NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Finance Committee

·The NALC Finance Committee met on Tuesday: the Committee considered the budget for 2018/19, management accounts for the first quarter and audited accounts for the year to 31 March; the committee clarified any points as necessary and endorsed the terms of reference for the new Finance and Scrutiny Committee; the external auditors presented their annual report and accounts which were unqualified, they confirmed NALC was in a healthy financial position with a strong cash position and robust balance sheet.

Star Councils 2017 long list announced

·Last week NALC announced the long list for the prestigious Star Councils 2017. Huge thanks to everyone who applied across the 6 categories and congratulations to the those entries who have made it this far. The judges now have the difficult and unenviable task of assessing the remaining 50 entries and whittling them down to just 3 finalists in each category before the winner is announced at the NALC annual conference dinner on 30 October.

Join our Larger Councils' Committee

·NALC are looking for councillors and clerks to get involved in NALC by putting themselves forward for election to the Larger Councils' Committee. The Committee plays an important role in our governance structure as the voice of larger councils, championing their interests as well as shaping and overseeing our work and support. Membership of the committee includes councillors from the National Council plus councillors and clerks from larger councils through direct election. So if you're from a larger council and want to have a say on and influence NALC policy and the support we provide to larger councils, please apply!

Partnership with BHIB

·NALC have agreed a new partnership with insurance brokers BHIB to provide tailor made support and protection for local councils and communities. BHIB is the preferred partner of Aviva, the long-standing insurance provider in the local council sector, and chosen to replace Aon. Aviva has confirmed their ongoing support and involvement with NALC and has endorsed and confirmed their confidence in BHIB. In the current climate and with local councils providing an ever growing range of services it is more important than ever to have sector experts can be relied on and who can support local councils endeavours.

Create a Council campaign networking event

· This year's NALC annual conference will include a networking event to bring together local people and groups from right across the country who are in the process of setting up a new parish council. This important national get together – which is being delivered in partnership with the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes county association and is supported by the Big Lottery Fund – gives these campaigns the space and opportunity to hear and learn from each other, share top tips and practical advice as well as informing our ongoing and future work.

Konichiwa parish councils

·And finally for many years there has been considerable interest from Japan in UK local government and parish councils in particular. Alert students among the regular attendees of the NALC Larger Councils Conference will have noticed the consistent presence of senior officials from the Japan Local Government Centre. Such interest continued this week as a delegation of academics from Japan visited March Town Council in Cambridgeshire and Queen's Park Community Council in London before a final stop at NALC to hear more about NALC's work.

Posted: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:37 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Finance Committee, Insurance, Larger Councils, NALC, NALC Annual Conference, National Association for Local Councils, News, Star Councils