The County Durham Association of Local Councils (CDALC) hopes you find this website to be informative and useful. As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from members of the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website. We are not a statutory body and have no powers or duties to intervene in the operation of individual councils.
The Association is owned and run by its member councils with a County Executive Committee acting as the representative body for all parish councils in the Association area. CDALC is constituted to support local councils and parish meetings in the delivery of services to their communities. It aims to:
- Provide a quality service to member councils including administrative, legal, financial and procedural advice
- Provide quality training for clerks and councillors
- Represent the voice of parish councils in policy decisions
- Achieve 100% membership of the Association
- Provide partnership working with Durham County Council and other organisations such as Police, Fire, NHS
- provide partnership working with other community groups
There are 104 parish and town council in County Durham of which 102 (98%) are in membership of the Association In addition there are five parish meetings in membership of the Association. There are 24 parish meetings in County Durham.
In other areas of the region we also have Association member parish and town councils from Sunderland City Council (1 council), Gateshead Borough Council (1 council) and Darlington Borough Council (2 councils).
Training for parish councillors and clerks is provided through the County Durham and Cleveland County Training Partnership (CTP) which is a partnership arrangement between the following bodies:
- The County Associations of Cleveland and County Durham
- Durham Community Action
- Tees Valley Rural Community Council
- Durham County Council
- The Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC)
CDALC provides administrative support for the County Training Partnership.
Parish Councils are able to obtain one of three levels of the newly introduced Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS). The three levels of achievement are Foundation, Quality or Quality Gold.
CDALC provides the secretariat for the County Durham LCAS awards.
Elections 6 May 2021
Parish and Town Council Elections in County Durham – Thursday 6th May 2021.
For more information including election notices please visit Durham County Council’s Elections Notices page.
Forthcoming training events
Training is being delivered by Zoom for the forseeable future..
For more information and to book email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 137 Limit for 2020/21
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has released details of the appropriate sum for Section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act). For parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 is £8.41 per elector.
None at present but we will add them as they occur.
If you are interested in getting involved with your local parish council please check with your local council clerk to see if there are any councillor vacancies.
The next ordinary elections for parish and town councils is scheduled to be in May 2021 (see Latest News above) when all parish and town council seats are contested. You can stand for election by filling in the appropriate form and get it signed by a proposer and seconder from within the parish area or ward (if warded).
Following the election all vacancies may not be filled. If the council is quorate then the elected councillors can co-opt other members to the vacant positions.
During the next few years casual vacancies will also arise from time to time due to resignations, deaths etc., there may well be vacancies on your local parish council right now. Sometimes you will not have to go through an election process and you can be co-opted onto the council.
If you want to find out more about how you can become a councillor or clerk, or just want to find out more about parish councils in general then please see our Parish Councils and Get Involved pages to find all the information you need.
Public Participation at Meetings
The Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 gives members of the press and public the power to attend parish council meetings but it does not give them express rights to speak at meetings. Parish and Town councils do of course like to hear from their residents and welcome members of the public to attend and speak at their meetings.
Good practice dictates that public participation should form part of every parish councils agenda. The length of time the public can speak is determined by each council.
If you wish to speak at your local parish council meeting please look out for the council agenda which should be posted in a conspicuous place within your parish or take a look at your councils website if they have one. If this is not available please contact your local council clerk. You can use the Locate a Parish link at the top of this page to find out details of your parish or town council.
New powers now make it possible to film and record meetings but you cannot talk/narrate your recording at parish council meetings.