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The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including town) councils of Gloucestershire, who form the grass roots tier (or first level) of local government in England.
GAPTC offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.
As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website, which helps to increase understanding and awareness about the sector.
All local councils need to be mindful that pension auto-enrolment will impact on them, even if you the council has no employees for which there is a duty to auto-enrol (e.g. because earnings are too low).
Some duties apply to ALL employers, even if the staff are not eligible to be automatically enrolled into a scheme. Councils can check the Pensions Regulator Duties Checker to ensure an understand of what action needs to be taken. More »
Employers (even small and micro employers, which many local councils will be classed as) are being fined (over 3,000 so far) for simply not submitting the required Declaration of Compliance (i.e., formally notifying the Pensions Regulator that they have no employees for whom they have a duty to auto-enrol).
In a recent ruling upholding a fine it was stated "that it was the employer's legal responsibility to ensure that they comply with the law – including the submission of the declaration of compliance by the deadline". The judge also confirmed that "the fact that a junior member of staff had failed to do this on the employer's behalf did not amount to a reasonable excuse".
Therefore, parish councils must be assured that as the employer they have done what they are required to by law.
GAPTC have produced guidance which are available under 'auto-enrolment' on our website, so please act on this as any council that is not compliant may end up with a fine.
See below for the press release from the Pensions Regulator covering this topic:
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:47 by Alison Robinson
Congratulations to Jo Barber, at Minchinhampton Parish Council on achieving the CiLCA qualification, adding to the growing number of councils across Gloucestershire that have qualified clerks.
If you are interested in becoming qualified please contact GAPTC.
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:54 by Alison Robinson
Tuesday 20 September 2016 10am-3pm
Venue: Coombe Suite, Civic Centre, 2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7DN
The next National Allotment Society, South West Allotment Officers' Forum meeting is on 20 September 2016. Wotton-under-Edge Town Council has generously provided the venue. Allotment Officers' Forums are informal meetings that offer you an opportunity to network with colleagues who have the same challenges and experiences as you and explore solutions to common problems. More »
There is still time for me to arrange a speaker and wondered whether delegates would be interested in hearing from the organisation who are working on the Vale Community Hospital Allotment Scheme that was mentioned at the last Forum http://www.downtoearthstroud.co.uk/vale-community-hospital-allotment-scheme/ if they are available.
Please bring something for lunch.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:07 by Anita Sach