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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.


CALC News

CORONAVIRUS NOTICE
CALC OFFICE CLOSURE AND CONTINUED SUPPORT TO MEMBER COUNCILS
From 25 March the CALC office will be closed as staff will be working from home.
The CALC telephone number is still in operation - to speak to a CALC Officer please call 01768 812 663.
If you have a query, please email CALC on office@calc.org.uk but please be patient as it may take longer than usual to respond due to the high volume of queries.

We are sorry to confirm that all training is cancelled for the foreseeable future, but we will be in touch with information as soon as possible.

Please follow the link below to read the Coronavirus guidance for parish and town councils issued by NALC and local guidance to communities from Cumbria County Council

Coronavirus - Updates for Town and Parish Councils

Please follow this link for updates.

NALC: New Model Code of Conduct Consultation 

Eighteen months after the Committee on Standards in Public Life reported to the Prime Minister on improving ethical standards in local government, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pleased to have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to take forward the recommendation to develop an updated national model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. This is an important measure NALC called for and proposed to the committee. The LGA is now consulting on the proposed national model member code of conduct, and NALC is urging all local (parish and town) councils and county associations of local councils to consider the proposed code and respond to the LGA to share their views. However, the report also recognised that current sanctions available to local authorities are insufficient, and NALC is also calling on the government to take urgent action to introduce the recommendation in the report for a new power for local authorities to suspend councillors for a period of up to six months. Failure to introduce this sanction alongside other measures will risk wider steps being taken to improve ethical standards, such as the model code of conduct and training for councillors and clerks, as being ineffective. Now more than ever, high standards of conduct in government at all levels are needed to protect the integrity of decision making, maintain public confidence and to safeguard local democracy. That is why NALC is also calling for the Committee on Standards in Public Life to publish a timetable for reviewing progress on the implementation of the report's wider recommendations and best practice to ensure this important issue continues to be a priority for action.

New guidance on website accessibility 

During the lockdown, I know many of you have likely been using online products and services more than ever before. So now more than ever having a local council website that is as accessible as possible is important. In order to help you, NALC has produced new guidance on how to comply with the website accessibility regulations that come into force in September this year.

Section 137 sum for 2020 - 2021 - 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 2020-21 is £8.32 per elector. This is the amount as a result of increasing the amount of £8.12 for 2019-2020 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2018 and September 2019, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1072 Act.

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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". Visit this linkthis external link will open in a new window to find out more.