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.
Congratulations to Justine Hopkins who has become CiLCA qualified, adding to the growing number of qualified clerks across the sector.
Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:30 by Alison Robinson
Yesterday evening at the Quedgeley Town Council full council meeting they were presented with the Local Council Award Scheme Quality Gold, which is an outstanding achievement for the sector.
If you are interested in finding out about applying contact the office, we are happy to talk to Clerks, councillors and the community about the scheme - as any feedback to improve is welcomed.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:52 by Alison Robinson
The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 10 July. This is the legislation which will provide mandatory relief from business rates and save around £6m and safeguard 4000 public conveniences; as you know this has been one of our key campaigns. The Bill received cross-party support and Lord Bourne and Baroness Pinnock specifically mentioned local (parish and town) councils and NALC. More »
Independent review of the local government audit
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have launched an independent review of a local government audit, with Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, stating earlier this week that this was a strategic priority for his Ministry. The review will examine the existing purpose, scope and quality of statutory audits of local authorities in England and the supporting regulatory framework, and will be led by Sir Tony Redmond. NALC will be engaging closely with the Ministry and review team to feed in our sectors experience and views.
NALC's National Assembly met on 9 July, here are a few highlights:
- councillors agreed on a number of minor changes to governance including the appointment of a vice-chairman with responsibility for member services;
- it was agreed to recommend to the Annual General Meeting an affiliation fee for next year of 7.2p per elector, capped at £1840;
- as part of the review of this year's local elections, NALC held an extensive discussion session and will be issuing a survey shortly
Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments (SAAA)
The SAAA Board met on 9 July and noted that the number of AGAR returns received already was encouraging but agreed to urge all councils to ensure they submitted their return as soon as possible. The Board also received its independent auditor's report for the year ended 31 March 2019 which concluded there were no issues to be addressed.
Blog post by Professor Jane Wills
NALC have published a short blog post by Professor Jane Wills from the University of Exeter outlining the conclusions of her report into growing local councils in Cornwall which, amongst other things, "found an ambition to deliver for the community that in future could involve the councils acting more as hubs around which a local network of public, private and voluntary sector organisation would coalesce. Clerks and councillors could identify opportunities to support new initiatives and engage people around the environment, youth services, activities for older people and economic development." You can read more here. If you would like to submit a blog post of around 500 words on any subject then please get in touch!
VE Day 75
The government have announced 8 May 2020 as a Bank Holiday to ensure as many people as possible can celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. You can find more information including how to get involved here
Posted: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:56 by Alison Robinson