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Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester

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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.

Latest News

Community Governance Degree success

Huge congratulations to Helen Bojaniwska (Clerk to Stroud Town Council) on successfully gaining the Community Governance Degree and attaining a 'distinction'.

Contact SLCC or GAPTC if you would like to discuss the parish and town council sector degree.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20 by Alison Robinson

NALC Circular

· National Council – change of date of next meeting

Due to pressures on the parliamentary estate and to enable the association to get the best room possible, it has been necessary to move the next meeting of National Council - Lobby Day - to 28 March 2017, please note this change.

· Lobby Day (28 March 2017)

On Wednesday the Executive Committee discussed this year's Lobby Day and agreed on the need to make this important initiative better than ever before so the focus on raising the profile of the sector in Parliament is maintained, and especially keep pressing the issue about council tax referendums. More »

NALC are in the process of updating the Lobby Day page and numerous resources on the website such as model letters and these will be available in the next few days. Councils/CALCs will be urged to write to MPs by the end of the month setting out what the event is about and asking to them to meet with you and hold the date in their diary.

The Policy and Development Team will be co-ordinating this popular and successful part of our advocacy work as well as providing ongoing support and help to you as needed, get in touch with Justin Griggs, head of policy and development at justin.griggs@nalc.gov.uk if you have any questions or need further information at this stage

· Local council award scheme

One of the ways in which the sector can demonstrate effectiveness and compliance with the new transparency agenda is through the Local Council Award Scheme. This scheme will also provide reassurance to principal councils and the Government that the sector is well run – helping to oppose the extension of referenda principles, winning the support of principal councils for the creation of new parishes and continuing to build the sector's reputation and credibility.

Since December 2015 there have been 305 registrations to the scheme. 139 councils are progressing their application and 166 councils have already received the award - 101 at foundation level, 44 at quality level and 21 at quality gold level.

For information on how to apply please contact NALC or GAPTC.

· NALC Governance Review

Executive Committee agreed its priorities for this year. An early one for this year is to review NALC's committee structure and we will be canvassing views shortly.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:42 by Alison Robinson

SAAA announcement of appointed auditors by county area 2017/18 - 2021/22

Following the successful procurement exercise, the SAAA has now uploaded the text of the appointed auditor announcement by County area onto the SAAA website at http://www.localaudits.co.uk/appts.html

Can I flag up the following so that we ensure that returns are made to correct auditors

"It is important to note that for the financial year 2016/17 there are no changes to your existing audit arrangements and you should continue to work with your existing auditors on limited assurance reviews for accounts for the financial year 1 April 2016/31 March 2017. More »

The new appointments only become effective for the five year period in relation to accounts for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2017. All matters relating to the financial year 2016-17, including the Annual Return for the year 2016-17, should still be sent to your current external auditor." » Less

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:44 by Alison Robinson