What are local councils?
Local council is a universal term for parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve their electorates, are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). There are 362 parish councils in Devon, and 41 parish meetings (parishes without parish councils).
Who we are and what we do
The Devon Association of Local Councils has been serving local councils in Devon for over 65 years, providing advisory services to member councils with the support of the National Association of Local Councils.
Our members range from the smallest parish meetings, to the largest town councils. In fact, over 95% of parish councils are in membership.
We provide a wide range of support for our member councils including:
- Up-to-date advice and guidance by email and phone on request, with access to legal and financial advice via the National Association of Local Councils.
- Regular updates and information on local government matters via our website and regular e-newsletters. Including access to legal briefings, publications and toolkits on a wide range of topics.
- A training and events programme providing a range of opportunities for clerks and councillors to update their knowledge and skills to support the improvement and development of their councils.
- Being part of an organisation of mutually supportive councils, able to help one another, share issues and inspire each other, with regular opportunities to network and discuss topics of interest.
- Access to, and influence over, a national family of county associations and a national body (NALC), working together with a strong voice raising the profile of local councils and lobbying government on matters of interest to our sector.
How we work
In April 2020, DALC became a company limited by guarantee. The organisation is managed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for the operational management of the association.
The representative body of the association is our County Committee which is responsible for representing the views of our members, ensuring their views are heard when discussing policy matters, and assists in setting the strategic direction of our work. We also have national representation on NALC’s National Assembly.
Additionally, we work in partnership with principle authorities and a range of other organisations which support Devon’s communities, as well a range of commercial partners who provide specialist products and services for the sector.