Advice and guidance
Promoting parish councils assets
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.
· The Policy Committee met on Tuesday at the NALC offices, in advance of the draft minutes being available here are a few highlights: Cllr Rodney Jackson (West Sussex county association) was elected chairman and Cllr David Francis (Northumberland county association) vice chairman for 2018; the Committee considered and discussed draft proposals for their work programme for the next two years, noting new arrangements for their role as selector under the Sustainable Communities Act; following the launch of our Prospectus for ultra-localism at the annual conference a series of campaigns were identified to support this including the creation of new councils, the Tree Charter, the Diversity Commission and 2019 parish election, business rates on public conveniences, council tax on second homes, dementia and devolution; policy motions from county associations on tree applications and Data Protection Officers were supported; the Committee received an update on the review of policy development and formulation; and government consultations on Park Homes and Freedom of Information Code of Practice were considered. More »
- Following last week's reshuffle the responsibilities of Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government ministers Sajid Javid MP, Dominic Raab MP, Jake Berry MP, Heather Wheeler MP, Rishi Sunak MP and Lord Bourne have now been published. As local government minister, the brief for Rishi Sunak MP includes local government policy, including local government reform, local government finances (including local authority sustainability and business rates retention), adult social care, local government interventions policy and oversight of existing interventions, local government pensions, Troubled Families and parks/green space.
· Having successfully secured government support to change parish poll rules, NALC have been as frustrated as anyone that the necessary regulations are yet to be laid before Parliament. NALC have continued to press this issue and officials recently confirmed their understanding that Parliamentary time is limited due to the amount of legislative slots needed for Brexit related business. Officials had included regulations together with the Local Audit Consequential amendment regulations in plans for this session, but only the latter made the priority list at this time. However ministers have agreed to press ahead with them as soon as parliamentary time allows and they hope to be able to resume work on implementation later in the year.
Review of local government ethical standards
· The Committee on Standards in Public Life has today advised NALC that they will be launching their review of local government ethical standards by the end of January, focussing on councillor conduct (codes, sanctions, investigation and interests). The first part of the review will be a stakeholder consultation open until mid-May 2018 to get submissions from as wide a range of councils and local government organisations as possible. Further details will be available shortly including on our own survey of councils and county associations which will form the basis of our response to the review. » Less
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:48 by Alison Robinson
From 1st April 2018
National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage Rate
The National Living Wage Adult Rate (for workers aged 25 and over) will increase by 4.4%, from its current hourly rate of £7.50 to £7.83, on 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
The National Living Wage Adult Rate (for workers aged 21 to 24 inclusive) will increase by 4.68%, from its current hourly rate of £7.05 to £7.38, on 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. More »
The 18-20 Year Old Rate (for workers aged 18-20 inclusive) will increase by 5.36%, from its current hourly rate of £5.60 to £5.90 on 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
The 16-17 Year Old Rate (for workers aged 16-17 inclusive) will increase by 3.70%, from its current hourly rate of £4.05 to £4.20 on 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
Apprentice Rate (Apprentices under 19 and also Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship) will increase by 5.71%, from its current hourly rate of £3.50 to £3.70 on 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019. » Less
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:07 by Shirley Godsall
What? unveiling of ambitions plans for the future of Gloucestershire
When? Thursday 1 February, 3pm to 6pm
Where? The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse
Who? Businesses, volunteer and charity organisations, public sector, students, EVERYONE!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloucestershire-2050-the-big-launch-tickets-40935984632 to book your place for the Big Launch on 1 February
Hundreds of residents and organisations from across the County will be attending the Big Launch, organised by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Leadership Gloucestershire, a partnership of the county's leading public sector organisations. More »
The exhibition-style event will include stands hosted by a range of innovative local businesses and organisations who are shaping the way that Gloucestershire residents will live, work, and study in the future.
Will you be there to influence the future of the county?
At this event there will be an announcement on the eight ambitions and six major projects that could radically transform the county's reputation on the national and international stage; and improve quality of life for local people. The Big Launch also marks the start of a programme of public engagement to develop the vision and collect ideas from residents and organisations.
"Gloucestershire is a fantastic place to live with bustling towns, a historic city, innovative businesses and beautiful countryside. But we face some major challenges over the next 30 years that will have a significant impact on all our lives if we don't take action to address them.
"400 people in the 18-30 age bracket are leaving the county every year to seek work elsewhere. Our working age population is only increasing by 1.4% a year but we're expecting the number of people aged over 65 to increase by 66.8% by the year 2039.
"We need to make sure that Gloucestershire offers a great quality of life for every generation, based upon shared values, and that means we need to explore some big ideas for how we could do things differently."
Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor of the University
"It all boils down to three simple questions: What are the problems we need to address, what do we want Gloucestershire to be like in 2050, and how do we make the most of our assets to realise our ambitions?"
Matthew Andrews, University Secretary & Registrar
The Gloucestershire 2050 Vision team
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:28 by Alison Robinson