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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.


From 25 March 2020 the CALC office will be closed as staff will be working from home.  To speak to a CALC officer please use the mobile numbers below:

Sonia Hutchinson - Mob 07551 678497

Chris Shaw - Mob 07551 678521

Lesley Cooper - 01229 775492

The CALC office telephone number 01768 812663 is not currently being monitored.

If you have a query, please email CALC on but please be patient as it may take longer than usual to respond due to the high volume of queries.

Please follow the link below to read the Coronavirus guidance for parish and town councils issued by NALC 

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 2021 - 2022 - 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 2021-22 is £8.41 per elector. This is the amount as a result of increasing the amount of £8.32 for 2020-2021 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2019 and September 2020, 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.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

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