The Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is a membership organisation run by local councils for the benefit of local councils. It aims to assist councils in their day-to-day work and to represent their interests. It is open to all Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria.
CALC advises, guides and represents local councils - the tier of government closest to the electorate.
The objectives of the Association shall be:
to protect, represent and promote the interests of local councils in Cumbria
to promote good local government and assist local councils in the performance of their duties
to promote the interest and participation of the general public in the work of local councils
to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of all communities in Cumbria through the activities of local councils.
CALC has an Executive Committee and a Chief Officer, Samantha Bagshaw, supported by Parish Development Officer, Sonia Hutchinson and three Parish Liaison Officers. All posts are part-time. The main Association office is in Penrith.