The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a report on principal councils working with local councils entitled "A delivery framework to support parish and town councils".
The report presents a framework for principal councils looking to support local (parish and town) councils to play an increased role in local service delivery and place-shaping. While aimed at principal councils, the research was also steered by interviews and discussions with representatives of the local council sector.
NALC would be interested in your feedback on the report so please email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be discussing the report further with county association colleagues over the next few weeks and I am sure they in turn will want to be talking to their principal councils about it and using it to inform discussions about county deals and working together.