Annual General Meeting 2018
GAPTC CEO, Alison Robinson, GAPTC President, the Right Rev Christopher Hill and former GAPTC Chairman, Stephen Hirst
Expert, local training giving clerks and councillors the skills they need
Promoting good practice
A LCAS visit to Eastington PC
Celebrating creativity and innovation
South West Challenge - promoting local council values
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.
Falmouth Town Council Re-submitting Toilet Tax SCA Proposal To Government In 01/19 - Request To Complete / Promote Completion of Short Evidence Survey By Member Councils In Your Areas By 10/12/18
Falmouth Town Council, supported by NALC, would like to re-submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act for legislative change to grant local (parish and town) councils mandatory 100% business rates relief on public toilets that they own or manage. This follows the submission of a proposal in December 2017 from Falmouth Town Council formally requesting complete mandatory rate relief from the Government on all public conveniences owned or managed by local councils. It is our belief that such a removal of business rates would improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing as they are an unwanted price tag around many assets and liabilities transferred to local councils by principal local authorities unable to run them any longer. More »
This agenda also clearly fits into the health and wellbeing domain. Despite the Government's commitment to ending the toilet tax (by 2020) in the Budget 2018 on 29 October 2018, the sector cannot rest until the end of the toilet tax is formally on the statute books. For this reason the NALC Policy Committee (at its 2 October 2018 session) asked that NALC / Falmouth Town Council gather further evidence to support the proposal ahead of its formal re-submission in 01/19. A sector survey was considered to be one way of achieving this (NALC is also gathering other qualitative data to support the re-submission, aside from the survey).
The responses to this survey will help support the proposal to be re-submitted to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government by mid-January 2019 under the Act. The Government have asked that we support that request with evidence that the change is required. To that end we would be hugely grateful if you could please complete / promote completion of the following survey web-link (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BKJ92FP ) to all member councils in your county areas by 17:00 on 10 December 2018 - thanks. It will take just 5 minutes to complete. » Less
Posted: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:50 by Alison Robinson
Cllr Stephen Hirst has stepped down from the GAPTC EC after 6 years as Chairman.
He was invited to the meeting in November to thanks him for his contribution.
He was presented with some gifts, including some bespoke socks!
Stephen continues in his role as councillor at Tetbury Town Councillor.
Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:55 by Alison Robinson
Meeting with Locality
The NALC chairman Cllr Sue Baxter met with the chairman of Locality, Mark Law from BARCA Leeds, on 13 November. Issues discussed included the respective recent NALC annual conferences and strategic reviews, the communities agenda including civil society strategy, neighbourhood planning and closer working between organisations. Incidentally, if you aren't already familiar with the My Community website, the portal for community rights information and grant programmes which Locality run for the government, do check it out! More »
Community transport award and new partnership
Later the same day Sue and Jonathon Owen were pleased to be at the first Transport Planning Day, organised by the Transport Planning Society to celebrate the positive impact transport planning can have on people's lives. They were both delighted that Sevenoaks Town Council won the inaugural People's Award and the chair of the judges, Stephen Joseph, announced NALC's new partnership with the Foundation for Integrated Transport which will help local (parish and town) councils develop business plans for transport schemes.
New legal guidance
The latest legal briefing L09-18 Public Sector Bodies Regulations 2018 covers the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications. The regulations came into force on 23 September and apply to local councils, county associations and NALC – but don't panic! The requirement to meet accessibility standards do not apply for existing websites until 23 September 2020, to new websites published on or after 23 September 2018 until 23 September 2019, and for apps, 23 June 2021. While a step in the right direction for accessibility, I'm sure this may still pose a challenge for the local councils sector and NALC are raising this with the government including requesting support. You can read the briefing in full on the NALC website, login required.
Joint Information Governance Group (JIGG)
JIGG, set up by NALC to provide support to the sector on a wide range of information governance issues including General Data Protection Regulation, Freedom of Information, web standards and cyber security, met this week, here are a few highlights:
- The Group noted with disappointment that the Information Commissioners Office had rejected its application for funding for aspects of its work including research and guidance;
- Agreement to continue with the production of a short guide for local councils and councillors on information governance supported by additional detailed web resources, Frequently Asked Questions, links to other advice and authoritative guidance on specific matters, and planned for publication in May 2019.
Get involved in #OurDay
Promoting the brilliant work of local councils is an increasingly important aspect of the work NALC do. Get involved in this year's #OurDay on 20 November. This campaign run by the Local Government Association gives everyone who works or volunteers in local public services – including the brilliant local councils – the chance to share their stories through the power of social media about how they improve the quality of life for their communities. Last year the campaign reached more than 31 million people, leading it to be the number one Twitter trend in the UK.
NALC would really like to see as many councillors, clerks, council and county association staff as possible getting involved and shouting from the hilltops about the work you are doing to benefit your communities. You can get involved by simply tweeting about what you are proud of using #OurDay and tagging @NALC and @LGAComms in your tweets. You can find more information and resources to help you via the LGA website.
Tree Charter Day
NALC need your help with work being undertaken with the Woodland Trust, National Union for Students (NUS), and the Tree Council on the Tree Charter and in particular Tree Charter Day on 24 November. There are a number of ways you can do this from hosting or attending a local event to taking a picture of your favourite tree and tweeting it to @NALC and @WoodlandTrust using #TreeCharterDay. NA:C also want to know what you have done over the past year to embed the principles of the Tree Charter and will be publishing case studies in the run-up to next week's Tree Charter Day – send your stories to PolicyComms@nalc.gov.uk.
Future of local councils survey
Just a reminder that NALC are still keen to hear from local councils, clerks and councillors about our new vision and future role of local councils, so do let me know your views through this short online survey – thank you!
The Met Office run an annual public information campaign aimed at raising awareness of, and encouraging the public to think about, risks associated with winter weather and the steps they could take to be better prepared. The 2018-19 Weather Ready campaign is being launched next week, please share and publicise the WeatherReady tips and advice on travel, your home and health and wellbeing – thank you.
Posted: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:27 by Alison Robinson