The Essex Association of Local Councils
The Essex Association of Local Councils is a member led organisation which supports and serves the Town & Parish Council’s of Essex. We provide tailored training and educational courses to Council Chairs, Councillors and Clerks on a variety of different topics. We also offer professional legal support to member Council’s and referral to Vine HR, Essex Legal Services and the National Association of Local Councils.
To meet the challenges presented throughout the year, the EALC also work hard to keep the membership informed of what is happening in and around the County. Consequently, we send out various publications, bulletins and updates which range from the comprehensive e-Bulletin to Essex Police Engagements and Job Vacancies to name a few. We are particularly proud of our principle publication: The Weekly Walk Through which acts as a directory for everything that’s happening within the Association.
The EALC also administer a number of grants and community funds which are awarded to applicants in aid of various local programmes and charitable initiatives. We have also recently re-launched Essex County Council’s Emergency Foodbank Fund. This provides vital new funds to the foodbanks most affected by the adversity of the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicants can apply for up to £500 per project (please see the Emergency Foodbank Grant page).
In addition, the Essex County Association leads the way nationally, achieving the most awards in the Country, with Essex, increasing its lead to 58 as Gloucestershire’s total stands at 30 and the next closest being Norfolk with 25. The interest in the Local Council Awards scheme by Parish & Town Councils continues to grow with five Councils already gaining accreditations this year, and a further 10 who have registered their interest with the NALC and the EALC.
The EALC continue to thrive, and gain national recognition as one of the nation’s strongest Associations. This is reflected in our 100% membership of Essex's Town & Parish Councils.
The EALC office will close at the end of business on 24th December and re-open after the Christmas break on 4th January 2021. The phone will therefore not be answered over this time, and non-urgent emails will be responded to from 4th January.
The Essex Association of Local Councils would like to thank Essex County Council for their continued support of, and financial commitment to our activities and services in the parish sector of Essex.