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CouncilsCan Day

The Local Government Association (LGA) hosted its second #CouncilsCan Day on 10 November, and it was good to see many local councils getting involved and sharing the fantastic work they've been doing. Just some of the great examples included:

  • Hedge End Town Council: managing litter picker walks, which covers upwards of 13,000 steps each day, no matter the weather volunteers show up and do it with a... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Councils Can, LGA, NALC, getting involved, news

GAPTC CEO completes ten marathons in ten days for charity

GAPTC CEO completes ten marathons in ten days for charity

Just before the second lock down I managed to complete the ten in ten challenge that I was supposed to have done in May 2020 (ten laps of Lake Windermere).

There were only 11 people taking part and the conditions were difficult with having to socially distance and the weather being extremely wet (nine out of the ten days were wet).

The will to successfully complete this never left me and I am pleased... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:11 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Fundraising, News

GAPTC subscription fees - 2021/22

The GAPTC Executive Committee met on 21st October to agree the subscription fee for 2021/22.

The 2020/21 subs were 33.2 pence per electorate (this was made up of 26 pence to GAPTC and 7.20 pence to NALC).

At the NALC AGM it was agreed that the NALC contribution would increase from 7.20 pence to 7.42 pence for 2021/22 (an increase of 0.22 pence per elector).

The Executive Committee considered a modelling... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:22 by Alison Robinson

Tags: GAPTC subs, NALC, budgets, finance, subscription rates

Update from NALC on Remembrance Sunday

The government has stated through various communication channels that outdoor Remembrance Sunday services at war memorials and local cenotaphs can still take place, but they should be reduced in size and observe strict social distancing. Communal services of remembrance inside places of worship will not be possible due to the new national restrictions. The government guidance on local authority preparations... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:15 by Anita Sach

Tags: Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

This link to the government website sets out how Remembrance Sunday activities can take place in line with current COVID-19 restrictions and requirements in England.


Posted: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:51 by Anita Sach

Tags: Remembrance Sunday

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Remembrance Sunday

The Government has published guidance on Remembrance Sunday. This states that the COVID-19 Alert Levels, across all tiers, provide for a specific exception for Remembrance Sunday events for participants and spectators, provided the event organiser undertakes appropriate precautions. So local authorities in England can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:36 by Alison Robinson

Tags: NALC, National Association for Local Councils, Remembrance Sunday, carbon audit, climate emergency, finance and scrutiny committee, news

Cotswolds - grant scheme

Caring for the Cotswolds is now open for applications.

Caring for the Cotswolds is a grant scheme for the Cotswolds. It is managed by the Cotswolds National Landscape and supported by businesses and individuals who wish to keep the Cotswolds a special place to live, work and visit. The application form, guidance and project budget are available from the website: https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/looking-after/caring-for-the-cotswolds/apply-for-funding/... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:54 by Alison Robinson

Tags: AONB, area of natural beauty, cotswolds, funding

GAPTC newsletter October 2020

What you can find in this newsletter:‚Äč

Council meetings - face to face or online

VAT advice

Website healthcheck - GAPTC as your critical friend

Risk Management course run by Came & Co

Clerks Online Networking

Autumn training programme including new courses

Council meetings – face to face or online

There are no further updates on council meetings, following the information provided in our 15 September... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:52 by Alison Robinson

Tags: AGM, GAPTC news, VAT advice, clerk networking, training, website health-check

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Climate change event and new case studies publication

NALC started last week with an incredible sell-out online event on rebuilding sustainable communities, hearing from Peter Macfadyen, former mayor of Frome Town Council and member of Extinction Rebellion, Clara Goldsmith from The Climate Coalition, and Sandra Bell from the Friends of the Earth. Recurring themes of the event were collaboration and... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:47 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Smaller Councils Committee; devolution and local government finance; parliamentary select committee; dementia friendly parishes; climate change event; NALC; news

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

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

Tags: COVID19, coronavirus, furlough, job retention scheme, local government reorganisation, toilet tax

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