Covid19 Job Retention Scheme and furlough fraud
There have been recent headlines about a crackdown on furlough fraud. This tends to focus on employers who have provided inaccurate or false information, or who have then broken furlough rules – in the main by having furloughed staff continue to work. Local (parish and town) councils should be advised to only provide accurate and true information... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 15:31 by Alison Robinson
We have been advised that UNISON has voted to accept the pay offer by a two to one margin and similarly the GMB have accepted. While UNITE members voted by 70% to reject this offer, however in-line with the constitution of the National Joint Council (NJC), UNITE accepts the collective majority of the other unions and the pay award will now be implemented.
The agreement, which is backdated to 1st April... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:18 by Alison Robinson
NALC's #RebuildingCommunities online event series continues next week
NALC CEO (Jonathon Owen) will be chairing NALC's next online event, Leaders talk: Building back stronger communities, on 25 August 2020. There is a star-studded line up featuring Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Bill Grimsey, Grimsey review lead and the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter. There... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42 by Alison Robinson
The planning consultation documents were circulated to parish councils last week, we have received several calls asking for a summary:-
The following offer some insights:
https://www.shoosmiths.co.uk/insights/comment/the-planning-white-paper-august-2020 (law firm)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxglevH0UlY&feature=youtu.be (principal council presentation)
https//www.rtpi.org.uk/policy/2020/august/government-planning-reform-proposals-in-england/... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:33 by Alison Robinson
LGA chairman joins NALC online event panel
Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Cllr Jamieson will talk about LGA's latest Re-thinking local campaign, reassessing what we want from local areas, public spaces and communities, having the right tools and resources so councils... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:39 by Alison Robinson
The government has confirmed local (parish and town) councils are not included in their latest financial support package for local government, with district and unitary councils still expected to help them with funding.
A further £500m of non-ringfenced grant, a new scheme to reimburse lost income during the pandemic, and changes to spread tax deficits over three years have been announced by the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:56 by Alison Robinson
Last week, Cotswold District Council issued a £400 fixed penalty notice to an individual following an investigation of a fly-tip found near Northleach. The fly-tip contained household waste items following a clear out of their home.
The Council is working hard to reduce and prevent waste from being dumped illegally; with the ultimate goal to stop fly-tipping in the Cotswolds.
Cllr Andrew Doherty,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:15 by Alison Robinson
Please note: This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.
This information is for those managing council buildings. It signposts to relevant guidance on a range of different activities that... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:58 by Alison Robinson
Local council meetings
Last week NALC updated their dedicated Coronavirus webpage with a statement on local (parish and town) council meetings. Following the government announcement of further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July, both NALC and the Society of Local Council Clerks are strongly advising local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face-to-face contact. You... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:30 by Alison Robinson