Rishi Sunak MP standing in front of the houses of parliament with a big smile on his face

In a speech at NALC's Annual Conference, Rishi Sunak MP paid tribute to local (parish and town) councils and the “people who are dedicated to improving people’s lives every single day”.
Read the transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered

Cover of NALCs diversity publication showing a family with one member in a wheelchair

The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Diversity Commission new report finds local (parish and town) councils lack gender balance, ethnicity and youth.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that public toilets will receive new mandatory business rates relief, following an extensive and prolonged campaign to end the toilet tax by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Members of Parliament.

Road sign style warning saying 'Elections Ahead'

NALC have spotted that the Monday following the local council elections on Thursday 2 May next year (2019) falls on a bank holiday. This matters for establishing the date that councillors retire and new councillors assume office, that is, the fourth day after the ordinary day of election (s.16 (3) of the Local Government Act 1972).

We are pleased to announce that a new grant fund is now open to bids from WALC members.

The fund is limited to 20% of a project cost, and a maximum value of £8,000.

funding signpost

Great Western Railway are now welcoming bids to the next year of their Customer & Communities Improvement Fund.

stop sign with text BYE-LAWS in the centre

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has undertaken an exercise to bring model byelaws up-to-date including accompanying guidance.

There are no requirement for local (parish and town) councils to update their existing byelaws at this time. However, when councils decide to review, amend, or put in place new byelaws it is then necessary to use the updated model byelaws. NALC will be publishing a new legal topic note on this issue in due course.

Delivery boy entering village store with a red bread tray

A new report has been commissioned by the Princes Trust looking into issues affecting rural communities. Their findings make interesting reading and may help identify opportunities for communities to apply for grant funding for projects.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund wanted to understand how rural communities can be helped to be self-sufficient and viable into 2030 and beyond. This will assist the Fund to plan and deliver its future support to rural areas through grant giving, advocacy or enabling delivery. Through the process, it was hoped to identify case studies and examples of best practice, highlight key areas of opportunity for future policy consideration and make recommendations for rural communities to consider in order to ensure a resilient and sustainable future.

Warwickshire County Council logo - warwickshrie bear holding chained to a stake, white on green background

The Locality Working team at Warwickshire County Council is currently trying to build up a picture of community activity taking place across the county.

To do this, they are undertaking a mapping exercise to collate this information, which they will then be able to use to promote to the public, partners and internal teams within Warwickshire County Council all of the activities and services that communities offer. It will also help them to establish any particular gaps in services across the county and enable all tiers of local government to work better together to build stronger communities.

Forest

Solihull MBC are running a ‘free tree’ initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the rural character of Solihull in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

Shrewley

Both Chairman Paul Tilley and Councillor Will Morley-Brown have resigned from the Parish Council. We would like to thank them both for all their hard work and for their significant contribution to the Parish over the many years that they have served. They will both be missed.