The 12th edition of the Charles Arnold Baker  publication is now available to order.

Please contact Lindsey at the LALC Office if you wish to order a copy and confirm the current price  (£119.99 plus postage of £7 as at Nov 2020).

Local Councils EXPLAINED  is NALC’s reference book for local councils in England and Wales, published in October 2013.  THIS BOOK IS NO LONGER  PUBLISHED OR AVAILABLE.

To view/download other documents, please click the links below.

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The Good Councillor’s Guides


Good Councillors guide on finance and transparency – 2018

The Good Councillors Guide to Transport-Planning

The Good Councillors guide 2018




Governance and Accountability

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England 2019 Sections 1-5 for publication

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England 2019 Summary of Changes

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England Practitioners Guide 2020 (1)

SAAA Report_on_results_of_auditors_work_2019-20

JPAG practitioners-guide-2021


Accounting for COVID-19 related matters in the AGAR for 2020-21

LALC Knowledge bank fact sheets

Recruitment December 2021

Precept December 2021

Other useful documents

Acas appraisal guidance


All About Local Councils 

Annual PC Meeting v Annual Parish Meeting

Centre for Social Justice Pillars-of-Community June 2021

Diversity-in-local-councils-in-2018 (1)

F02-16 New Audit Arrangements[2]

Good Practice Guide on Wind Turbine Noise May 2013



Memorials- FAQs re statutory guidance

Managing Safety in Burial Grounds


One Community v04. – A guide to partnership working1


Points of Light 2021

S.17 Crime and Disorder Act 1998

SI 637 – Neighbourhood Planning Regulations

Surveillance Camera Code of Practice_2013

Town and Village Greens – DEFRA factsheet

VAT notice 749


NALC What can local councils do on climate change?