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
NALC Management Board
There was a full house in attendance (remotely of course!) for NALC's Management Board on 17 June, here are a few highlights:
- The board agreed to support the proposal discussed at last year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to increase the NALC affiliation fee to 7.42 pence per elector from next April, subject to agreement by the National Assembly and this year's AGM
- Councillors supported... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson
The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a consultation on a new model member code of conduct.
High standards of conduct and behaviour are of huge importance to the local (parish and town) council sector as they are needed to protect the integrity of decision making, maintain public confidence, and safeguard local democracy.
NALC are encouraging local councils and county associations of local... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:02 by Alison Robinson
We have updated our Covid 19 page with guidance for our members on reopening offices, outdoor facilities and public parks as well as some useful risk assessment templates.
Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:20 by Anita Sach
We are getting reports of councillors receiving emails claiming to be from the council chairman, but in fact are phishing emails. Some just ask for a response and some ask for i-tunes vouchers. The emails are from a variety of gmail accounts so we recommend that you block the sender and definitely do not respond.
Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:28 by Anita Sach
As lockdown restrictions are eased, many people in charge of Community Buildings will be considering how to open safely after this significant period of closure.
GRCC will be hosting a session via Zoom on 'Opening up Community Buildings' in which they will share guidance to help your committee consider the risks and challenges around opening your building again.
The sessions available are:
Session 1:... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:35 by Anita Sach
We have added two very useful risk assessment checklists to the documents section (under R) for reopening council offices and for the general workplace during the Covid 19 pandemic. These have kindly been provided by BHIB Councils Insurance.
Posted: Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:28 by Anita Sach