Welcome to the ERNLLCA website


For details of current vacancies please see the vacancies page.






Please view ERNLLCA's new training programme on our training page

National Resilience Strategy Consultation

National Resilience Strategy Consultation to be completed by 27th September 2021.

BHIB - Insurance guide

The free guide - Insurance and Accounting for Councils – is designed to help new clerks and councillors understand the different types of insurance available to councils, as well as provide more information regarding the keeping of council accounts 

The Queens Platinum Jubilee - 2nd June 2022

 Please find the letter and press release regarding The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons. If you would like a copy of the guide to the beacons then please email

This could well be the last chain of beacons lit during The Queen’s reign, so we want to make it the largest and most dramatic the world has ever seen. We do hope therefore, that you will help us achieve this by taking part in lighting a beacon at 9.15pm on 2nd June next year. 

Tell us how your council is supporting young people

Is your local (parish and town) council doing fantastic work to support young people in the community? If so, let NALC know by completing the survey.

The survey will explore what local councils are currently doing to support young people in our communities and will help paint an accurate picture of what is truly happening in the local council sector. While also helping NALC to support local councils to help create thriving communities.

A key theme of NALC's work over the coming year will focus on young people as they are vital to the future of communities. The survey results will help collect case study examples that allow NALC to demonstrate the high calibre of work to stakeholders and government while also acting as a source of inspiration to other councils with similar interests.

Complete the survey



Click here for more info. 


NALC legal advice on holding meetings remotely

 NALC's Legal Team has issued advice on how councils can hold meetings without the council physically gathering.  



BHIB Councils Insurance has developed cybersecurity tips to help keep local councils and their staff to stay secure and keep online data safe. As well as advice on expectations of local councils regarding playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment.

Legal briefing

NALC has published a legal briefing, which gives guidance on the implications for local councils of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. This includes commentary on the prohibition on holding elections to fill casual vacancies until 6 May 2021.

Virtual meeting demonstration

Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils has created a video to demonstrate what a virtual meeting of (the fictional) Great Pipping Parish Council would look like in Zoom. It is a training video designed to show how a chairman would deal with councillors joining by computer and phone, declarations of interest, public participation and confidential items where members of the public and press are excluded.


If you do choose to use Zoom, there is a range of free information and training to help people use the platform which is definitely worth having a look at to help get you started. A recent update on the Zoom blog has been guidance on hosting public meetings including how to keep uninvited guests out of your meeting.


Our colleagues at Parkinson Associates have produced a fact sheet for those who may have to work from home during the present crisis.  It can be accessed here



If the Government declares an emergency and control measures are put in place limiting public gatherings, the problem will arise of how councils can meet to make decisions.  We await advice from NALC on this but many councils already have committees, and their powers could be reviewed and extended to include more in the way of agreeing expenditure.  This is a decision which the council has to make, a committee cannot extend its own powers.  Additionally councils are reminded that the Local Government Act 1972, section 101, allows a council to devolve most decision-making to the Clerk. Councils may wish to consider putting such a resolution in place for the duration of any emergency, should one be declared”

Clearly there are some decisions which can only be made by council e.g. agreeing the year-end accounts; agreeing the AGAR; applying for borrowing.  We await guidance from Government on how such matters can be handled. 

Councils will hold their annual council meetings in May, if these meetings cannot go ahead please remember that the current Chairman of the Council remains in that position until a new Chairman is elected. 

In the absence of a directive from Government, those councils with offices that are accessible by the public should consider if public access should remain in place. 

As regards ERNLLCA, all planned training events have been cancelled.  This will be kept under review but it seems unlikely that any training will be delivered for some time to come.  Our office is located in a public building and we have not been given any information about closure however we may have to stagger when staff are in the office to minimise contact between the team.  Obviously we will not be able to attend any meetings for the foreseeable future nor will we be able to receive visitors.  It is unlikely that the district committee meetings will go ahead. 

NALC has set up a Coronavirus page on its website 


Borrowing by parish and town councils

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated information and guidance on borrowing by councils.  Please refer to the Members page to access this information.

Councils which are not members of ERNLLCA should contact the Association at if they wish to borrow.  

About Us

The East Riding and Northern Lincolnshire Local Councils Association, known as ERNLLCA, is an independent body which supports parish and town councils in the North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. There is an equivalent organisation for each “shire county” area or equivalent in the country and all of these bodies, which are known as County Associations, join together as members of the National Association of Local Councils, or as it is more commonly known, NALC.

ERNLLCA (and its predecessor organisation, the Humberside Association of Parish and Town Councils) has been serving parish and town councils, and parish meetings, since 1974. In the years since there have been many changes to local government and the expectations placed on our tier of local government has grown and grown. ERNLLCA is a member organisation and its Officers cannot advise members of the public on matters relating to specific parish and town councils. If you have a query about an individual parish or town council you should contact the relevant Clerk or Chairman.

ERNLLCA is funded wholly by its members and does not receive any support from any of Principal Authorities or from the Government and exists purely for the benefit of its member parish and town councils. It works closely with Principal Authorities, Government Departments, Professional Bodies, Government Agencies and the Voluntary Sector to promote and support the work of member councils.

ERNLLCA operates a bottom-up approach to its governance. All member councils have the opportunity to meet 3 times a year through a system of District Committees. Each council may send any number of representatives to these meetings but only two may vote. Each District Committee elects representatives to serve on ERNLLCA’s Executive Committee and the Executive Committee elects a delegate to the meetings of the National Association of Local Councils. The current membership of the Executive Committee can be viewed in the Governance section of the members' pages.





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