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

Spending Round 2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid delivered the Spending Round 2019 on 4 September in Parliament, setting out departmental spending plans for 2020/21. Headlines for local government include: principal authorities will have access to a £1.5 million social care down payment next year; an increase in business rate baseline levels to match inflation; £54 million of new funding to reduce homelessness; £241 million towards the regeneration of town centres through the Towns Fund in 2020/21; the Fairer Funding Review delayed until 2020/21 which will consider business rates retention. Ahead of the Spending Round, NALC restated the ongoing call for flexible and diverse funding; NALC will be continuing to press this with the government including through the local government finance settlement.

NALC Finance and Scrutiny Committee

NALC's Finance and Scrutiny Committee met on 3 September, in advance of the draft minutes being made available, here are some highlights:

  • The Committee was pleased to welcome Simon Young from our auditors, Milton Avis. He presented the final audited accounts for the year to 31 March 2019, which were received with an unqualified report, noting that changes in income were reflected in matching changes to cost of sales and that expenses were well controlled. Scrutiny work requested by the Committee had given additional assurances that sound systems are in place and are operating as expected. The committee warmly welcomed and agreed to the report, which will be presented to the annual general meeting on 28 October
  • Councillors received the first quarter management accounts and noted a small gain against the budget
  • All three heads of service reported on income and expenditure, providing assurances with these were proceeding in accordance with requirements and are expected to meet budgets for year-end
  • Updates on the risk register and General Data Protection Regulation were noted

Certificate in Local Council Administration

The Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) operations group – which provides management oversight of the CiLCA qualification and reports to the Improvement and Development Board – met via teleconference on 4 September. Items discussed included plans for webinar training, the revised referrals policy and updates on the latest statistics.

DIS

The latest issue of DIS has been circulated to subscribers today. DIS is a fortnightly publication keeping you up-to-date to with the latest news, events and funding opportunities. You can subscribe today to get your copy of DIS.

And finally...

Next week from 9 – 13 September is Communities Week, an annual celebration of the workpeople, organisations and businesses across the country do, day in day out, to improve their neighbourhoods. Use #CommunitiesWeek2019 to talk to the public about what your mission is when it comes to building strong communities, what impact have you had this year and what more do you have coming down the track to make your communities even stronger. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Tweet or post on Facebook or Instagram to mark the beginning of the week - saying why it matters to you! You can also copy in your key partners or volunteers to like, share and help promote the week to a wider audience.
  • Do you have any pictures or footage of your work with communities? If so, could you post or repost this content?
  • If you have time, think about going out and capturing an interview or two with an employee who isn't afraid of the limelight – and perhaps include some footage of your community projects in action. Use a mobile phone if you have no access to a camera.

Posted: Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:46 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, National Association for Local Councils, Funding, finance, scrutiny, DIS, CiLCA, Certicate in Local Council Administration, Spending Round 2019