Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester
GL2 4LY

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Policy Committee

The NALC Policy Committee, which oversees the policy-making and campaigning work, met on 6 March, here are a few highlights in advance of the draft minutes being available:

  • An extensive discussion on the flexible and diverse funding theme of NALC's A prospectus for ultra-localism, with a particular focus on our policy on business rate reform, where it was agreed our submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review should press for involvement in business rate retention pilots and continue to make the case for a share of business rates
  • The committee noted with concern a number of recent government funding initiatives on parks, high streets, Brexit and disabled people wanting to stand for election, were not open to local (parish and town) councils; this is an issue our chairman Cllr Sue Baxter will be raised directly with the local government minister, Rishi Sunak MP, in their meeting next week
  • A motion from the Essex Association of Local Councils was supported seeking clarification from the government on funding church building repairs
  • The committee agreed on a policy position on Charter Trustees as well as advocacy and support activity aimed at creating new local councils in those areas

Other meetings and events

  • Gurvynda Paddan-White, solicitor, was at the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils larger councils meeting on 6 March for a soft launch of new practical guidance on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which we have commissioned from the planning think-tank Planning Futures, who also attended. I'm pleased to say the briefing was well received, prompting some lively discussions on planning and decision making in general, as well as CIL experiences in Oxfordshire. A number of case studies and examples are being developed for inclusion in the guidance which we will be available in due course.
  • Gary Barker, solicitor, gave an update on current legal issues at the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils event on Saturday 2 March; the event was well attended by around 60 clerks and councillors, with discussions on a wide variety of topics from GDPR to elections.
  • On 5 March Sue had the pleasure of attending the Aviva Community Fund finale event in Manchester
  • A very positive meeting with colleagues from CCLA took place earlier this week and they have agreed to continue the partnership for another year which will benefit NALC, county associations and local councils.

And finally...

Ordnance Survey (OS) is working with the Geospatial Commission on a survey looking at how local councils use maps, and to help OS understand how they can better support the use of maps and mapping data within local councils. It's open until 21 March 2019 and I'd like to encourage as many councils as possible to respond, even if you aren't a frequent user of OS data or maps! If you haven't received the survey and would like to get involved and share your views, please email insights@os.uk

Posted: Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:15 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Policy committee, CIL, Community Infrastructure Levy, Ordnance Survey, OS, News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils