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19th February 2019

Following a year long parliamentary enquiry into ethical standards in local government, a report from the Committee of Standards in Public Life has made formal (requiring legislation) and best practice recommendations for changes to be made on ethical standards in local government, full report available on their website

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “NALC is fully committed to promoting and supporting the highest standards of conduct by local councillors and officers in the first tier of local government, which is increasingly playing a bigger role in communities including the delivery of public services and community facilities.

“Whilst the present regime is not fundamentally flawed, it does require some strengthening, therefore I am pleased the Committee on Standards in Public Life has listened to the concerns of NALC, county associations of local councils, and local councils themselves.




7th December 2018
3rd April 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the appropriate sum for parish councils for the purposes of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 ("the 1972 Act") for 2018-19 is £7.86.

This is the amount that results from increasing the amount of 2017-18 (£7.57) by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2016 and September 2017, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

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. Members can  download this publication from the NALC website,, or in the members area of our website.  The publication is available in hard copy to members at a cost of £4.20 per copy.



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