NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

NALC Management Board

There was a full house in attendance (remotely of course!) for NALC's Management Board on 17 June, here are a few highlights:

  • The board agreed to support the proposal discussed at last year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to increase the NALC affiliation fee to 7.42 pence per elector from next April, subject to agreement by the National Assembly and this year's AGM
  • Councillors supported escalating our lobbying activity with the government to secure a dedicated package of financial support for those local (parish and town) councils most financially impacted by the pandemic
  • Agreement subject to some further work on proposals to focus NALC's financial services support on national publications and guidance
  • They noted NALC's own financial position was broadly on track, and that our Finance and Scrutiny Committee would be looking at this year's draft accounts in July.

NALC National Assembly

Also on 17 June, around 30 councillors from county associations participated in a remote pilot meeting of our National Assembly as a forerunner for their formal meeting next month, here's a summary:

  • Colleagues tested out their Zoom expertise and shared what had been happening in their areas over the last few months
  • They thanked officers at the county and national level for all their hard work supporting our councils and noted that the regular Zoom meetings were working well
  • Local councils had done a tremendous job supporting their communities including coordinating volunteers
  • Both councils and county associations had adapted well to holding remote meetings, with online training for councillors proceeding well
  • Other positives included many county associations working closely with principal councils and other agencies, but areas concerns flagged up included poor broadband in some areas and the lack of open public conveniences some popular areas as lockdown eased

New legal guidance

Legal Topic Note 8: Elections has been updated to make it more relevant for the needs of local councils and to clarify our guidance on co-option. It is now called Elections and co-option. Legal briefing L15-08 has been removed from the website. Do please note that the updated LTN should be read in conjunction with our Legal Briefing L03-20.

In and about

  • Claire Goldfinch, projects officer, attended a webinar hosted by Frome Town Council on 17 June on the climate emergency. Over 30 people from different tiers of local government and climate action groups heard how examples of action to combat the climate emergency. The webinar will available for you to watch shortly!

And finally!
Colleagues at Community Organisers have published a new book Community Organising Prepared which will be of interest to those of you who want to learn more about community organising and understand what makes it distinct from other community-based approaches.

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Elections and Co-option, LTN update, NALC, NALC affiliation fee, National Assembly, National Association of Larger Councils, News