As you know, Census Day is March 21. It is getting close and we need to ensure everyone completes their questionnaires.  Due to Covid restrictions and in the absence of communal gatherings, census completion will have to rely on 'on-the-ground' contacts - trusted individuals - to support those who might not be able to complete the census without help. 

Please circulate any information on Census2021 within newsletters you send out and on any social media platforms you use.


NALC Chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has written an open letter to Councils and Councillors. Sue's letter recognises and applauds how our sector stepped up in 2020 and reflects on the vital role we have as the first tier of government in embedding democratic values across the country. It also highlights our huge potential to support the country emerge from the horrid times we have faced and build back better, stronger communities. NALC urge you to discuss this letter with your colleagues and your council, and consider how you can best respond to the challenges Sue poses.

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Brexit Implications for Sector

The NALC Legal Team have produced a briefing focussing on relevant sector changes post Brexit including procurement, data protection, donations, parish polls and easements. Updates to the Legal Topic Notes for charity law and policing will be forthcoming.

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The County Councils’ Network (CCN) have published their Reversing the decline of county buses report on their inquiry into rural bus decline, referencing NALC’s written evidence and picking up a number of points they raised. The report includes new analysis estimating the decline in financial resources for local buses and usage since 2009/10.

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A 2020 Year Review from Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Also included, details of

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NALC has launched The Good Councillor's guide to community business, in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and Power to Change.

The guide for parish, town and community councillors sets out the principles of what a community business is and help local (parish and town) councils to consider whether this form of business could be appropriate in their community.

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Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to hear from the public about the future of policing in the county, as he launches a major new consultation ahead of deciding how funding should be prioritised in the year ahead.

The ‘Your Police, Your Views’ survey aims to get opinions from all parts of Warwickshire on how local people feel money should be spent on policing and community safety, including what types of initiatives should be financed through grants and commissioned services.

On 25th November 2020, prior to the business of the WALC AGM, Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) gave a talk on the next steps for local councils in building stronger communities entitled "Localism on Steroids!"  A question and answer session followed.

We recorded this session which can be viewed below and you can view the presentation slides here Localism on Steroids! a presentation with Jonathan Owen

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As a result of a Community Grant from WALC and the efforts of local residents, Little Wolford Parish Meeting have not just achieved their fundraising target, but exceeded it. This week, a village defibrillator has been installed.


 The 71st Annual Report of the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils for 2019/2020 

WALC are working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council to encourage local Councils in Warwickshire to use and adapt the contents of a weekly Covid Support newsletter. By sharing these messages across Council platforms with their residents, important information about support for vulnerable people can reach or be amplified to as many community groups and individuals as possible.

Sign up to the weekly newsletters and view past issues here.

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Warwick District Council is encouraging residents to ‘light up the district’ by switching their Christmas lights on at home this year in tandem with the town centres. The first ever virtual light switch-on event is set to take place on Friday 27 November 2020 at 6pm.