ENABLING PARISH & TOWN COUNCILS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE SINCE 1939

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Executive Committee meeting 28th September 2017 Minutes

Approved minutes of meeting of 28th September 2017

Wed, 04 Apr 2018

Executive Committee meeting minutes 8 June 2017

Approved minutes of the Executive Committee meeting on 8 June 2017

Wed, 04 Apr 2018

Provisional settlement 2018-19 Consultation

Local government finance settlement

The relevant section from the consultation which confirms the government intends to defer the setting of referendum principles for town and parish councils for three years:-

3.4 Town and parish councils

3.4.1 Since the introduction of council tax referendums in 2012-13, no referendum principles have been set for local precepting authorities such as town and parish councils ("parishes"), although the Government has made it clear that it would keep this under review and take action if necessary.

3.4.2 Ahead of the 2017-18 round of council tax setting, the Government issued a challenge to parishes to demonstrate restraint when setting precept increases that were not a direct result of taking on additional responsibilities, and to make precept decisions more transparent to local tax-payers. The average increase set by the sector in 2017-18 was 6.3% and the Government indicated that continued deferral of referendum principles would be dependent upon it receiving clear evidence of how the sector is responding to the challenge.

3.4.3 In response, the sector provided details of a range of activities around fiscal responsibility, transparency and engagement, the promotion of good practice and use of other sources of income, county-level engagement regarding significant precept increases' and publishing the Good Councillors' Guide to Finance and Transparency.

3.4.4 Having noted this work and the sector's request for longer-term certainty to aid financial planning, the Government intends to defer the setting of referendum principles for town and parish councils for three years. However, this is conditional upon:

- the sector taking all available steps to mitigate the need for council tax increases, including the use of reserves where they are not already earmarked for other uses or for "invest to save" projects which will lower on-going costs, and;

- the Government seeing clear evidence of restraint in the increases set by the sector as a whole.

·In NALC's response to the local government finance technical consultation we said if the sector is to respond effectively and efficiently to the range of fiscal challenges and onward devolution that the same confidence and certainty afforded to principal councils should be extended to local councils, calling for a multi-year initiative within which timeframe council tax referendum principles would not be extended to the sector, this would provide not only much needed financial certainty but also sufficient breathing space needed by the sector to re-dress the imbalance caused by changes to the tax base and loss/reduction of local council tax support grant.

Thu, 28 Dec 2017

Vital Signs - Gloucestershire

This report brings together statistics from a range of national and local data sets, with the results from a survey of Gloucestershire residents. In bringing this information together, the six vital sign themes enable us to understand how Gloucestershire is performing statistically in relation to the rest of the UK, as well as sharing the view of people living in the county.

"The majority of people living in the county want to live in an area where everyone has the opportunity to flourish physically, intellectually, mentally and spiritually.

However, this reports highlights the fact that there are significant inequalities in our midst. Nor everyone, for example, has the same access to adequate housing. Fuel and food poverty exist. There are different health outcomes for people living within a few miles of one another..."

Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire and President of Gloucestershire Community Foundation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Audit fees - external 2017/18 to 2021/2022

Scale of routine external audit fees plus possible additional costs.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017

External Audit Fees

Scale of routine fees for external audit, and other possible costs, from 2017-18 to 2021-22 set by the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017

AGM Minutes 2017

Minutes from GAPTC's 2017 AGM held at Highnam Community Centre in July 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Tags: AGM, GAPTC

Material planning considerations

Issues taken into consideration when planners make planning decisions.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017

Tags: Planning

Local Council case studies - promoting good practice

These case studies are have been listed by NALC and date back to 2015, but they provide a good idea about the range of work taking place across the sector.

Tue, 08 Aug 2017

Jargon Busting Rural Affordable Housing

Jargon which is not always self-explanatory.

Courtesy of GRCC

Tue, 01 Aug 2017

Tags: Planning

AGM Minutes 2016 - final

Approved minutes from GAPTC's AGM held at Highnam in July 2016.

Sat, 15 Jul 2017

Tags: AGM, GAPTC

The Voice of the Councillor

The Councillor Commission – organised by the local government magazine TheMJ and De Montfort University Leicester and supported by NALC – publish its final report 'The Voice of The Councillor'. When the Commission was launched we pressed for our sector and our 10,000 councillors not to be overlooked, securing representation on the Commission and a dedicated stream of work to ensure the voice of parish and town councillors was heard. The 124 page report (which is in plain language and easy to read!) includes a dedicated chapter on parish and town councillors and four specific recommendations out of the twenty in total.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

Neighbourhood Planning - Good Councillors' Guide

A new guide to neighbourhood planning for councillors.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017

Tags: Planning

Dual-hatted councillors

A report on the pros and cons of having parish and town councillors who are also district/borough and/or county councillors.

With thanks to Julie Shirley of Eastington PC for allowing us to use the research she undertook for her Community Governance degree dissertation.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

Executive Committee meeting minutes 23 February 2017

Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on 23 February 2017

Thu, 23 Feb 2017