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    Promoting and developing the work of local councils at district, regional and national levels.

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    Providing a comprehensive schedule to equip individuals and councils.

Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

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

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

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website. Please do not contact us directly unless you are a member.

Latest News

External Audit Submission Deadline

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:50 by Wendy Amis

We have been made aware today that just 75% of councils across Derbyshire have submitted their AGAR (Annual Governance and Accountability Return) to date. This is already 2 weeks beyond the submission deadline and we have been asked to inform you that any councils that have not sent in their submission, or are in receipt of confirmation of an extended deeadline from PKF Littlejohn, by Monday 15th July then they will be issued with a reminder letter at a cost of £40 plus VAT. More »

Please ensure that you complete your submissions and ensure that you have received an acknowledgement of your submission. » Less

DALC Excellence Awards Year 2 launch

Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:56 by Wendy Amis

YES, it's that time of year again! Following on from the success of our very first Excellence Awards in 2018, we're now inviting entries for this year's competition.

So… have you made a difference to your local community?

Has your council done work to be proud of?

Does your clerk or councillor go the extra mile to do a great job?

If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above, you need to send us a nomination. More »

The 2019 Awards, again sponsored by BHIB, are aimed at highlighting the outstanding work done by Derbyshire's councils, councillors and clerks.

There are three categories; Councillor of the Year, Clerk of the Year, and Council of the Year.

Last year's winners of the BHIB Council of the Year award – Ripley Town Council – described their win as 'a wonderful boost for the whole town.'

Clerk Linda McCormick said: 'The DALC Excellence Award was something our whole community could take pride in. We had lots of compliments locally, and it really felt like the community came together to enjoy the accolade.

'We're so glad we made the effort to put in an entry.'

For 2019 nominations, the entry system couldn't be simpler – just email DALC with details, explaining in 250 words or less why your nominee deserves an award. Last year, we had entries that included details of innovative fundraising ideas, renovation projects, trouble-shooting skills, and healthy-living initiatives.

Entries are invited from everyone associated with a local council, as well as members of the public. Our judges will draw up a list of potential winners and request more info if needed.

DALC's chief executive Wendy Amis said: 'Building on the success of last year's awards, we're again determined to highlight the fantastic work done at local level across Derbyshire.

'We were delighted to get good-quality entries in all our categories last year, and we're aiming to repeat that in 2019. Much of the work done at local level doesn't get the recognition it deserves, so our Excellence Awards help redress the balance.'

Winners and runners up will be announced at DALC's AGM on October 22nd, and will each receive a framed certificate and county-wide recognition for their hard work via local media press releases and photos.

Entries close on 6th of September, and winners will be invited to attend the DALC AGM to collect their award.

Eligibility: Councillor of the Year – the entrant must be an elected or co-opted DALC Member Parish or Town Councillor in 2019. Council of the Year (DALC Member) – the nomination must refer to work carried out from 2018 onwards. Clerk of the Year – the nominee must be a DALC Member parish or town council clerk in 2019.

Nominations are invited from any Derbyshire resident, Councillor, clerk or council – in a summary of 250 words of less, to awards@derbyshirealc.gov.uk » Less

Circular 2019-07 is now available

Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:54 by Wendy Amis

With information on:

- DALC Excellence Awards – Year 2
• Community Organising Training – change of date
• Summary of House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Rural Economy
• Town and Parish Council VE Day 75 – 8 May 2020
• Use of the Council Seal
• Councillor Essential Training Course – 3 July 2019