Websites for Town and Parish Councils

What we do

We build websites to provide your council with a powerful tool:

  • to comply with regulation.
  • to be easy for your clerk to administer
  • to effectively and attractively publish articles, documents, notices, proposals, meeting agendas, minutes, consultations and much, much more.
  • to demonstrate to residents, employers, tourists and others your passion to shape a better place to live and to promote greater well being.
  • to help you follow regional and national best practice.
  • to encourage engagement in local democracy.

Websites for all town and parish councils

We provide a number of options to provide a start point for your website. The basic website will meet the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities and the other larger more complex websites meet the needs of a town or parish council wanting to go further than the Transparency Code to meet the ICO Model Publication Scheme or to complement the NALC Local Council Award Scheme. We will provide you with a customised website meeting all your needs fully populated with all your data  and can provide training for your clerk or administrators.  

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A Design Approach For Smaller Parish Councils

This design approach meets the regulatory needs of a smaller parish council especially parish councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 but this will equally meet the needs of many parish councils above this threshold.

Key Benefits:

  •  meets the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Freedom Of Information Design Approach

A design approach for town and parish councils with up to £200,000 annual turnover based on the
freedom of information rules for public authorities.

Key Benefits:

  • meets the freedom of information publication requirements
  • meets the transparency code for smaller authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Foundation Award Design Approach

A more extensive design approach for councils working toward the NALC Local Council Foundation Award.

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the NALC Foundation Award including: action plan, progress reporting, consultation documents, policies and procedures.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Quality Award Design Approach

An even broader approach to align with the Quality Award scheme requirements (including the Foundation Award)

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the Foundation Award and in addition the Quality Award  which includes additional information requirements from community engagement planning and reporting to internal management policies.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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Quality Gold Award Design Approach

Our design approach to complement the top Quality Gold Award of the NALC Local Councils Award Scheme

Key Benefits:

  • Demonstrate compliance withe the top Quality Gold Award with a website complementing the regulatory and award scheme requirements to provide corporate style performance management and delivery of council services while maximising the prioritised benefits for the community based on the community driven objectives. 
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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Easily meet regulatory requirements

From the Transparency Code to the publication scheme for the Freedom of Information, the legal requirements to publish information are easily met via a website.
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Modern Professional Style

A modern attractive website provides a visual cue toward a new direction in local government of localism, openness and community engagement.
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Easy Administration

Our websites are flexible and easy to administer. The skills required are of similar to using a word processor.
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Standards Compliant

Our websites conform to modern web standards and meet UK Government standards for local government websites.
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National Improvement Strategy

Our websites are designed to support the development of your council to achieve the quality standards set by the NALC Local Council Award Scheme.

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Ready To Grow With You

Our websites are designed to be flexible and scalable growing to meet your needs with enhancements from us or “do it yourself”.

Supporting The Local Council Award Scheme

If you have chosen to participate in the NALC Local Government Award Scheme to achieve the Foundation Award, the Quality Award or the Quality Gold Award we would be very pleased to support you on that journey with a website designed to help you demonstrate achievement of the criteria.

Raising The Standard

The Local Council Award Scheme ( “Raising The Standard”) is one of the three pillars of the National Improvement Strategy which are:

  • Raising the Standard
  • Professional Development
  • Democratic Leadership

Of these three, “Raising The Standard” (the local council award scheme)  encompasses elements of the other two:

  • commit to professional development of staff and record the training of councillors and
  • ensure that two thirds of the council is elected rather than co-opted.

and so this award scheme can operate as the driving force for the whole National Improvement Strategy for local councils.

Using A Website To Demonstrate Compliance With The Quality Standards 

We design our websites to support the best practice standards of the Local Council Award Scheme. This provides a structure for publishing evidence of the council complying with the  requirements of the awards scheme and the structure for displaying ongoing compliance.

Fully publishing the intentions and actions of the council in a clearly structured and searchable website gives a public commitment to the objectives, activities and achievements of the council that can be clearly understood, and monitored by the community.

We believe that a public website to structure, cross-reference and publish the clear intentions information keeps this committment on the radar for the council and the public and it becomes the cornerstone of “raising the standard”, both incentivising and demonstrating efficiency, transparency and accountability.

Websites bursting with information

As you develop the ambitions and activities of your council,  meet new regulatory requirements and meet local council quality standards  you will multiply the volume of information held by the council. All these documents are potential targets for Freedom of Information requests, so why not prempt the requests and publish them on your website?

A website designed with your needs in mind can cross-reference related content and provide clarity for residents and councillors alike through a clear and consistent structure.

Regulatory Requirements

Meet the regulatory requirements for published information prescribed by the Local Government Acts, the Transparency Codes, the Freedom of Information and many more.

Council Activities

Publish details of your activities e.g. from the neighbourhood plan development  and planning application reviews to the improvements to street lighting, new bus shelters, community bus trial, traffic calming, grants to community groups etc. as applicable.

Community Engagement

Use the new website as a focal point for gathering community wish lists, consultations on proposals, easily conduct online polls on community topics, easily set up an online newsletter to complement or replace a printed version.

Core Features

Easy to Administer

Add bulletins and news  as easily as writing a letter. Upload a document, select the relevant category and the document will appear in the right places on your website.

Images and Photos

Add photos and predefined layouts for attractive and engaging content.

Drag and Drop

Easy to use page editor enables dragging and dropping of elements of the page layout.

Automatic Backup

Automatic daily backups of your website to enterprise class data centres providing piece of mind in case of corruption or data loss.
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Government Standards' Compliance

Websites meeting UK Government standards for local government websites.
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Full User Guide and Support Desk

Our websites come with training, a full user guide and a help desk so whatever happens you won’t be stuck with a website that you don’t know how to use if you have a change of staff.

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