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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 (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.
Transparency Fund 2016/17 is up an running, there is a new and improved form, and GAPTC is keen that eligible councils apply/reapply. Please see the gaptc website for the application form, and call us if you have any questions.
The next application deadline is the 13th of June 2016.
The panel meet monthly so there is plenty of time/opportunity to get the applications in.
July deadline = 18th
August deadline = 15th
Fri, 27 May 2016 15:48 by Alison Robinson
GAPTC are happy to report more Transparency Fund success.
£2,078.45 BUCKLAND PARISH
£1,450.00 Driffield and Harnhill PC
£614.48 Alkington Parish Council
£1,305.00 Shipton Moyne Parish Council
Grand Total £5,447.93
You are eligible for a grant if you are a smaller council with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 (this is based on the greatest amount in terms of income or expenditure). More »
In order to be compliant with the Transparency Code you must have access to a website and publish a range of specific information.
You may have previously secured a grant, but you can reapply to cover staff time when uploading information (max 3 hours per month x 12 months). » Less
Fri, 27 May 2016 13:58 by Alison Robinson
key elements of the Queen's Speech:
-Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill: to further strengthen neighbourhood planning and give even more power to local people, and strengthen neighbourhood planning by making the local government duty to support groups more transparent and by improving the process for reviewing and updating plans (NALC will be seeking to ensure neighbourhood plans have primacy in planning law, a presumption that where a neighbourhood forum submits an application for a community governance review to create a new parish council the principal council would create a new parish where a neighbourhood plan had been made, promoting apprenticeships in our sector, and again seeking statutory consultee status in the planning and licensing system); More »
-Bus Services Bill: where in England further powers will be devolved to directly elected mayors, including powers governing local bus services (the NALC Smaller Councils Committee are particularly interested in this Bill given the concerns about bus subsidies and bus provision in rural areas as well as, these are issues NALC will be pursuing through the Bill);
-Local Growth and Jobs Bill: to allow local authorities to retain business rates, giving them more freedom to invest in local communities (NALC will continue to make the case for a share of business rates and some local piloting, and continue to press for exemption from national non-domestic rates on public toilets);
Immediately after the Queen's Speech the planning and housing minister Brandon Lewis MP was in touch with the NALC chairman Cllr Ken Browse to stress how he wants to work closely with NALC to take forward the government's commitment to strengthen neighbourhood planning (amongst other things).
·There is one noticeable, or at least interesting gap, in the legislation announced; originally unveiled in last year's Queen's Speech was a Public Service Ombudsman Bill – this would have combined the Parliamentary, Health, Local Government and Housing Ombudsmen – however this has not been included so we will have to wait and see whether proposals have been abandoned as we have an interest in whether some of councils will be brought into scope of the Local Government Ombudsman; and 'Other measures will be laid before you' always forms one of the Queen's last lines of the speech however, so we can expect more announcements in coming months!
·The Local Democracy APPG is teaming up with the Civic Societies APPG for a joint session on the National Planning Policy Framework on 7 June; speakers include Clive Betts MP, chairman of the Communities and Local Government select committee, Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association and Baroness Parminter; if you would like to attend please go the NALC website.
·UK Parliament Week in November; this annual programme of events aims to engage and connect people across the UK with the UK Parliament and democracy; to find out more about how to get involved; more details on how to get involved are on the NALC website or email email@example.com » Less
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:12 by Alison Robinson