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The Association of Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria

Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including town) councils of Cumbria, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England.

We offer members a resource of important, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

If you are part of a council which is a member of CALC, Log in to the members' area  for a wide range of advice and guidance, details of training and events and lots more.  Contact us if you are a member council but don't have login details.


Cumbria Action for Sustainability have asked us to promote  the Great Big Green Week (24th September - 2nd Oct). They are trying to encourage as many groups as possible to organise an activity to raise awareness of the impact of climate change etc., and to do something positive to tackle it. Please use this link to find out more information Host an event for Great Big Green Week - CAfS  If you would like to chat about your ideas, or would like more information about the project and how CAfS can help, please get in touch with

HELP THE PROPOSALS OUTLINED IN THE LOCAL ELECTRICITY BILL BECOME LAW Cumbria Association of Local Councils support the campaign to enable people to power their homes and businesses with local, clean, community-run energy schemes. The Local Electricity Bill was to be considered on Tuesday 28 April, however due to the current timetable restrictions, this has now been postponed. There is, however, a short window of  opportunity to have measures in the Local Electricity Bill such as empowering local communities to sell locally generated clean energy directly to local customers by establishing a statutory right to local supply, included in the governments 'Energy Security Bill' which will be the first major piece of proposed energy legislation in almost 10 years. The Energy Security Bill is due to be introduced before Parliament's summer recess starts on 21st July, i.e., within the next few weeks. If you would like to see these adjustments being made to the Energy Security Bill please write to your MP, to and ask him/her to write to the Energy Minister, asking that the government include a measure to enable community energy schemes, such as the one in the Local Electricity Bill, included in the Energy Security Bill.

Pay Scale update - We have been notified that the pay award from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 of a 1.75% increase has been agreed by the GMB and UNISON. Employers have been encouraged to pay this award to employees as soon as possible. NALC will circulate the revised pay scales for our sector later this week.  Although the overall increase generally is 1.75%, the first pay point has been increased to reflect the new national living wage rate.

Section 137 sum for 2022 - 2023 - The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 for parish and town councils in England for 2022-23 is £8.82 per elector. 
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Lake District National Park

CALC is a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership whose vision for the National Park is that it will be "An inspirational example of sustainable development in action".

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

CALC is a member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Visit this link to find out more.