NALC successfully pilots national LCAS panel
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has successfully piloted a national panel for its Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS).
The pilot began in August 2019, which received four applications with all councils accredited the following:
- Dunham on Trent with Ragnall, Darlton and Fledborough Parish Council — Foundation Award
- Brixton Parish Council — Quality Award
- Stanton Parish Council — Quality Award
- Wokingham Without Parish Council — Foundation Award
Following the success of the pilot, preparations are underway to organise a second national pilot, with the intention that the panel will be officially rolled out, with assessments taking place on a triannual basis.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “With the growing demand for a national panel to be set up to enable more local councils to apply for this scheme, we are delighted with its success. We want to thank the councils, the panel and the many county associations who have brilliantly organised local panels in the past.
The panel included Caron Ballantyne (Dunham and District Parish Council), Cllr Gladwyn Gratton (Derbyshire Association of Local Councils), Gill Lungley (Worcestershire Association of Local Councils), Julie Lawes (Capel St Mary Parish Council), Mike Deegan (independent consultant), Cllr Mike Tew (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils), Sally Longmate (Suffolk Association Local Councils), and Wendy Amis (Derbyshire Association of Local Councils).
LCAS is a critical initiative that NALC runs to celebrate the success of local (parish and town) councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential.