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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.


Dear Parish Clerk, Cumberland Council is asking for your views to help shape the first climate and nature strategy which reflects the priorities in the Council Plan.  Drawing on insights from previous work and existing programmes Cumberland Council has prepared a Climate and Nature draft strategy. Building on the success of the Community Panels the council is connecting the Climate and Nature draft strategy to this format, which will provide an opportunity to link actions to the places that matter most to our communities, their neighbourhoods, villages, and towns. So far, the panels have offered over £40,000 in funding to organisations for projects that will make a difference to climate and nature by:

  • Improving access and biodiversity
  • Providing outdoor learning sessions and community activities
  • Providing energy efficiency measures in community buildings and supporting community hubs
  • Protecting and conserving red squirrels
  • Enabling a future play area and community orchard
  • Supporting a safe cycleway and cycle parking
  • Providing healthy lunches in warm spots during winter months
  • Providing gardening and cooking equipment for community groups

In addition, much work and strong support has been given to the Towns Fund works of Cleator Moor and Millom which have important elements that improve the environment and health of people in the area. To help have your say on the draft strategy, please complete the online survey, which will take approximately five minutes and it is open now, and will close on Monday 20 May at noon.

Note for Clerks - The Safeguarding Policy can be found on the Policy and Procedures template page in the Members section of this website Policy and Procedure Templates

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new employment briefing on the national salary pay scales for clerks and other employees employed under the terms of the model contract or Green Book terms. The briefing includes updated pay scales in line with the 2004 NALC and the Society of Local Council Clerks national agreement for the sector. These pay rates are applicable from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. Employers are encouraged to implement this pay award as swiftly as possible.

Section 137 sum for 2024 - 2025 - The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for local (parish and town) councils in England for 2024/25 is £10.81. The amount is a result of increasing the amount of £9.93 for 2023/24 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2022 and September 2023 under Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

Cumbria Association of Local Councils Ltd is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.  Registered number: 15107335
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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.