Advice & Guidance
Training and Equipping
Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils
The Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils (GAPTC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and 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.
We are very pleased to announce more CiLCA success for another Gloucestershire clerk. Madeline King from Haresfield parish council now holds the sector qualification.
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:40 by Alison Robinson
·Last Wednesday the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament set out the Government's legislative agenda for the forthcoming session of this Parliament, with Bills relating to Brexit as expected dominating the programme. What was not included were several manifesto commitments or new measures to support further devolution or reintroduce the Local Government Finance Bill which fell automatically when Parliament was dissolved. The speech does however make reference to housing and a commitment to increase housebuilding through measures set out in the Housing White Paper. More »
Speakers confirmed for annual conference
·Several new speakers have been confirmed for the NALC annual conference in October. The health and well-being breakout session includes Liz Leggo, health and well-being projects officer, Sussex and Surrey county associations, and Maxine Kennedy, projects co-ordinator for Dementia Friendly across Yealm (as featured on BBC Countryfile programme); in the housing and planning breakout session Graham Hunt from Thame Town Council will discuss their exciting neighbourhood planning proposals; and the devolution breakout session will feature insights from Shar Roselman, Newport Pagnell Town Council and Andrew Tubb, Cirencester Town Council and on part-time secondment to NALC; and finallyHelen Ball from Shrewsbury Town Council will be explaining how councils support economic development – and will be sharing her experience of having a camera crew from the BBC follow her around for a piece on Britain in Bloom.
· At the annual conference NALC will also be announcing the winners of the Star Councils Awards, so do get your nominations in before the 28 July deadline.
·The Policy Committee met last Tuesday at the NALC offices, in advance of the minutes being available here are a few highlights: the Committee received a presentation on the Governance Review and emerging proposals from the Task and Finish Group, with proposals to strengthen the role of the Committee agreed; good progress being made delivering the work programme was noted including activity supporting the campaign against council tax referendums; the Committee were concerned about forthcoming changes to Data Protection legislation and potential new burdens and costs on councils which needed communicating to government; a draft policy register and updated manifesto/prospectus were considered and would be included in the annual conference programme; a motion from the Kent county association on funding of Post Offices was supported; Cllrs Rodney Jackson, Gordon Thurston, Jim Wingham and Peter Wilkinson were elected to NALC's Sustainable Communities Act Board for 2017/18.
Smaller Councils Committee
Highlights from the Smaller Councils Committee last Tuesday include: the Committee was keen to hold an additional meeting in September and this would be explored further; the building capacity paper should be published on the website and promoted in the bulletin; councilors provided feedback on recommendations from the Governance Review including proposals for the Committee to remain unchanged in 2018 but to consider further issues such as the definition and ways of working to support the needs of smaller councils; progress on the Transparency Fund, business rates campaign and response to the Localism Commission were welcomed and noted, and it was agreed; the Committee received an update from Howard Midworth from Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Limited about proposed changes to the annual return; and agreement to participate in the Rural Brexit Partnership.
NALC at the LGA conference
· The Local Government Association's annual conference takes place in Birmingham from 1 – 3 July 2017. Over the three days of the conference NALC will promoting the sector at the exhibition (they will be joined by colleagues from the Warwickshire and West Midlands and also Herefordshire county associations) and holding a fringe event on the theme of 'Where next for localism?' which coincides with the publication that same week of our second special report with local government magazine LGC.
Open water for parish and town councils
·And finally parish and town councils are now no longer restricted to buying water services from the regional monopoly. The largest competitive water retail marker in the world has opened for business, bringing the biggest change in the water sector since privatisation meaning local councils can now shop around to find the right deal for them. » Less
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:19 by Alison Robinson
Look out for the GAPTC AGM paperwork which is being emailed out to clerks today, and we will post a hardcopy to you next week.
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:03 by Alison Robinson