Open letter from chairs of NALC, OVW and SLCC
The chairs of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), One Voice Wales (OVW) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) have written an open letter to all local (community, parish and town) councils in England and Wales. The letter reiterates NALC's commitment to work together to lobby on issues that concern us and in providing expert and professional... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:22 by Alison Robinson
We are pleased to announce that Coleford Town Clerk, Chris Haines has attained the CiLCA qualification - another qualified clerk in Gloucestershire.
Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:30 by Alison Robinson
NALC has published a new guide on website accessibility and publishing guidelines.
The website accessibility guide aims to help local parish and town councils ensure their websites meet the needs of all users — especially those with disabilities or impairments that use assistive technology. The guide explains what website accessibility is, how it affects local councils, the requirements, and compliance.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:26 by Kerrin Cocks
Organising a street party
The government has published guidance including tips, advice and support on organising a street party. Councils are encouraged to share the guidance with local residents who may be planning to hold a small, private street party to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in 2022. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has also launched the government's... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:25 by Kerrin Cocks
GAPTC is hosting its first networking session since 2019 at the Parish Rooms in Highnam from 10am–1pm. We kick off the day with our guest speaker, Ashley Jones from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, who will raise awareness of the dangers of economic crime, highlight typical case studies of previous offences and offer advice and tips, as well as signposting resources that will help.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:24 by Kerrin Cocks
Due to the overwhelming response we have had for CiLCA training we will be running two cohorts this year. There are still vacancies for the second cohort which commences on 23 November. This is a vocational qualification and goes a long way to assisting clerks in their work. This is a supported course in that each section is clearly discussed with a mentor so that there is no misunderstanding of what... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:22 by Kerrin Cocks
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has set up panels to peer review applications from Gloucestershire, and other participating county associations, for Foundation, Quality and Quality Gold Local Council Award Scheme applications. The deadlines for 2022 submissions can be found HERE. NALC held a webinar in October, which went through how the scheme works, what information is needed to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:20 by Kerrin Cocks
Let's be honest: Climate Change is inconvenient. We have to stop driving everywhere. We have to walk and cycle more, curtail our air travel and drastically change the way we eat and shop. This is not convenient. However, it is our convenient lifestyles that have led to the disastrous situation we are in. The science is unequivocal: it is human CO2 emissions that are the cause. The only uncertainty... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:04 by Kerrin Cocks
One of the first tasks of our new staff member Kerrin Cocks (Strategic Support Officer) was to update the logo and strapline for GAPTC.
The new logo denotes GAPTC helping councils to support their communities and was developed in consultation with the Executive Committee led by Cllr Jim Harmsworth-Cowles.
Posted: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 15:49 by Alison Robinson