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Government announces new 6 month coronavirus rules - more to follow

The Prime Minister has just announced a new set of rules which he says the nation must follow for at least 6 months. These rules will inevitably affect parish councils directly.

More to follow.

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ACRE Publish Updated COVID-19 Village Hall Information & Resources

ACRE have published their latest guidance on operating community buildings during the current pandemic. They have also provided risk assessment templates for users and managers of such facilities. Click the respective links below.

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New Government Guidance - Social Gatherings

LRALC will be providing guidance on specific areas of interest for member councils in Friday's round robin but for now here are the newly re-issued guidance notes from government on the new rules.

Green Spaces here.

Council Buildings here.

Community Facilities...

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Government to Ban Public Gatherings of More Than 6 People

The Government has just this evening announced the introduction of a ban of gatherings above 6 people with some limited exceptions. See the BBC News item on the announcement here.

Although at this stage there is uncertainty about whether this ban will apply...

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New 2020-21 Pay Scales Issued by NALC

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today published a new employment briefing on the national salary pay scales for clerks and other employees employed under the terms of the model contract.

The briefing includes updated pay scales in line...

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NALC announce events to help communities go green

NALC has announced details for two events as part of the Rebuilding Communities online event series to help make communities greener.

The first event in partnership with The Woodland Trust, Leaders talk: Putting trees at the heart of your community, takes place...

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Local Government Pay Deal Agreed

LRALC understand that UNISON has voted to accept the pay offer by a two to one margin and similarly the GMB have accepted. While UNITE members voted by 70% to reject this offer, however in-line with the constitution of the National Joint Council (NJC), UNITE...

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Calling All Councils - New Version of Practitioners Guide Issued

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has published a new edition of the Practitioners' Guide (otherwise known as Governance and Accountability for Local Councils) and have also written a letter to practitioners' (e.g. clerks, internal auditors,...

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High street guru to speak at NALC online event series

Bill Grimsey (formerly of Iceland and Wickes) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Mr Grimsey will talk about his latest report Build, Back, Better, repairing the neglected social fabric of high...

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New report urges ‘fairer’ approach to devolution in county areas

A new report exploring the devolution agenda has concluded that government should provide substantive powers and budgets to county authorities and unitary councils urgently, to give them the best possible chance to address the economic impact of Coronavirus....

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NALC update re community facilities

NALC has updated its coronavirus information. This includes an update on community facilities. See the update below:

Community facilities

The government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities has been updated. These updates reflect changes...

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REMINDER - NALC Coronavirus Support Webpage

A reminder to member councils that our colleagues at NALC have pulled together resources produced by themselves, County Associations, Government, and a range of sector specialists/trade bodies on their Coronavirus Webpage.

It compiles a range of excellent guidance...

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Update from GOV.UK – COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

The government have published the following update which is relevant to parish and town councils:

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Page summary
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use...

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Corona Virus Job Retention Grant Scheme – Furlough Leave – Update

1 The New Kickstart Scheme

  • The government will fund six-month job placements with a minimum of 25 hours per week, through Universal Credit, for 350,000 young people aged 18 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Under the scheme, which will open for...
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NALC & SLCC supporting local councils to reopen playgrounds safely

A number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International...

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Government advises Parish Councils to continue meeting digitally

Government continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact, they should continue to do so. Where community facilities need to be used for physical meetings, these meetings should be managed within...

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Community Foundation Coronavirus Support Fund

In light of the news of a return to lockdown following a spike in Coronavirus cases in Leicester we wanted to make you aware that the Community Foundation's Coronavirus Support Fund is still open and accepting applications

The funders are keen to support charitable...

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Coronavirus - Multi-purpose community facilities guidance

The government produced guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities and guidance for the safe use of council buildings which include what activities can take place from 4 July and what practical steps can be taken to manage risks.

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Lockdown extended for Leicester

It has just been announced that Leicester is to enter an extended period of lockdown, with extra funding going to all principle authorities in Leicestershire to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate.

Schools will close and non-essential shops...

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Coronavirus - Guidance on Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

Up to date government guidance on the reopening of Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms can be found here.

The document predominantly provides guidance rather than requirements on how operators can approach the re-opening of facilities and it has a clear message that...

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