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19th June 2017

The guide is designed specifically to help local councillors support their communities and council in deciding whether or not to produce a neighourhood plan for their area and, if they decide to go-ahead, to guide them through the process of producing the plan and thinking about how it will be delivered.

SALC members can download a copy of this publication from the Members area of our website.  Hard copies of this publication can be purchased from us at a cost of £4 per copy to member councils, £5 per copy to non-member councils.

19th June 2017

At a time when there is more demand for public bodies to be more open and transparent, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a guide for finance and transparency. This publication is available to download from the NALC website,, or in the members area of our website.  The publication is not currently available to purchase in hard copy.


3rd April 2017

On 27 February 2017, Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG) approved some modest amendments to the wording of Governance and Accountability. The content is not greatly changed, but a minor error affecting parish meetings has been corrected and some of the explanations in part five have been made clearer. 

The 2017 edition of the guide applies to the statutory reporting of the financial year 2017/18. However, JPAG has authorised the early adoption of the guide for 2016/17 on a voluntary basis. The decision whether to do so will rest with individual smaller authorities. A copy of the Guide can be viewed in the members' area.

17th November 2016

Funding is still available to councils under £25k turnover to apply for Government funding to assist you to comply with the requirements of the Transparency Code.  Even if you have received funding last year, further funding is available this year.  We do not want you to miss out so please contact SALC where Gail will be able to assist you. 


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