What is the association?

It is an organisation which represents Councillors in all types of Local Government and all political persuasions.
The Association is not only run for Councillors, it is also run by Councillors.

How did it start?

The Association was formed in London’s Caxton Hall in April 1959. With the help of a grant from the Nuffield Foundation, a pilot educational training scheme was undertaken in the West Riding of Yorkshire. This led in 1962 to the Association’s recognition by the then Minister for Housing and Local Government as an organisation to which Local Authorities could become subscribing members.

What are the objectives?

The objectives of the Association are set out in the constitution as follows:-

  1. To represent and further the interests of Members of Local Authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  2. To provide a forum for Elected Members to discuss items of common interest and exchange information and ideas.
  3. To initiate consideration of matters of interest to Elected Members and to disseminate information to Elected Members.
  4. To provide for the training and education of Elected Members.
  5. To consult with Central Government and the devolved centres of power on the enhancement of the status of Elected Members.

What does it do?

One of the Association’s main activities is the provision of study courses for Councillors. These are held in various parts of the country, and in most cases are held at weekends on a residential basis. There are reduced rates for Association members. The Association also provides a forum for Councillors to meet and discuss problems.  The Association makes known its views publicly on matters which directly affect the Councillor such as decision making structures, the management of authorities, constitutional and financial matters and the provision of allowances and support services for councillors.  Bespoke Training packages for Councillors are also available (see training page}.

How is the association run?

The National Association is split into Four regions which are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Each region/branch appoints its own officers and organises its own activities within national guidelines. The main policy-making body of the National Association is the General Management Committee which consists of representatives of the Corporate Member authorities and the regions. The General Management Committee meets four times a year, in various locations throughout the UK. The day-to-day running of the National Association is dealt with by an Executive Committee which consists of representatives from the regions in proportion to the number of Corporate Members.

The Head Office is situated within the Local Authority of the National Secretary, at the present time in Durham.

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