NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

National Assembly
NALC's parliament of elected representatives made up of councillors from each of the 43 county associations – the National Assembly – held its final meeting of the calendar year on 11 December at the offices of CCLA (one of our partners) in the City of London, here are a few highlights:

  • The meeting saw elections to leadership positions and committees for the next two years. The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, was re-elected unopposed, as was Cllr Keith Stevens for the continuing role of vice-chairman (finance). Cllr Mike Drew was elected to the new role of vice-chairman (member services) and his task will now be to work closely with the head of member services, Charlotte Eisenhart, on NALC provision of advice and support to county associations and member local (parish and town) councils.
  • The NALC CEO gave a presentation on proposals to take forward their new strategic plan for the sector and NALC, setting out deliverables against each strategic aims. The first meetings of each of the Committees in the New Year have been tasked with developing their work programmes to support this. The presentation slides are in the member area of the NALC website in the National Assembly part of the Committees section (login required)
  • Councillors noted the activity report from the last quarter and both Charlotte and Justin Griggs, head of policy and communications, supplemented this with some additional highlights including engagement with county associations, growing our partnerships, annual conference, the new health and well-being web page and other resources
  • There were excellent discussions on the two current hot topics of the development of a model code of conduct by the Local Government Association, and the website accessibility regulations, with councillors providing helpful feedback and a steer on how we should be approaching these issues over the coming months including with the new Government

General Election
The Conservatives secured a substantial majority of nearly 80 seats in the General Election. NALC are digesting the results and will be setting out more next week – including writing to ministers across Government as they are announced – on how we can work with the new government to build strong communities and the important role of local councils. You can check out the results in your area on the BBC website. And in case you missed it last week, here's our summary of the General Election manifestos.

Surveillance Camera Commissioner letter to local councils
The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has written to local councils in England and Wales reminding them of the rules around the use of surveillance camera systems in public places – read more in our news story.

Dementia Friends training for NALC staff
As part of NALC's work on health and wellbeing, on 13 December NALC held a dementia training session at the NALC office for staff. Thanks to Professor Ian Sherriff BEM, academic partnership lead for dementia at the University of Plymouth, and chair of the Prime Minister's Rural Dementia Group, and Cllr Liz Hitchins, chair of Dementia friendly parishes around the Yealm, for an engaging, insightful and thought provoking session.

Pay scales for 2020/21
Around this time of year, NALC usually announce the new pay scales for local council clerks for the next financial year. You might be aware that these pay scales are based on the local government pay scales negotiated by the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services. The NJC has stated that there will be no progress on negotiations until next year and you can read more on their website.

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:12 by Alison Robinson

Tags: General Election, NALC, National Assembly, News, dementia, pay scales, surveillance cameras