government Association (LGA) in their statement... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:42 by Alison Robinson
A free national webinar for parish and town councils on Wednesday 31st March at 3pm on crisis communications
Our training partner, Breakthrough Communications are running a free national webinar for parish and town councils on Wednesday 31st March at 3pm on crisis communications.
In this free webinar the panel will look at how councils can start to prepare for future crises that may arise, how to manage them effectively from a communications perspective when they happen, and what to do afterwards.
You will... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:24 by Alison Robinson
NALC's Star Council Awards are the only awards in England that recognise the local (parish and town) council sector's positive contribution to its communities, rewarding local councils, councillors, young councillors, county associations and clerks.
It has not been an easy 12 months. However, those in the sector have gone above and beyond their regular duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:02 by Alison Robinson
NALC urges the government to strengthen the standards regime
The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has written to Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to renew the call for changes to the current standards regime. Sue's letter urges him to respond to the Committee on Standards in Public Life review of local government ethical standards, to support its recommendations... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:45 by Alison Robinson
Every year NALC coordinate a Lobby Day, this usually entails councillor reps meeting the local MP's in the House of Commons.
This year it is taking place remotely, and whilst our local MP's might not be able to meet on 2nd February we hope they can find time in the coming weeks to convene a meeting.
Below is the information we have sent out: -
As part of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:25 by Alison Robinson
Extending the remote meeting regulations
The government is not currently planning to extend the remote meeting regulations beyond 7 May 2021. Along with other local government bodies, NALC is continuing to press for this extension. We are also preparing guidance for local councils on preparing for and managing the return to physical meetings in May and beyond.
Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:14 by Alison Robinson
Keeping playgrounds open
Play England and a group of academics, scientists, play experts and charities have written an open letter calling on local authorities to put the wellbeing of children first and keep playgrounds open. This has been sparked by some local authorities in England closing children's playgrounds despite government guidance that is specific about keeping them open. You can also read... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:22 by Alison Robinson
Local council elections
On 13 January, Cabinet Office minister, Chloe Smith MP responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons and confirmed May's local elections will go ahead as planned, but this would be kept under review. NALC has asked the government to make a swift decision should this situation change.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:20 by Alison Robinson