Benefits of membership Advice
For small councils, membership of BALC can be an invaluable source of help and advice on legal, financial and procedural matters. BALC will respond to individual enquiries from the clerk or chairman. If complex legal matters are involved, the query will be forwarded to the team of solicitors at NALC. For larger councils there is Direct Access to NALC who have a service tailored to the needs of councils with an electorate of more than 6,000. BALC has an HR and Employment advisor which member councils can have access to as part of their membership. Regional and national links
Town and parish councils constitute the first tier of elected local government. BALC is part of a recognised network of county associations which come together in the South East Region County Associations Forum (SERCAF). Access to training
BALC offers training through the Berkshire County Training CIC. This training is specifically designed to meet the needs of town and parish councils and includes training for new councillors, chairmanship skills, finance, planning and a variety of other topics. Unitary authorities also offer some training, usually on the Code of Conduct. Please look at the Upcoming Events on the front page for training events and book on line to attend.
Membership of BALC provides access to email updates on central government initiatives, legislative changes, changes in pay scales and good practice. BALC provides access to the NALC Legal Topic Notes (apply to BALC for password) and reference documents on its own website. Through BALC your council receives the magazine Local Council Review and can subscribe to the Direct Information Service. Membership subscription is calculated on electorate.
If your Parish Council is interested in becoming a member and for further information please contact Jayne Kirk, County Executive Officer:
Telephone: 0118 9880 226.
Address: BALC, Wyvols Court, Basingstoke Road, Swallowfield, Berkshire RG7 1WY