We offer free services to our members including Legal Advice, on the ground support, HR advice and technical advice on planning matters.

Other services listed are offered at specially negotiated Member prices - please contact the providers directly.

On the Ground Support

  • Mentoring Service for new Clerks – to go through their role.
  • Assist with Procedural and Financial Matters – this can assist both the clerk and the Chairman.
  • Relationship Problems within Councils.
  • Provide guidance on health and safety issues.
  • Any other assistance which is best provided face to face.
  • Free desk top legal advice service

To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk

Free Initial Legal Advice

Wellers Hedleys Solicitors

Specialising in Parish, Town and Community councils for over 40 years. 

As part of WALC membership we have a retainer agreement with Wellers Hedleys for free initial legal advice on all aspects of Parish, Town and Community council business. 

  • Local Government procedures and practices
  • Governance
  • Common land
  • Footpaths & rights of way
  • Village greens
  • Charitable trusts
  • Cemeteries and burial grounds
  • Allotments
  • Acquisition, disposal, leases and transfer of community assets
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Judicial review
  • Employment matters

 To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.

Technical Planning Advice

Requests for WALC funding for the Planning Consultant are made by the Clerk after an agenda item has been approved and minuted for the cCouncil to resolve to make this request.

APS has a proven track record of public sector clients including several parish and town councils in Warwickshire.

  • Responses to planning applications.
  • Queries on Planning Authority Procedures.
  • Representing at public meetings.
  • Advising council representatives attending planning committees and hearings.
  • Negotiating with developers on behalf of the council.
  • Assistance with Neighbourhood Area Applications.
  • Assistance with Neighbourhood Development Plans.
  • Any other planning related matter.

To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.

HR Service

  • General Employment Law Advice.

  • Disciplinary and grievance matters.

  • Redundancy and restructuring.

  • Recruitment.

  • Local Government Terms and Conditions.

  • Coaching, mentoring and mediation on employment issues.

  • Appraisals, and performance management including capability issues.

  • Sickness and absence management including stress risk assessments.

  • HAY Job Evaluation.

To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.
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Introducing Astley Computers

Astley Computers was established in 2003 and started working with its first Parish Council in 2007.  It supplies Cloud Backup, Email Addresses, Domain names and Hosting.

Cloud Backup is a service where a copy of your data is backed up via software automatically to an offsite data centre. The Initial setup of the Cloud Backup software will be done remotely in less than 20 minutes. After setup, the backup will happen on a regular basis, backing your data up automatically.

Benefits of Cloud Backup service provided by Astley Computers:

  • Automatic secure encrypted Backups of your Parish Council files, using automatic dedicated software, which is stored in a secure and encrypted data centre off site
  • Set and forget the managed backup system. The Clerk doesn’t have to do anything, giving peace of mind that files are being backed up for you
  • Easy to restore your files in case of an emergency, i.e. fire or theft. This is also carried out by Astley Computers remotely at no extra charge.

The cost is £140 per year for the first 50gb of storage.  Astley Computers are currently offering a reduced cost of £120 per year for any Parish Council taking this service before 31st December 2022.

Astley Computers would be happy to discuss this or any other service on an individual basis.  All of these services are managed remotely.

Contact Steve Porter for more information, on 0116 2376691 / 07980 225385 or email support@astleycomputers.co.uk