The Association of Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in Cumbria

Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including town) councils of Cumbria, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England.

We offer members a resource of important, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

If you are part of a council which is a member of CALC, Log in to the members' area  for a wide range of advice and guidance, details of training and events and lots more.  Contact us if you are a member council but don't have login details.


CALC News

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - March 2017

South Lakeland District Council - Local Area Partnerships (LAP)

Section 137 Expenditure Announced for 2017 - 18

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has informed the NALC that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for local (parish and town) councils in England for 2017-18 is 7.57.

This is the amount that results from increasing the amount of 2016-17 (7.42) by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2015 and September 2016 (of 2.0%), in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, responded: "NALC welcomes this Government move to increase the level of Section 137 expenditure. This is important considering that Section 137 enables local parish and town councils to spend a limited amount of money for purposes for which they have no other specific statutory power. This will be a great benefit in delivering vital services for communities."

For more information please follow the link below:

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/769-increase-spending-for-local-councilsthis external link will open in a new window

Cumbria Floods Partnership Digital Plan

As we approach the anniversary of storms Desmond and Eva we would like to inform the public that the Environment Agency has been working to ensure all those communities affected by flooding last winter now have the same level of flood protection they had before December 2015.
 
To ensure people have access to the latest information on the Flood Action Plan we have launched an online, digital version today, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cumbria-flood-action-plan or directly via this link: http://bit.ly/2gocZs7this external link will open in a new window
This digital version has a wider reach than the paper version we printed earlier in the year, and can be updated in the future.  It is accessible via tablet and smartphones as well as laptop and desk top computers.
 
We would also like to remind residents how they can make themselves and businesses flood ready. It is important that you are prepared for flooding and we encourage you to take 3 simple steps:-
1.         Sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct to receive free flood warnings
2.         Know what to do when a flood warning is issued.  We encourage you have a personal flood plan for you and your family
3.         Keep an eye on the situation.  You can view at 5 day weather forecast and monitor river levels online.
 
All this information is available on our website www.gov.uk/floodthis external link will open in a new window or by ringing Floodline on 0345 988 1188

Meetings

CALC Executive Committee, Saturday 24th June 2017, 10.00am, Penrith Community Fire Station.
Allerdale District Association, Three tier meeting 11th May 2017 at Allhallows Community Centre, Fletchertown at 7pm. 
Carlisle District Association, Three tier meeting to be confirmed.
Copeland District Association, Three tier meeting 12th June 2017 at the Copeland Centre from 6.00pm
South Lakeland District Association, Thursday 15th June 2017, 7.00pm, Kendal Town Hall (SLDC Chamber) Annual Meeting. 
CALC 2017 AGM, Saturday 18th November 2017, 10.30am, at Carlisle Racecourse. 
Eden District Association, Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 7pm at Cumbria Fire & Rescue HQ, Penrith.  A three tier meeting hosted by Cumbria CC.

PDF Parish Precepts letter from Cllr Sue Baxter, Chairman of NALC - 389kb
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Lake District National Park

CALC is a member of the Lake District National Park Partnership whose vision for the National Park is that it will be "An inspirational example of sustainable development in action". Visit this linkthis external link will open in a new window to find out more.

Lake District World Heritage Bid - Support the National Park bid to become a UNESCO World Heritagethis external link will open in a new window site here.