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The Local Government Association and the National Association for Local Councils will forge a new link to secure a ...
The Local Government Association and the National Association for Local Councils will forge a new link to secure a better future for local government at the NALC conference in Plymouth on Saturday.

Alison Clish-Green, chair of the LGA's rural commission and NALC chair Tony Hayward will sign a joint statement entitled, 'Securing Effective Relationships Between Principal Authorities and Local Councils in England'.

The statement has received long and careful consideration and was jointly agreed and fully backed by each association at senior member level. There is a mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each association and the foundations have been laid for future development and support for the government's democracy agenda.

Speaking before the conference Cllr Clish-Green said: 'NALC is one of the LGA's most important national partners as jointly we represent the whole of local government in England and Wales irrespective of size and type of authority. As a reflection of that, we strongly believe that our member authorities can now really work together as closely as possible in the interests of the communities we serve.

'At a national level the two associations are already working together within the spirit of the joint statement and I very much hope that our members will do the same. NALC and the LGA share essentially identical concerns as both seek proper consultation with communities to reflect their individual needs and aspirations. The joint statement is a confirmation of the LGA's and NALC's aim of securing a better future for local government.'
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