About us

Across Suffolk there are 372 town and parish councils and 56 parish meetings.  SALC is a not-for-profit organisation and for over 70 years it had been the go to organisation supporting the interests of local councils across the County. 

With a reputation for understanding the challenges of the sector and strong working relationships with clerks, officers and councillors, membership of SALC is more than an insurance policy it offers a trusted and reliable service tailored for the sector.

SALC is partly funded by membership subscriptions but this does not cover the full running costs.  Grants from Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council alongside a small income from additional services such as training, payroll and internal audit subsidises fees.

SALC is part of a network of 43 county associations across the UK and through SALC member councils join the National Association of Local Councils.

As a recognised representative for the sector, SALC is engaged with numerous stakeholders within the public sector and work closely with partners such as Community Action Suffolk and the Suffolk Community Foundation.  They are also members of the Collaborative Communities Board, support East Suffolk Council's Community Partnership Boards, work closely with community and locality teams at West Suffolk Council and Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Community Safety Partnerships.   

For councils by councils

SALC is governed by a simple Constitution and active councillors and clerks make up the Board.    All services, projects and involvement in county-wide initiatives have a clear link to SALC key priorities as detailed in the Business Plan. 

SALC Board

Made up of nominated representatives, the Board maintains SALC values, determines mission and identifies long-term objectives  

SALC Executive

Made up of area forum chairs, the Executive Committee oversees delivery of SALC priorities and objectives 

President and Vice Presidents