Parish Councils and Pension Auto Enrolment - Don't Get Fined!

LRALC have been alarmed to discover that there are still local councils who believe that pension auto-enrolment does not impact on them as they have no employees for whom they had a duty to auto-enrol.

Employers (even small and micro employers, which many local ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

BBC Panorama - "Living With Cuts"

All those involved with parish and town councils should find tonight's Panorama of interest, dealing as it does with principal authority and police funding reductions, and the subsequent devolution of services to communities.

The show can be viewed here for 30 ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Local Council Expo

A major new one day EXPO for the Local Council Sector will be held near Birmingham on 9 September 2016.

It aims to provide an opportunity for Clerks and Councillors to see the complete range of products and services that a Council might need, all in one place. If you will be looking for a ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

New NALC Transparency Fund Take-up Guide

The Smaller Authorities' Transparency Code came into force on 1 April 2015 and requires the on-line publication of certain information to provide taxpayers with a clear picture of their local authority. It will improve the ability of communities to hold local public bodies to account. The Government ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

NALC and SLCC Salary Scales 2016-18

LRALC informed all member councils of the newly issued NALC/SLCC pay scales (and the associated NALC briefing) via our last Newsletter and a recent round robin.

However, it is clear some councils still have not applied the newly issued pay scales (where they are ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Leicestershire County Council Annual Parish Council Liaison Event July 11th 2016 - Presentations

The presentations and other materials from the LCC event on the 11th July 2016 can be found below.

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Cancellation of Councillor Training 12th July 2016

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Councillor Training planned for this evening (12th July 2016) is cancelled. If you have delegates booked to attend please inform them as soon as possible. The LRALC office will also be contacting those parishes concerned ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Practitioners' Guide 2016 - complete guide now available

On 28 June 2016 JPAG approved Section 5 of 'Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - Practitioners' Guide 2016' for publication. Section 5 contains supporting information and practical examples, supplementing (but not forming part of) the 'proper practices' set out in ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

New BIG Lottery Grant Fund for One-Off Community Events

Today the BIG Lottery Fund have launched a new programme offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local communities.

There is a new application process which links from their ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

LRALC Annual Report 2015-16

The newly issued Annual Report for the Association (incorporating the LRALC Accounts) can be found by clicking the link below.

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Only one week until smaller councils must publish their annual data - act now!

All local councils with a turnover of £25k or less are now only a week away from the deadline for publishing their annual data for 2015-16 on a public website.

The following must be published by 1st July:

  • ll items of income and expenditure above ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Policy Consultation - Larger Council Transparency Code

Consultation closes 8th July.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to update the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, in particular to change the way that local authorities record details of their land and property assets, and publish information ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

LRALC Councils Website Providers Survey - Results

Click the link below to see a summary of the results of our recent website provider survey.

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

New ruling exempts small developments from affordable housing and financial contributions

On Wednesday 11th May the Court of Appeal allowed the Governments appeal against the quashing of the 10 dwellings or fewer exemption that Reading and West Berkshire secured previously in the high court. This appeal was allowed on all four grounds against Mr Justice Holgate's judgment in West Berkshire ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Purdah and the EU Referendum

A referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 places restrictions on the material that local authorities and others can publish about the referendum. These ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland

Leicestershire County Council Equality Strategy

A new equalities strategy

The consultation is now live for the draft of Leicestershire County Council's new Equality Strategy and Action Plan. The consultation period runs from 25 April 2016 to 27 May 2016.

The strategy focuses on three priority aims for Leicestershire: ...

Categories: Leicestershire, Rutland