NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Data Protection Bill and GDPR

·This week Jon Owen (NALC CEO) wrote to officials in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Information Commissioner's Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in advance of a joint meetings they were having today and Monday on the Data Protection Bill and General Data Protection Regulation. He wanted to ensure they were all clear about the concerns about the Data Protection Officer requirement, the ways they can help mitigate the impact on our sector and the NALC offer to work with them to find a solution.

Lobby Day

· The annual parliamentary engagement day – Lobby Day – takes place on Tuesday, you can follow it on Twitter via @nalc and the hashtag #NALCLOBBYDAY. Highlights include over 70 meetings organised with MPs so far plus participation on the day from Defra minister Lord Gardiner, MHCLG minister Rishi Sunak MP, deputy speaker Eleanor Laing MP and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy Scott Mann MP.

·A key focus on Tuesday will be to register the sector's concerns about GDPR.

Policy consultations

· NALC would welcome your views on consultations by Defra on waste crime, MHCLG on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework and Committee on Standards in Public Life inquiry into ethical standards (which you can also do through two short supporting online survey of councils and county associations). All three consultation briefings are on the NALC website, you will need to login to access all these documents.

Improvement and Development Board

·The Improvement and Development Board met on Tuesday at the NALC office, here's a brief summary: the Board noted over 900 councils were now either working towards or had achieved accreditation through the Local Council Award Scheme, including 120 councils at Quality level; further material and resources will be circulated to county associations to encourage more councils to get involved in the National Improvement Strategy's cornerstone initiative; work on developing a peer review scheme for larger councils - with the support of Local Government Association – is making good progress and piloting is scheduled to take place in the next few months; the Board had invited Professor Colin Copus from De Montfort University to talk about the Councillor Commission's The Voice of the Councillor report and discuss its findings, welcoming NALC's work taking forward some of the report's recommendations and agreeing to write to LGA and MHCLG about their response.

National Employers pay offer

·Last Friday, GMB announced that its members voted 94 per cent in favour to accept the National Employers' LGS 2018-20 pay offer. UNISON's NJC Committee is meeting today to receive the outcome of its ballot, Unite will follow suit on Wednesday 21 March. The National Employers are next meeting on Tuesday 10 April to further consider their response to pay claims received in respect of Chief Executives, Chief Officers and Craftworkers. If all three unions accept the offer then details confirming the pay award will follow shortly thereafter. However, if one of the other unions rejects the offer then clearly next steps would need to be discussed.

Buckinghamshire unitary looks likely

· Hot on the heels of his decision to reorganise local government in Dorset, Sajid Javid MP announced this week he is 'minded to' approve the bid for a new Buckinghamshire county unitary council, replacing the current borough and district tier areas in the county.

Cornwall up for planning award

· The Cornwall county association entry for the Cornwall Planning Partnership in the Planning Awards 2018 has been shortlisted in the category 'Award for stakeholder engagement in planning'.Winners will be announced at the Awards evening on 6 June 2018.

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:44 by Alison Robinson

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