For background information on the Association please see our most recent Annual Report and OALC: A Brief History of the First Sixty Years.

A wide range of documents and publications is available to download from the Members Area of this website.. They cover the general backgound on local councils and parish meetings; Finance; Forms; Meetings & Decisions; Members; Parish Meetings; Powers and Staff.

Being a good employer 2016being a good employer

All town and parish councils are employers.

Therefore all councillors need to be aware of their responsibilities as an employer. All councils would benefit from having a separate Personnel or Staffing Committee to discuss matters such as the clerks’ annual appraisal and pay which should not be considered in public.

To help your council understand more about its employment responsibilities NALC has updated Being a Good Employer. It will be available to download free from the Members Area of our website after the middle of June 2016 or as a printed booklet from OALC cost £3 per copy + £1.20 p&p

The good councillor's guide 2017

GCG 2017

The good councillor's guide, 6th edition 2017 is available at £4 per printed copy + £1.20 p&p or free to download from the Members Area.

Prices quoted include discounts for member councils only: prices for non-members available from County Office.


The good councillor's guide to Neighbourhood Planning 2017


This guide is available to download for free from the Members Area of our website. We don't have any printed copies in the office. If we are overwhelmed with demand for printed copies we will order a box from NALC.


The good councillor's guide to finance and transparency 2017

This free booklet has three sections:

a. The financial management and responsibilities of a council including its sources of income, precepts, how it budgets, controls and accounts for its finances, for what it has the power to incur expenditure, borrowing and investment, governance and disclosure requirements, and the audit and accountability requirements for public funds.

b. The provisions of the statutory government Transparency Codes applicable to local councils, detailingwhat type and level of information that the councilis required to publish and make available.

c. A list of further publications and guides available for those seeking a more in depth understanding of a specific topic, and definitions of comoon terms and acronyms used in the guide.

We have limited numbers of this guide which is available free, one for each council. We must charge postage and packing (£1.20) per copy.


NALC produce a number of useful publications. Go to the Publications section of their website to see what booklets are available. The latest is Local Councils Explained, 2013.Local Councils Explained

It has over 200 pages which clearly explain the role of parish, town and community councils, their councillors and officers and how they work. It offers comprehensive and practical guidance about the legal issues that local councils are exposed to. This book will equip local councils with answers to frequently asked questions about all aspects of their work. The chapter headings are:

    1. The role of local councils
    2. Local councillors
    3. Local council staff
    4. Accountability to the public
    5. Working with others
    6. A committee structure
    7. Meetings
    8. Debate at meetings
    9. Chairing meetings
    10. Preparing for meetings
    11. After meetings

Local councils EXPLAINED is priced at £49.99 +P&P for members; £59.99 +P&P for non-members.

The order form is available here. Complete the form and send directly to NALC.



Local Councils wishing to apply for Public Works Loan Sanction should contact the OALC office for the relevant forms which are no longer available on the web site.




Last Updated: July 20, 2017