NEW ‘QUALITY COUNCIL SCHEME'
At the beginning of 2013 it was agreed to conduct an extensive survey of town and parish councils as to their view of the Quality Parish Scheme.
Over 1300 responses were received, the best ever, which gives some indication as to the feelings. Consequently, Tamsin Hewitt (NALC Development Officer) has spent considerable time producing a very comprehensive analysis of all the views and ideas expressed.
GAPTC circulated the survey several times to members for them to respond directly and the Accreditation panel met and wrote in detail expressing various ideas.
The first draft of the scheme has now been received by the County Associations for comment as issued by the stakeholder group. See the new name above! It is not clear yet when this will be launched, certainly early 2014, perhaps later this year.
What we can tell you is that it is likely to have 3 levels:
1* Attainment of fundamental systems, procedures as demonstrated by evidence which may be presented for review to the panel electronically.
2* More evidence of elected members, qualified clerk, community engagement, pro-active council and forward planning. A variety of evidence required.
3* Evidence of professional approach, qualified officers, well-trained councillors, short- and long-term plan, active community leader with good governance and innovative approach.
All will be accredited by the panel. GAPTC hope to launch the scheme with full details once they are released. WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Kim Bedford. Chief Officer. Sept. 2013