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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 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.
The new Charity Governance Code was published last week. The Code sets the principles and recommended practice for good governance.
You can read it at:
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:18 by Alison Robinson
An updated briefing from NALC on the reform of Data Protection regulations is now in our documents section under D.
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:14 by Sue Creswick
·National Council met on Wednesday at the CCLA offices in the city of London, in advance the draft minutes being available next week here are a few highlights: new members of National Council were invited to speak at the start of the meeting to introduce themselves, their background and aspirations; councillors received an extensive report on our work programme, performance and strategic plan delivery; the NALC action plan for engaging with the new government was noted, including on neighbourhood planning and Council received a short presentation from Christopher Mountain, Department for Communities and Local Government who said "parishes are the backbone of neighbourhood planning" before giving an overview of progress including a recent adjournment debate in Parliament and asking for feedback on the current support programme; following extensive discussion councillors endorsed with minor changes proposals from the Governance Review Task and Finish Group for a progressive package of reforms to improve and modernise our governance structure. More »
·At the meeting Jonathon Owen stressed the importance of the sector sharing good practice and case studies of the excellent work of our councils especially through our Star Councils Awards 2017 which has just two weeks to run – in particular we need to hear about the work of councillors and young councillors, so please get nominating!
Important parish finance research
· To support NALC's ongoing council tax referendums campaign please complete an important online survey (pdf version attached) into parish finances. As you know Andrew Tubb is currently on secondment to NALC from Cirencester Town Council to support the NALC devolution work. Andrew is conducting some important research as part of his MBA to establish an evidence base which can be used by the sector to inform Government policy on issues relating to local government finance and devolution as well as raising awareness of current financial issues and capturing the strengths of town and parish councils. The questionnaire takes just several minutes to complete, with only one response per town and parish council required, and is available up to 10.00 on Friday 21 July 2017. It is really important that as many councils as possible complete the survey so please take the time to fill it in.
Local Democracy APPG
·The All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy held its annual general meeting this week, elected its officers and agreed the focus of their work for the next year. All the current officers were keen to continue to work with NALC and promote and champion parishes in Parliament and were duly re-elected: Andrea Jenkyns MP (Conservative), co-chair; Scott Mann MP (Conservative), co-chair; Lord Tony Greaves (Liberal Democrat), vice-chair; Lord John Lytton (Cross Bencher), secretary; and Karen Buck MP (Labour), treasurer. The work programme includes a small scale inquiry on role of local councils in supporting businesses and local economic development, holding another reception in Parliament to celebrate NALC's Star Councils and the achievements of some of the best councils in the sector, developing the champions network of MPs to encourage more MPs to engage with parishes in their area as well as coming along to NALC's Lobby Day, sessions on planning to promote more planning powers for communities such as housing allocations and diversity/role of councillors to explore how we can get more people involved in local democracy especially as councillors, extending membership of the Group, visits to councils by members of the Group and active engagement in Parliamentary debates.
Councillor Commission report
· The Councillor Commission – organised by the local government magazine TheMJ and De Montfort University Leicester and supported by NALC – published its final report 'The Voice of The Councillor' (attached) this week please read it and consider its findings and recommendations. When the Commission was launched NALC pressed for our sector and our 10,000 councillors not to be overlooked, securing representation on the Commission and a dedicated stream of work to ensure the voice of parish and town councillors was heard. The 124 page report (which is in plain language and easy to read!) includes a dedicated chapter on parish and town councillors and four specific recommendations out of the twenty in total. Special thanks to Cllr Mike Evans of Whiteley Town Council and chairman of the Hampshire county association for his vital contribution as the parish commissioner and NALC will be exploring with Mike and the Commission next steps including promotion of the report including discussing it with government and others.
· NALC have today published a new legal briefing L04-17 on the Reform of Data Protection Regulation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Bill. The GDPR will require parish and town councils and parish meetings to allocate significant resource and effort to comply, especially for smaller councils. This was discussed at the recent meeting of the Policy Committee who agreed to write to the government about resource implications and potential impact on precepts and we have written to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. In addition to the briefing NALC will also be holding a session on data protection at the annual conference and we are also considering what other support we can provide.
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:16 by Alison Robinson