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NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Meeting of chairman and vice chairmen

The NALC newly elected chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter (Worcestershire), vice-chairman (finance), Cllr Keith Stevens (East Sussex), and vice-chairman (member services), Cllr Mike Drew (Avon), met this week with the NALC Chief Officer and the corporate management team to map out the priorities for the next two years, and how they would work together as a team to promote the sector. Early priorities were influencing the new government, supporting county associations to build capacity, and developing the role of the 43 National Assembly members from each county association.

Lobby Day — 10 March 2020

The annual Lobby Day has become an important part of the engagement with Parliament over the last few years, so it was agreed this should take place on 10 March to coincide with the meeting of National Assembly. Now we have a new government with a large majority it's vital we actively engage locally and nationally with MPs to ensure the sector's views are heard, including on aspects of the Conservative manifesto where the sector can help; NALC are currently drawing up plans to maximise our influence which we will share shortly. Further details to follow but please put the date in your diary!

NALC Policy Committee

Fresh from being elected at December's National Assembly, NALC's Policy Committee met for the first time this year on 14 January at NALC's offices, here are some highlights:

  • Cllr David Francis, Northumberland county association, was elected chairman, and Cllr Lillian Burns, Cheshire county association, vice chairman
  • The Committee held an extensive discussion on priorities and agreed we should focus on engaging with and influencing the new government, including holding Lobby Day on 10 March
  • Progress on campaigns was noted and further actions agreed included writing to UK Finance regarding poor banking services to local councils, collating a list of practical actions councils can take to make a difference to climate change in their areas, and further contact with the Redmond Review and SAAA over our concerns regarding large audit bills which smaller councils often face after repeat vexatious complaints

Further to Newquay Town Council's Sustainable Communities Act proposal, the Committee agreed to encourage engagement with other Super Councils in Cornwall and with the Cornwall county association to agree on a joint approach to Cornwall Council to update its civil parking enforcement partnership document.

Transport Planning Society

On 15 October the NALC policy manager, Chris Borg, and policy officer, Jessica Lancod-Frost, met with The Transport Planning Society. Topics discussed included priorities for the year, connecting The Transport Planning Society with more local councils and the 2020 Transport Planning Day and The People's Award. And if you haven't already, do check out the The Good Councillor's guide to transport planning.

Loneliness guide

The NALC loneliness guide Reaching Out is receiving national attention and was flagged up at a Breaking Barriers Innovations (BBI) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) roundtable on Laying the Foundations for Change, attended by our policy adviser, Andrew Tubb (who is on part-time secondment with us from Cirencester Town Council) The focus was on how to address issues such as loneliness, health and well-being by creating 'prosocial' communities through housing and social infrastructure – you can see the slides from the event here. It's interesting to note that loneliness costs the economy something like £32 billion a year! Don't forget to let us have feedback on the guide and do send us case study examples on what you're doing to counteract loneliness to andrew.tubb@nalc.gov.uk.

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:15 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Lobby Day, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, News, health & wellbeing, loneliness, policy committee, transport planning