NEW NALC Good Councillors Guides 2018

The National Training Strategy has published an essential guidance for local councillors. The guide is a resource primarily aimed at new councillors but also can be for those thinking about becoming a local councillor. Indeed this is a guide useful for long-established councillor. This is no time to ...

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NALC launches new guide with the Local Government Association

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to launch a new guide setting out how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership.

This guide sets out a series of core principles to ...

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Parish and Town Council Minutes

This top tip is in the form of bulleted points relating to minutes, and summarises the most common queries and issues we come across when working with member councils.

  • All councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 MUST by law publish on a website draft minutes of ...

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Redaction of AGAR Signatures

Since our round robin on Friday 11th May 2018 we have had further correspondence from PFK Littlejohn on the issue of the redaction of signatures on published AGAR forms. The issue is due to be discussed further by PFK Littlejohn in the light of GDPR implementation ...

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LRALC Articles of Incorporation

LRALC Ltd's Articles of Incorporation can be viewed below. These replace the previous constitution for LRALC.

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New training event - Emergency First Aid at Work

Following requests from several member councils we have now scheduled a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course. The course is relevant to all Parish and Town councils who have determined, as part of their Risk Assessment, that first aid training covering emergency protocols is sufficient. The ...

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Update on GDPR and Data Protection Bill

NALC have this evening published the following statement:

Further update on GDPR and Data Protection Bill

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NALC to ‘re-think’ role of local councils after Brexit

LocalGov have published an article on NALC's forthcoming "stocktake" exercise on the role of local councils in the context of "Brexit, devolution, and the Government's austerity agenda".

See here for the full article.

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As of Monday 23rd April we have become "LRALC Ltd", with registered company number 11323405. See here for full details.

This marks the completion of a 18 month project to become a limited company, though there are still a small number of administrative tasks to complete before the ...

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NALC Councillor Census Survey

NALC is currently undertaking a councillor census survey for parish and town councillors as part of wider work it is undertaking around broadening the demographic of those holding elected office. It is doing this through a specially created Commission.


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GDPR - 12 steps to compliance (Steps 1-12)

Please find attached the remaining sections of our 12-step guide to GDPR compliance. This document is the work of our new Training and Advice Manager, Frances Webster, and is intended to take the ICO's 12 steps and turn them into practical guidance and support specifically for local councils. I'm sure ...

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Council tax figures 2018-19

The average band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2018-19 is £1,671, an increase of £81 or 5.1% on last year's figure of £1,591. This includes the parish precepts and represents the highest council tax increase since the mid 2000s ...

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Consultation on unauthorised developments and encampments

Please see below for important information from NALC on a current consultation:

Dear colleague,

As you may know, the Government have recently issued a consultation on powers for dealing with unauthorised developments and encampments. The consultation document can be found here ...

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Cancellation of Councillor Training 11th April 2018

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Councillor training planned for today (11th April 2018) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

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New NALC Model Standing Orders 2018 published

The new 2018 version of the NALC Model Standing Orders are now available to download (member councils only).

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LRALC achieves 100% membership levels amongst Leicestershire local councils

Having just returned from a meeting of Snarestone Parish Council in North West Leicestershire I am very pleased to report that with Snarestone's decision this evening to rejoin LRALC we now have all local councils in Leicestershire in membership.

Thank you ...

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Leicestershire County Council - Parish & Town Council Grass Cutting update

Leicestershire County Council colleagues would like to advise Parish and Town Councils that the grass cutting season commences on Tuesday 3rd April after the Easter Weekend.

Information on cutting dates for urban and rural grass cutting, including high speed roads, will ...

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Increase of pension automatic enrolment contributions from 6th April

The minimum contributions that employers and their staff pay into automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes are increasing. This includes local councils as employers where they have eligible staff (see NALC LTN 79 here for specific local councils advice) ...

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Spending parish council money on your local church (including burials): what are parish councils legally allowed to do?

As we always say in our well-attended and popular Councillor Training sessions, modern parish councils often encounter difficulties operating effectively within a framework of rather older (and dare we suggest outdated) legislation.

As LRALC has previously ...

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CANCELLED - Planning Nuts and Bolts training - 22nd March 2018

Unfortunately this course has had to be postponed due to the trainer being ill. We will confirm the new date within the next couple of weeks. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

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