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What CALC does

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Advice and support

  • We are here to advise about law and procedure – and any other issues as far as we are able. The office is open four days a week Monday to Thursday, there is an answering machine if the office is unoccupied and we are available by email. 
  • We publish good practice guides on many subjects on the members’ pages of the CALC web site. Member councils also have access to the members’ pages of the National Association of Local Councils’ web site which publishes legal topic notes on a great many subjects.
  • Member councils have free access to NALC’s legal team for specialist advice, which is not available elsewhere. Larger councils have direct access, smaller councils go through CALC.
  • Jenny Maturi, CALC’s Development Officer, gives one to one support where required
  • Jenny has also written ‘The Clerk’s Companion’ and the Councillors Companion, the simplest possible guides to the clerk’s and councillors responsibilities, only available to member councils.


  • We send a weekly electronic newsletter to all member councils – the ‘CALC Update’ - to circulate up to date information, including local news, events and vacancies, and national information from NALC.
  • We produce information leaflets from time to time.


  • We provide programmes of training for councillors.
  • Clerks of member councils who are studying for the Certificate in Local Council Administration are invited to attend CiLCA support group meetings. We give guidance on making the submission, based on the National Training Strategy guide and guidance issued by the national evaluation panel. 

Clerks’ Gatherings

  • We hold networking meetings for clerks, usually inviting a guest speaker on a topical subject

Governance and representation

  • Each member council is invited to send delegates to one of the four area meetings. These meet quarterly, and usually invite a guest speaker. Any council can have items which concern them included in the agenda. Area meetings appoint members to the Executive Committee and to external organisations such as the local strategic partnership. Larger councils directly appoint a representative to the Executive Committee
  • The Executive Committee meets quarterly, and oversees the management of the Association. It agrees the annual budget, and sets the subscription level.
  • A member of the Executive Committee is appointed to serve on the NALC national council, and the committee also sends representatives to the NALC AGM.
  • NALC is based in London, and represents parish and town councils to Government.


  • The subscription is made up of two elements – the CALC service charge and the NALC affiliation fee. CALC collects the latter on behalf of NALC and pays it over to them.




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Phone: 07759 171030

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The South Worcestershire Development Plan and Neighbourhood Plans

More than 30 parish and town councils in South Worcestershire have either completed a neighbourhood plan or have one in preparation. But it is not yet clear how much influence these will have on the new South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP2), now being prepared by a Joint Planning Team from Worcester City Council and Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Councils. A major aim of the SWDP2, as with its predecessor, is to allocate sites for new dwellings to meet the targets for ‘housing need’ determined by central Government. It is therefore important that parish and town councils play a major part in shaping the SWDP2 to protect the character of our communities and to ensure that any new housing meets the needs of local people.

Martley Parish Council would like to hear from other parish and town councils in South Worcestershire who either have a neighbourhood plan or are developing one. In particular, we would like to call a meeting to discuss a common approach to the Joint Planning Team which is developing the SWDP2. Please contact Michelle Alexander, Parish Clerk at clerk@martley-pc.org.uk.