Become a Member

Membership is open to Town, Parish or Community Councils or Parish Meetings.  Being a Member gives your Councillors and Clerk direct access to a range of expert advice, support and services specifically for the Parish sector.  

Membership Benefits 2021/2022

For further information about joining your County Association please email

Code of Conduct 2021 Guidance

The Local Government Association have published supporting guidance which is aimed to help understanding and consistency of approach towards the new model code of conduct. The code, together with the guidance, has been designed to protect our democratic role, encourage good conduct, and safeguard the public’s trust and confidence in the role of councillor in local government.

Code of Conduct 2020 
Code of Conduct 2021 Guidance 


Section 137 limit for 2021-2022

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 is £8.41 per elector.

This is the amount as a result of increasing the amount of £8.32 for 2020-2021 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2019 and September 2020, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

Press release - On 4 May 2020 Companies House approved our incorporation as a company limited by guarantee, company number 12585308.

13 May 2020


CAPALC is now Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils Limited. On 4 May 2020 Companies House approved our incorporation as a company limited by guarantee, company number 12585308.

This means that CAPALC has a proper legal status that enables it to employ staff and enter into contracts. The former board members have become the directors of the new company and will be free to make decisions in the best interests of the company and its shareholders, without having to worry about personal liability.

Once our 2019-2020 accounts are finalised the old CAPALC will be wound up and all its interests transferred to CAPALC Ltd. This is likely to happen in the next month.

In practice this will make little difference to our operation and to our members. The main change for our members is that any theoretical liability is now capped at £1 which will be reserved from the membership subscription.

I would like to thank all our members for their support and look forward to providing new and better services.

Henry Clark


Update to LTN 31 Local Council General Powers - GPC & S137

On 14th May 2020, NALC published the updated version of LTN 31 Local Council General Powers. This LTN specifically deals with Section 137 and the General Power of Competence. The LTN clarifies the scope and nature of the legislation and the councils legal power to spend under each statutory power..

To download this essential document please log into NALC's Members Area where you will find it under the tab 'Legal Topic Notes'.

Financial Assistance to the Church

Click on the link below to read the most up to date information from NALC about parish/town councils considering offering financial assistance to the church

Financial Assistance to the Church

Temporary Reduction in VAT rate

There has been a temporary reduction in the rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions 5% Reduced Rate.

In response to the economic difficulties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC has announced a reduction in the rate of VAT to 5%, affecting hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions. The reduced rate covers the period from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021.

For the full briefing please go to the Members Area under Legal Advice & Templates.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace. 

How to support mental health at work publication

Village Survival Guide 2019

The Princes Countryside Fund has produced a 'Village Survival Guide' for 2019 which you can access by following the link below:

Village Survival Guide 



Neighbourhood Planning and Community Health and Wellbeing

Councils will recall the CIL Briefing sent out earlier this year by NALC Legal Services, and in line with neighbourhood planning, All Things Neighbourhood Planning consider that Councils could and should go one step further and this article looks to explore health and wellbeing through neighbourhood planning.