NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Communities Week (9-15 September)

A heads up that Communities Week, organised by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will take place in the week commencing 9 September. Plans for the week are being finalised by MHCLG and further updates will be provided in due course. But in the meantime, it would be great if local councils could consider what you can do throughout that week to promote our vital contribution to building strong communities. A few ideas include: getting some media coverage such as in the local newspaper or radio, using your social media channels to promote your work and projects, likewise tagging on to an existing event you have planned and invite your MP to attend.

Tree Charter project

The policy and communications intern, Claire Goldfinch, visited The Woodland Trust in Grantham on 22 August to discuss plans for the Tree Charter Day on 30 November, where tree planting will be the main focus. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has detected more than 74,000 fires between January and August in Brazil – this is the highest number detected since records began in 2013! And 9,500 forest fires have been observed since just 15 August, mostly in the Amazon region. Local councils can play their part in combatting this loss to trees around the world by planting trees for Tree Charter Day through three easy steps: put the date in your diary and sign up to the tree charter here; identify any space you have where a tree can be planted; get in touch with claire.goldfinch@nalc.gov.uk if you would like to receive free trees from the Woodland Trust and for more information about Tree Charter Day.

Plunkett Foundation meeting

The NALC policy and development manager, Chris Borg, attended the advisory group of Plunkett Foundation's Inspire programme in Birmingham on 22 August. The purpose of the programme is to provide support to rural community businesses, issues covered at the meeting included: programme evaluation which NALC will be involved in; publishing a joint article encouraging local councils to use their powers to support and create rural community businesses; the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy holding a session on rural community business; and research Plunkett have commissioned from the University of Oxford on social prescribing. You can find out more about the Inspire programme here.

NALC Annual Conference 2019

NALC's Annual Conference 2019 at the Doubletree By Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes on 28/29 October is fast approaching and here's a couple of exciting programme updates: a plenary panel session on climate change will include Suzanne Jeffery, chair, Campaign against Climate Change, and Chaitanya Kumar, Green Alliance. The Investing in your Community workshop by the Co-operative Councils' Innovation Network (CCIN), including how local councils are tackling austerity, will feature Cllr Sharon Taylor, chair, CCIN, Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council, and Cllr Donna Fuller and Steve McNay, Woughton Community Council. If you haven't already registered then do book now!

Government visits Falmouth Town Council

Government officials visited Falmouth Town Council this week to find out more about their partnership model of working with the Business Improvement District. Officials from the Cities and Local Growth Unit in MHCLG made the trip to Cornwall to visit many areas including Falmouth to examine place-based regeneration, especially place-making in the high street and how to achieve better balancing between private and public partnerships, including how to share best practice. This was a great opportunity for the town council to promote their vital role in the partnership, and among other things to reiterate our call for local councils to be able to bid directly for government funds!‚Äč

And finally...

In the last two weeks, a further 1,000 councillors and councils have taken part in our research into May's local elections, taking the total to over 3,000 responses so far! Whether you're holidaying abroad, on a staycation, or hard at work, do take a few minutes to share your views through the survey for councillors and councilsthe closing date is 27 September.

Posted: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:57 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Communities week, GAPTC, NALC, NALC Annual Conference, National Association for Local Councils, Plunkett Fouindation, Tree charter, local council visits, local elections research, news