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Civility & Respect Final Newsltter

The civility and respect project is progressing well – the project board approved an initial programme of support for councils, councillors and officers and details of this programme will be delivered over the next few months. The programme includes a bespoke range of training designed to raise awareness, support those suffering from any form of bullying, harassment, or intimidation, and to help the sector develop the necessary skills to head off unwanted behaviour before it becomes an issue. Details and dates of the first range of training are included in the newsletter, and we are inviting everyone to take advantage of the offer of a 50% reduction in all Civility and Respect Training costs until the end of this year. More dates for the training will be added depending on demand.

For further updates and information, please visit the civility and respect pages of NALC's website: https://www.nalc.gov.uk/respect

Wed, 22 Jun 2022

Police & Crime Commissioner Letter to Councils

This is an update from the PCC and includes an offer for the office of the PCC to attend parish meetings.

Tue, 24 May 2022

Locum Clerks

If you need holiday or sickness cover, the attached list contains clerks who have said they are available for locum work. Please contact the clerks direct.

Councils are responsible for identifying the terms under which they employ the locum clerk including having professional liability insurance. Councils must also obtain an undertaking in writing from the locum that any payments for work should be declared to HMRC for tax purposes.

Wed, 11 May 2022

Smaller Councils Committee

If your council has an electorate of under 6,000 this committee is for you. The national association has formed it specifically so that smaller councils can let them know what issues you would like them to address and what services you would like them to offer.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022

Code of Practice on Publicity Pre-Elections

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CODE OF RECOMMENDED PRACTICE ON LOCAL AUTHORITY PUBLICITY (ENGLAND) / PUBLICITY DURING THE PRE-ELECTION PERIOD

A code of recommended practice on local authority publicity ('the Code') was issued on 31 March 2011. By virtue of s.6 of the Local Government Act 1986, the Code applies to parish councils. It is recommended that parish councils follow the Code.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022

NALC announcement on Ukraine

What can local councils do to support the cause and show solidarity? This is the first announcement from the National Association and GAPTC will follow it up shortly with some useful signposting.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022

Ukraine - NALC briefing

NALC have provided a briefing on action that local councils can take in relation to the crisis in the Ukraine/

Thu, 17 Mar 2022

Salary Scales 2021-2022

Salary scales for full and part-time clerks / RFO's.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022

Working from Home Payments

Advice for clerks who work for two or more councils: both/all councils must be satisfied that their payment does no more than reimburse the additional costs involved in working from home. For example, if a clerk worked for 3 councils for 2 hours a week each, receiving £81 a month (3 x £27) is likely to be more than is necessary to cover the extra costs involved.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022

Living with Covid-19 in Gloucestershire

Living with COVID-19 in Gloucestershire

Almost two years to the day from the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gloucestershire, the UK government has announced its intention to move to a situation where we are "living safely with COVID", and remaining measures to control the spread of the virus have, or will shortly, be removed.

Our updated plan sets out our local strategy to live safely with COVID-19 in Gloucestershire; it replaces Gloucestershire's Local Outbreak Management Plan and sets the direction for how we will continue to prevent, contain, respond and monitor COVID-19 in a different way, and outlines how we will be able to step back up our surge requirements if necessary.

As we make this transition, we need to keep a focus on the underlying poor health exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic; we will need to continue to ensure our resources are invested in improving public health and reducing inequalities to make sure that all of our population are equally prepared to deal with any future resurgence of COVID-19 and ensure more equal outcomes for our whole population.

Wed, 09 Mar 2022

Pay Award & New Salary Scales

A briefing on the pay award and the new salary scales

Tue, 08 Mar 2022

Year End Checklist for Councils

Get ready for AGAR 2022

https://www.nalc.gov.uk/nalc-blog/entry/1991-get-ready-for-agar-2022

Tue, 08 Mar 2022

Banking (FATCA and CRS)

This note will assist councils in completing certain forms for their bank:

FATCA and CRS banking forms

Wed, 16 Feb 2022

Making Tax Digital – Update

This note updates the advice for all VAT-registered councils. Councils that are not VAT-registered, who reclaim VAT using form VAT126, are not affected by Making Tax Digital. There are no changes for those councils.

Wed, 16 Feb 2022

Procurement Thresholds

The thresholds for public procurement have changed since January 2022. This is an explanatory document provided by our partners, Parkinson Partnership, who offer training on budgeting, precept setting, VAT and other council financial matters.

Wed, 16 Feb 2022

Cotswold Energy Saving Exhibition

COTSWOLD ENERGY SAVING EXHIBTION WITH SPEAKERS

PLANNING FOR A GREENER FUTURE WITHOUT OIL AND GAS

Find out more at a free community event on:

THURSDAY 24TH MARCH 2022

WESTWOODS CENTRE, NORTHLEACH

3PM - 8.30PM (FREE ENTRY)

Get advice from companies specialising in the latest technology to help you save energy, save on bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Ground and air source heat pumps Solar PV and battery storage MVHE ventilation systems

Toyota electric cars Cotswold District Council Severn Wye Energy Agency Talks from

Christopher Crookall-Fallon - Head of Climate Action, Cotswold District Council

Meeting the decarbonisation challenge for Cotswold properties 6.30pm

Paul Sheridan - Senior Domestic Energy Advisor, Severn Wye Energy Agency Greening Buildings – An Introduction to energy saving in homes 7.30pm

Mon, 14 Feb 2022

CiLCA 2022 Learning Agreement

This is the Learning Agreement which needs to be completed for the next round of CiLCA training and mentoring which starts in April 2022.

(See training section on website for details and booking form)

CiLCA – The Qualification for you

The Certificate in Local Council Administration is a distance learning course verified by the Monitoring and Verification Board which is directly applicable to "the day job".

On registering for CiLCA, the candidate has one year to complete the portfolio of evidence for submission.

WHY CiLCA?

We feel that the time and commitment you put into offering support and help to your council needs to be recognised and the CiLCA qualification does just this! Expect to put in on average about 50 hours of work and one of the rewards is another notch on the salary scale, providing your council has signed up to the National Agreement. CiLCA also offers an opportunity to ensure you have the basic knowledge to carry out a professional job. CiLCA is the recognised qualification in our sector as a sign of achievement and is required in most job applications. Consider your future aspirations.

CONSIDER

So think about your future, think about your current knowledge, think about your council. This is your next step to professionalism. CiLCA is also a requirement of your council to have a qualified Clerk in adopting the General Power of Competence and obtaining the Local Council Award Scheme. Ask GAPTC for more details.

Now is the time to explore this.

Tue, 01 Feb 2022

New Councillor Induction Pack

Joining a council can be daunting. GAPTC recommends clerks use this document as a checklist and provide all new councillors with the information contained in it. Please let us know if you think there is anything we can add. We also recommend councils assign a 'buddy', a long-standing, active member of the council, to support all new councillors.

Mon, 31 Jan 2022

Clerks' Handover Toolkit

When your clerk retires or resigns it is good practice to ensure a smooth handover period. This toolkit lists what every new clerk will need to know before the former clerk leaves. We suggest a handover period in which this can be achieved. It may be a good idea to name who is responsible for handing over each item listed and noting a completion date.

Fri, 28 Jan 2022