Updated NALC guidance on pre-election publicity
NALC are already receiving a number of queries related to the pre-election period (purdah) prior to the General Election, which started when Parliament was dissolved on 6 November. Although local (parish and town) councils will not be holding elections on 12 December, NALC have reissued our Legal Briefing L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:51 by Alison Robinson
The GAPTC Executive Committee met on Thursday 31st October to agree the subscription fee for 2020/21.
The 2019/20 subs were 32.49 pence per electorate (this was made up of 25.5 pence to GAPTC and 6.99 pence to NALC).
At the NALC AGM it was agreed that the NALC contribution would increase from 6.99 pence to 7.20 pence for 2020/21 (an increase of 0.21 pence per elector).
The Executive Committee considered... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:32 by Alison Robinson
NALC Annual Conference 2019
The bulletin from last week is something of an Annual Conference special given this was the obvious highlight, several headlines and reflections include:
- Some vital statistics which illustrate just how the annual conference has grown into the biggest and most high profile event in the sector's calendar: there were 250 delegates from every single county association area; 40... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:47 by Alison Robinson
Kevin O'Donoghue from Willersey PC in the Cotswolds is the latest clerk to achieve the CiLCA qualification, so congratulations to him for an outstanding achievement.
If you are interested in taking the CiLCA qualification do get in touch.
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:25 by Anita Sach
Chief executive's bulletin
This year's #OurDay will take place on 19 November. Now a regular campaign fixture in the annual calendar, #OurDay is the Local Government Association's annual 24-hour social media marathon for local government, so gives local (parish and town) councils, councillors, clerks and county associations a great opportunity to share their stories of how they improve the... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:22 by Anita Sach
The Queen's Speech was delivered in Parliament on 14 October, setting out the government's forthcoming legislative agenda. The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill was not among the list of bills announced, NALC will continue to press the government on this. There were welcome commitments, though, to publish bills on devolution, the environment and broadband, and NALC will also... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:12 by Alison Robinson
Meeting with Alzheimer's Society
On 8 October the NALC head of membership services, Charlotte Eisenhart, and policy intern, Claire Goldfinch, met with the Alzheimer's Society to discuss the joint work under the strategic commitment signed almost two years ago. Issues covered included the role of local (parish and town) councils in building dementia-friendly communities, sharing of information and goals... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:38 by Alison Robinson
Conservative party conference
The political party conference season came to a close this week with the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, and other NALC colleagues in Manchester at the Conservative Party autumn conference. Brexit was again a consistent theme, with much focus on what the Prime Minister has or hasn't been up to, including drinking from disposable coffee cups! The highlight for NALC was their... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:36 by Alison Robinson
The Forestry Commission has updated their 'Tree Felling - getting permission' booklet and this can be found on their website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-felling-licence-when-you-need-to-apply It is a really clear explanation of how and when to apply for a felling licence, with lots of links to further guidance.
It particularly draws attention to the section on hedgerow protection, since their Woodland... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 02 Oct 2019 14:55 by Anita Sach
The Police and Crime Commissioner has published an annual report reflecting how he has carried out his responsibilities over the past 12 months and progress in delivering the Police and Crime Plan.
The report is a summary of the 12 months from April 2018-March 2019 and highlights the challenge of dealing with a growing range and complexity of crimes, complicated by additional social issues around mental... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2019 09:40 by Anita Sach