Benefits of Membership

BALC will only give advice to Parish and Town Councils in membership of the Association. The Benefits include:

  • Access to an advicer for procedural, technical and legal queries by telephone, e-mail or letter at any time during normal working hours. (The Association has a policy that advice will be given to the Proper Officer of the council (clerk) and to the Chairman of the Council if the query concerns the clerk or in exceptional circumstances where the clerk is not available and by prior arrangement). 
  • An element of the Membership fee affiliates councils to the National Association of Local Councils and BALC is able to access the services of the NALC Legal Team for more complex legal enquiries.
  • A regular e-newsletter is sent to all members which contains advice and information relevant to all Parish and Town Councils.
  • Advice notes are prepared on specific topics and issues. 

The BALC Executive Committee ensures that the Association is led and directed by representatives of member councils.

If your Council is not a current member of BALC and you would like to know more, including the membership fee, please call Jayne Kirk on 0118 9880 226.