NALC Chief Executive's bulletin
Judicial review outcome
The court has concluded a decision by Slough Borough Council to abolish two parish councils was flawed and should be quashed. The recent judicial review case of Britwell Parish Council v Slough Borough Council has given us some helpful guidance on the interpretation of the law and government guidance on community governance reviews. Well done to all colleagues involved in supporting the parish councils, especially colleagues at the Berkshire Association of Local Councils. You can read the court judgment in full here, NALC will be updating their legal guidance in due course.
The Telegraph article on local elections
Some of you will have seen The Telegraphon 23 April about the forthcoming local elections and reports of councils struggling to fill seats. They used a quote from NALC: "We are pretty upfront about the challenges that the forthcoming local elections faces, given what's happening in Westminster and the fact people lead such busy and changing lives, but it is far from doom and gloom. We already have across the country more than 100,000 people, local heroes, who are spending their time and energy helping their communities. This should be celebrated and recognised more. But reform is needed to the whole local election process and better collection of national data, and NALC will continue to press the government and other organisations such as the Electoral Commission on these. Local councils are actually becoming one of the most important parts of local government as they are closest to the people and covering the issues that really matter in a time of real disenchantment. They are the only growing part too as several are created each year."
Over the Summer NALC plan to undertake another review of the local elections in tandem with the Diversity Commission.
There's still time to tell NALC your views on two consultations which are underway on audit and highways. Next week we will be responding to the National Audit Office Code of Practice consultation, you can read more in our news story but do get your skates on and send comments by close of play on 30 April to firstname.lastname@example.org. NALC will also be responding to the Department for Transport consultation on Traffic Commissioners, more time on this one and again views to Chris by 11 June 2019, click here to read the news story. We recently submitted a response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Local Government Finance, log in to the members' area of the NALC website here for the response.
Please note you need to contact GAPTC if you don't have the separate NALC website log in details.
Borrowing approval guidance
This week NALC have added to the Development Tools section of the member's area of the website five really helpful documents which local councils should refer to when submitting an application for borrowing approval. These include a presentation from Shafi Khan, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to the recent county officers finance day, a handy tips sheet, a hints and tips note, a resident questionnaire, and a template cash-flow forecast table.
CiLCA Trainers Forum
The NALC policy officer, Jessica Lancod-Frost, attended the latest Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) Trainers Forum held in Birmingham yesterday. Over 25 recognised CiLCA trainers came together with Elisabeth Skinner and Di Morgan from the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and experienced trainer Kim Bedford to discuss a range of issues including the latest report from the awarding body Ascentis, linking CiLCA to the Local Council Award Scheme, quality assurance of training and how to handle multiple referrals for the same module.
Management Board minutes
Just to let you know the draft minutes of the meeting of the Management Board held on 2 April are now available in the member's area of the website (login required).
Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:35 by Alison Robinson