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.


The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are effective from 25 May 2018. The introduction of the new legislation is NOT affected by Brexit. GDPR retains the existing legal principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 but updates it to take into account digital technology and current global working practices.

GDPR means that, on the whole, all organisations, large and small have to change the way they do things.  Many of the data protection concepts in the new regulations are unchanged from the introduction of the first act in 1984, but this new Act will move what was previously good practice into law.

Almost all local councils will be Data Controllers (even if all the data you hold is information on your employee) and will therefore have to register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and pay an annual fee - up to 55 - follow this link for more information 

All public authorities will have to appoint a Data Protection Officer. Please read the NALC guidance LO4-17 Getting Ready for GDPR and Appointing DPOs. Please visit the Members' Advice and Guidance section of the website for more information on preparing for GDPR under the section called 'General Data Protection Regulations 2018'

CALC has arranged two training sessions for members on GDPR delivered by an expert  in March. We are also considering ways of supporting our members with additional workshops to address issues you may have. If you are interested in the option of appointing an external Data Protection Officer on a contract basis, we can investigate the possibilities further and send out more information. Please email the office on

News on the new General Data Protection Regulations

Please follow the links below to find out more information on the new Data Protection Regulations that will come into force on 25th May 2018

PDF Data Protection Regulations document 1 - 60KB
PDF Data Protection Regulations document 2 - 52KB

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - March 2017

Attention all parish councils with an annual turnover of under 25,000 per annum.

You are required to comply with the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. Follow this link to see the list of documents that you must upload to your website. This requirement came into force in 2015. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the CALC office

Transparency Fund 2017/18 - Money Still Available, Please Apply!

NALC set up the Transparency Fund in 2015 with 4.8 million from DCLG. The money is to fund the purchase of laptops and scanners, building website, training and clerk's time for uploading the documents. Since July 2015, CALC has given out approximately 50,000 in grants to 53 parish councils across Cumbria.  However, 160 parish councils have not yet applied for funding. The fund closes in March 2018 and there will be no further funds available. If you have no yet applied to the fund, please do.

Funding is not just for laptops and scanners - but every parish council should have its own laptop and scanner and not rely on their current clerk's own computer. Funding is also for time and training and websites. 

If you would like to discuss any issues relating to Transparency please either ring on the number above or email on

Or you can consult the NALC Transparency Frequently Asked Questions page external link will open in a new window

The Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

The Lake District has joined iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.

CALC is one of the 25 organisations that make up the Lake District National Park Partnership who had put the bid together for UNESCO recognition in the cultural landscape category.

The Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, described the prestigious status as momentous and will bring great benefits for local communities, visitors, tourism, business and farming.

For more information, please follow the link below: external link will open in a new window

The Lake District National Park Partnership - Recruiting a Chairperson

The Partnership is recruiting a new Chairperson as Lord Clark is standing down after 10 years in the post.  If you are interested in the role, or know anyone who may be suitable, please look at the LDNPA recruitment pages at Lake District National Park Websitethis external link will open in a new window

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: external link will open in a new window

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.