Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester
GL2 4LY

  • Annual General Meeting 2018

    Annual General Meeting 2018

    GAPTC CEO, Alison Robinson, GAPTC President, the Right Rev Christopher Hill and former GAPTC Chairman, Stephen Hirst

  • Training & Equipping

    Training & Equipping

    Expert, local training giving clerks and councillors the skills they need

  • Promoting good practice

    Promoting good practice

    A LCAS visit to Eastington PC

  • Celebrating creativity and innovation

    Celebrating creativity and innovation

  • Celebrating success

    Celebrating success

    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.

Latest News

Project examples relating to the loneliness initiative - contact NALC

NALC are involved in a loneliness project and are requesting that parish and town councils that are involved either directly or in partnership with any projects aimed at tackling loneliness contact Andrew Tubb at the NALC offices.

Often, loneliness is associated with older people who live on their own; but loneliness is not just about social isolation therefore, people can be lonely, but not necessarily living in isolation. The Campaign to End Loneliness believe that people of all ages need connections that matter. More »

Building on the success of the 'One Community' guide, launched in 2018, which sets out a model framework for effective partnership working between local and principal councils, NALC's joint work with the Local Government Association and The Campaign Company continues.

The project team is back together with an initiative for tackling loneliness; recognising that loneliness doesn't just impact on an individual's mental and physical health but also in the way that individuals engage and interact with wider services.

In preparing a new guide NALC will be exploring how best practice, in combating loneliness locally, can be shared effectively to support commissioners, service providers and people affected by loneliness.

NALC has also been invited to join a Government roundtable to provide evidence on issues and projects relating to loneliness.

Project examples and any comments or questions relating to this loneliness initiative can be e-mailed to Andrew Tubb at andrew.tubb@nalc.gov.uk. » Less

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:13 by Alison Robinson

Training news

2019 training courses

Here is an update on the courses available for this year. New for 2019 is Digital Mapping training with Pear Technology which will take place on 13 February. With elections in May 2019 for the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury, new councillor training has been set up for the summer and Chairmanship Skills and planning training will be added shortly. Full information on course content, location and costs can be found on the website under Training (there is no need to login). More »

Please book using the online booking form. Please book as early as you can as we have to give reasonable notice to the trainer and venue if we have only received a few bookings and need to cancel.

Agendas and Minute Writing – rescheduled – now taking place 6 March, Quedgeley - An opportunity to discover what the law requires of parish and town councils for agendas and minutes; what should be included in the agenda and when it should be published; how to prepare the minutes, how to set them out and what should be included.

· Preparing for Audit – 12 February, Highnam – nobody booked so far for this absolutely essential course. The new regime in 2017/18 caused a lot of confusion and this course looks at the time frames to comply with reporting requirements; understanding the responsibilities of both the Clerk/RFO and Council; current assurance audits for different sized councils; completing the Annual Governance and Accountability Return; and transparency requirements.

Digital Mapping with Pear Technology – 13 February, Highnam – just £10 per person, the presentation will cover: the Public Sector Mapping Agreement and how it works; mapping of assets, cemeteries, allotments and trees; how digital mapping can be used to help manage and run public events, street markets, public buildings, sports pitches etc.

Being a Better Councillor – 21 February, Brockworth – a few places available - The essential introduction to parish council life whether or not you are a Councillor: understand your roles and responsibilities as a Councillor; learn the powers and duties of your council; find out what the council can spend money on; how to prepare for meetings; ensuring the council is acting lawfully; how to engage with and represent all members of your community.

Clerks More Knowledge – A Miscellany including Planning - 27 February, Quedgeley – 2 places available - duties of a council; useful Standing Orders; Code of Conduct – interests; IT provisions; planning - a brief introduction; community engagement; tiers of government; grant finding.

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) mentoring – 1 March, 10 May, 12 July and 20 September, Hucclecote; four support sessions for clerks undertaking CiLCA, a level 3 qualification - the GAPTC mentoring sessions provide tips on how to submit the portfolio; where to find the information; how to demonstrate and understand the legal background; reviewing the documents that have to be submitted; enjoying the support of your fellow students. It is suggested that you start the mentoring in March but not register with the SLCC until the summer, as you only have one year to complete the portfolio, and the clock starts ticking on registration.

If you are planning to take the CiLCA qualification and wish to book on to our four mentoring sessions, there is no need to book online, but you must complete a Learning Agreement (see attached) and send to us together with the course fee.

Clerks More Knowledge – The Finance Module - 21 March, Quedgeley – places available - This is our finance module with an overview of Governance and Accountability 2018 - including audits, risk management, asset register; Financial Regulations; VAT; loans and PWLB; pensions; financial records; budget setting and budget monitoring.

Being a Better Councillor – 26 June, Highnam – see above

Being a Better Councillor – 10 July, Bourton-on-the-Water – see above

Being a Better Councillor – 5 September, Highnam – see above » Less

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:58 by Alison Robinson

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Happy New Year!

NALC would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2019.

Local Council Award Scheme

At the end of 2018, 326 local (parish and town) councils had already achieved a prestigious national award through the Local Council Award Scheme, recognised by the government, Local Government Association, and Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), and administered by NALC and county associations, including an impressive 40 councils securing Quality Gold. Another 320 councils have registered to participate in the scheme and we look forward to them securing their award in 2019. You can read more about these councils and how to get involved on the NALC website. More »

Implementing geological disposal

NALC have been working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) to ensure that local councils are aware of the potential of the government's proposals around implementing geological disposal of radioactive waste. On Wednesday 19 December BEIS published its policy paper Implementing Geological Disposal: Working with Communities on the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste. This is a significant milestone as it means RWM can now begin to find a suitable location and willing community to host a geological disposal facility (GDF). To support the launch, RWM has updated their website with a range of publications including an introduction to geological disposal, community guidance and the outputs from national geological screening for a GDF.

Meetings and events in 2019

As well as two national conferences, on 11 February 2019 and 28/29 October 2019, NALC is holding a study tour to Bishops Stortford Town Council on 10 and 11 June 2019 – only a few places are remaining so please book as soon as possible to guarantee your place. We are also hosting three open days on 20 March, 16 July and 17 October for members to find out more about our work.

If you would like to attend an open day please email Claire FitzGerald at committees@nalc.gov.uk. Over the course of the year, we will also be holding 30 committee meetings, providing an opportunity for councillors from across the country to get together, share good practice and determine NALC's policy and service objectives. You can find out more about all our meetings and events on the website and if you want to get involved in NALC's work you can find out more here (login required) or get in touch with your county association.

And finally

Congratulations to everyone recognised in the New Year Honours list for services to communities and local government, in particular, Elisabeth Skinner, academic leader, SLCC, who was awarded an MBE. » Less

Posted: Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:54 by Alison Robinson