NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

NALC's #RebuildingCommunities online event series continues next week

NALC CEO (Jonathon Owen) will be chairing NALC's next online event, Leaders talk: Building back stronger communities, on 25 August 2020. There is a star-studded line up featuring Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Bill Grimsey, Grimsey review lead and the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter. There are still a few spaces left, so register your place today and be part of this exciting event.

Letter from Simon Clarke MP

NALC has received a letter from Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government at MHCLG. It thanks organisations across local government that "have responded so magnificently to the challenge of ensuring that vital council business continues by conducting your council meetings remotely". The letter also provides information on changes to the regulations that affect Parish Meetings — you can find out more in our legal briefing. It also contains a range of useful information and guidance on several topics related to council meetings, all of which align with NALC's views. The letter also includes information on the six-month attendance rule, which might affect some councillors if they have not been attending meetings during the pandemic, so it's worth checking that information.

New guide on community business
NALC has partnered with the Plunkett Foundation and Power to Change and will release a new guide on community business, later this year.

The Good Councillor's guide to community business will aim to help local (parish and town) councils better understand the principles of what a community business is, their benefits and help consider whether it would be beneficial for their area.

As part of the guide, stories and experiences will be essential. NALC are calling for anyone involved previously with a local council, community business collaboration, or partnered project to share their knowledge and get in touch at alison.macklin@plunkett.co.uk. You could feature as a case study too!

LGA code of conduct consultation

NALC responded to the LGA's draft code of conduct consultation — available on our website (login required). To form the response, we worked with several partners including the LGA, NALC's Policy Committee, the Society Local Councils Clerks, as well as taking part in two webinars set up by the LGA, which the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter attended. NALC continue to work with the LGA as the final code is produced and will provide updates on any developments.

LGA remote meetings survey

NALC has been working with the LGA and other national stakeholders to support councils at all tiers of local government about remote meetings. To support that work and help inform the next stages, the LGA is asking local councils to complete a short survey by 4 September 2020.

Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42 by Alison Robinson

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