Our Services

Members of Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils (OALC) receive the following services :-



Members can become more closely involved in issues that impact on all local councils in the county. OALC can lobby on issues raised by individual member councils through the national structures of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). OALC’s representational role is reinforced because of the overwhelming majority of local councils who are in membership (92%).

OALC has representatives on most of the successors to the local strategic partnerships and other groups in Oxfordshire. If your Council wishes to find out more about their work or raise an issue through the OALC representative, please contact the OALC office.


Information and Advice

Information and advice on a wide range of issues is available through the OALC office by telephone, email or post. We also produce regular monthly Updates which are sent to member councils. These cover Association news, information on key legislation, government proposals, White Papers and other proposals which may affect local councils, local news and key national and local publications. Updates for the past year can be found in the Members Area of the website.

OALC also has an Employment/HR adviser, Bethan Osborne who is available to help member councils with employment issues. We have a financial adviser, Steve Parkinson, who can assit councils with VAT and other financial matters. Please contact OALC if you would like their specialist advice and we will put your council in touch. If the concern requires more in depth advice we may ask your council to contract direct with Bethan or Steve.

Membership of OALC also provides access to the services of NALC, including a wide range of legal topic notes and briefings, as well as legal advice on individual cases.


Training opportunities

OALC run a range of training and development activities and events for both councillors and council clerks with our partners in the Oxfordshire Partnership for Local Councils. This includes the county and district councils, Community First Oxfordshire and the Society of Local Council Clerks.

Go to the Events page for details and booking forms.

Feedback from recent courses -

  • Very helpful – always good to have updated best practice, there’s always something else to learn
  • Speaker could answer all questions extremely well and in a way we could understand easily. Content given in an interesting, knowledgeable and humorous manner. Very enjoyable seminar.
  • Best training event I’ve been to!


Other Services

We also appraise applications for Public Works Loan Board Sanction and promote the Local Council Award scheme which has replaced the Quality Council scheme.

For a list of upcoming training courses please visit our Events page.

For a list of the documents we can provide please visit our Publications page.

Page Last updated: July 17, 2017