Local councils including parish and town councils and parish meetings must return to holding physical meetings from May 7th, 2021. The recent High Court ruling means that the facility to meet and make decisions using virtual meeting arrangements is no longer lawful.

Working with the other six County Associations in the South West Region, we have developed common... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 07 May 2021 14:11 by Sue Creswick

Tags: COVID19, Physical meetings, safe council meetings

CiLCA success

CiLCA success

Congratulations to Hannah Clarke at Rodborough Parish Council on the successful completion of the CiLCA qualification (the sector qualification).

GAPTC will be providing mentoring for the next cohort of CiLCA students - starting October 2021, so if you are interested get in touch.

Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 15:20 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Certificate in Local Council Administration, CiLCA

Paid election volunteers needed

Last year, various local elections and polls were postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They are now going ahead on 6 May 2021, and local authorities are looking for paid volunteers to fill a number of different roles between 6 May - 10 May. They need your help to make sure the polls can run in a COVID-secure and effective way - safe and secure elections are a cornerstone of democracy.... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:07 by Dawn Laird

Tags: Elections

CiLCA success

Congratulations to Arin Spencer of Gorsley & Kilcot, Kempley and Dymock parish councils on gaining her CiLCA qualification. A brilliant achievement.

Posted: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:46 by Dawn Laird

Tags: Certicate in Local Council Administration

Holding council meetings at this sad time

We have been trying to ascertain the correct procedures for holding parish council meetings at this sad time.

It is evident that there is still some confusion and we would advise that if you are holding a meeting this week that it can go ahead, but we would recommend that there is a minute's silence at the start of the meeting and those attending might like to wear sombre clothing or a black armband.... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:56 by Dawn Laird

Tags: Meetings

Returning to face to face meetings

We are receiving a number of enquiries about returning to face-to-face meetings. NALC has confirmed that the legislation enabling us to meet remotely will end on 6 May and that government does not intend to revisit the legislation.

You should consider holding your Annual Parish/Town meeting/assembly remotely before 7 May or after that date consider holding them outside. Annual Meetings have to be held... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 08:49 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, News, face to face meetings


Flag Flying

Where arrangements exist to ensure that only essential staff are going to their place of work it is suggested that no one should be required specifically to travel to various buildings to lower flags to half-mast. If staff are resident on the premises where a flag is being flown and can lower it to half mast then by all means do so, but the health of the wider community outweighs the need... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:23 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Death of a public figure, Guidance, News

Keep going...It will be worth it!

Over the next two weeks, Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) will be reminding people about the things they can now do as of 29 March, whilst looking ahead to the restrictions that are set to ease from Monday 12 April. Find out more about the Government's roadmap.

It's crucial to keep reminding people that whilst we can now socialise outdoors, we must keep taking steps to prevent and further reduce... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 11:02 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, News

COVID-19 vaccination walk in service for over 50s – 1st dose

GP surgery teams are piloting an additional vaccination walk in service on Saturday 3 April (10 to 4pm) in two areas of the county – Gloucester and Cheltenham - for those people aged 50 and over who have yet to take up the offer of their 1st dose.

The bulk of vaccinations have, and continue to be, provided by appointment through 10 GP led primary care network community vaccination centres and... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:39 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, vaccination, walk-in

Government announces remote meeting powers not being extended

Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government will not bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded to express her disappointment, as has the Local Government Association (LGA) in their statement... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 16:42 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, NALC, remote meetings

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