NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)
Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:27 by Alison Robinson
Ledbury case and new legal guidance
Last week Jonathon Owen, chief executive of NALC spoke to Rob Smith, chief executive of Society of Local Council Clerks, to talk about the implications of the high court judgment on a judicial review claim by a councillor against Ledbury Town Council. They both agreed to send a joint letter to the government and the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Local Government Association, to voice concerns about the implications of this decision and request urgent talks.
NALC has also published on the website, new legal guidance on the subject, which includes a summary of the case and its implications, as the decision confines most complaints about councillors to the code of conduct process.
The board met on 19 June 2018. Some of the key outcomes were:
- Councillors noted our audited accounts had been received and showed a welcome surplus
- New financial regulations and a risk management policy were adopted
- Proposals from the Larger Councils Committee for revised terms of reference were agreed
- An extensive discussion on the future direction of NALC
- Feedback received on ongoing discussions with the Association of Local Council Clerks, agreeing to seek the views of county associations on the shape of any new national agreement on salaries and terms and conditions of employment
The committee met on 20 June. Some of the key outcomes were:
- Several policies were considered in NALC's A prospectus for ultra-localism, including the creation of local councils, planning and ethical standards
- Progress in supporting Church of England on church buildings was noted
- A motion from the Cheshire Association of Local Councils on land supply and neighbourhood planning was deferred until research on neighbourhood planning by Cllr Lillian Burns was completed
- A motion from the Shropshire Association of Local Councils on licensing of community transport drivers was amended and approved
NALC's Councillor Census Survey conducted by the Diversity Commission flagged up some interesting statistics that give us a better understanding of our councillors. The commission met on 21 June to discuss the results and how to shape future campaigns in the run-up to the 2019 elections, including producing guidance, tools and resources. Over 2,000 councillors took part in the survey, which provides an insight into what local councils look like in 2018.
The NALC Annual Conference on 30/31 October is shaping up well. Staying on the diversity theme, one of our youngest councillors, Cllr Clare Horrocks from Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, will help you break down barriers to getting more diverse people standing for election.
Parish Online and Pear Technology will be running a digital revolution workshop to help bring your local council up to speed with digital mapping and social media.
Register your place today, making the most of our early bird rates, saving you 25%.