National Association of Local Councils

NALC is the only national body specialising in the work of local councils. We take an enthusiastic role in protecting and advancing the rights and interests of member councils in the Government, main political opposition parties, Parliament, in media, private, charity and other parts of the public sector.

NALC in Numbers:

  • 95% of all town and parish councils in England are NALC members
  • We represent the interests of 9,000 parish and town councils and 80,000 councilors
  • These councils provide employment for over 25,000 staff and their annual expenditure is in the region of £1 billion with over 16 million people (25% of the population) living in the communities they serve
  • Over 200 new councils created in past decade

The councils that we represent serve electorates ranging from small rural communities to major cities, and are all independently elected.

We provide support and advice to our members directly through a network of County Associations.

We are committed to developing the role of town and parish councils, so that they can represent their communities effectively and be at the forefront of community leadership