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Norfolk Association of Local Councils (Norfolkalc) is a member based organisation and membership is open to all Parish Councils, Town Councils and Parish Meetings in Norfolk.

The Association protects and promotes the interests, rights, functions and privileges of members in the performance of their duties and seeks to promote and develop the social, cultural and recreational life of their areas. We also promote a widespread and well-informed interest in local government.We are the first point of contact for all member councils in need of free advice on legal, financial and procedural matters. Questions will be answered either by our staff or national specialists depending on the nature and complexity of the enquiry

The Association is an independent body. The Annual General Meeting formulates policy and provides guidance. The Executive Committee manages the Association, and is elected from councillors nominated by member councils in each district. The administration is undertaken by our staff. To contact us:
01603 638495

Repeal of s 150 (5) of the Local Government Act 1972

The LRO has been formally made by the Minister and came into force on March 13th.


Councils are reminded that:

1          Appendix 11 of Governance and Accountability for Local Councils in – A Practitioners’ Guide is now published on NALC’s website. This sets out proper practice guidance on making payments.

2          Every council that wishes to take advantage of it must formally put in place effective systems and arrangements compliant with proper practices before it seeks to abandon the two signature rule.

3          Councils must be aware that payments should still be under dual control

Please see new Financial Regulations (these are in the members section of this website) - here

Please see Governance and Accountability for Local Councils in – A Practitioners’ Guide - here
Appendix 1

Section 137 Expenditure: Limit For 2014/2015 

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the appropriate sum for the purposes of section 137(4) (a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) for parish and town councils in England for 2014/ 2015 is £7.20 per elector.


This is the amount that results from increasing the amount for 2013/ 2014(£6.98) by the percentage increase in the Retail Prices Index.

Standing Orders
Please see the new standing orders available in the members section - here

Good Councillors Guide - 4th Edition available here

 Whats next for Localism?

Audit Fees 2012-13 and onwards please click here

Code of Conduct 2012

All councils must adopt a new code of conduct by July 1st 2012 - for more details click here

For the latest information from Norfolk County Council on Public Rights of Way (PROW) Click here

Please note that the electronic annual return page on the Audit Commission's website has now gone live.  All small body practitioners now have the option to enter key data for the annual return online before printing off a copy (or copies) for members to review and approve. We hope that this will assist local councils, Internal Drainage Boards and small bodies in completing annual returns and their audit more efficiently by eliminating delays caused by address or postal errors. Bodies may, of course, continue to use the paper version of the annual return.


The Electronic Annual Return is available for download from the following page There are additional guidance notes on this page and links to each of the annual returns.



This electronic form of the Annual Return is to assist completion only - it does not allow for electronic submission as the hard copy requires a number of "live" signatures. 


 National Planning Policy Framework - details here
General Power of Competence- details here
Prayers at Council Meetings - details here

 Employment Contract available here
2015/16 Salary Scales available here

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Norfolk to receive email updates Click here


Section 137 Expenditure: Limit For 2012/2013


Section 137 Expenditure Limit for 2015/16  

 Published 11th December 2014.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has advised that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2015-16 is £7.36. This is the amount that results from increasing the amount of 2014-15 (£7.20) by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2013 and September 2014 (of 2.26%), in accordance with Schedule 12B to the Act.



Localism Bill - For details on the content
- click here


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