Benefits of Membership

YLCA will only give advice to parish and town councils and parish meetings in
membership of the Associations. Benefits of membership are:

  • Access to an adviser for procedural, technical and legal queries by telephone,
    e-mail or letter at any time during normal working hours. (The Associations have 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). (It is YLCA policy that a response to any enquiry will be sent within 15 working days of its receipt).
  • An element of the membership fee affiliates councils to the National
    Association of Local Councils and YLCA is able to access the services of the
    NALC Legal Team for more complex legal enquiries.
  • A regular news sheet ‘White Rose Update’ is sent to all members, which
    contains advice and information relevant to all parish and town councils and parish meetings.
  • Advice notes are prepared on specific topics and issues.
  • YLCA operates a system of branch meetings that allow councillors and clerks
    to come together three times per year to discuss issues of mutual interest and
    concern. The branches are also used as the electoral college for the
    Associations Joint Executive Board. There are 12 branches:

Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Leeds, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough,
Selby, South Pennine, South Yorkshire, Wakefield and York. 

The Joint Executive electoral system ensures that the Associations led and directed by representatives of member councils.

If your council is not a current member of YLCA but you want to know more including the membership fee, please speak to Joy Morgan our Administration Officer who will be able to give you further information.