NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Climate change event and new case studies publication

NALC started last week with an incredible sell-out online event on rebuilding sustainable communities, hearing from Peter Macfadyen, former mayor of Frome Town Council and member of Extinction Rebellion, Clara Goldsmith from The Climate Coalition, and Sandra Bell from the Friends of the Earth. Recurring themes of the event were collaboration and that no action is too small! They also published a case study publication which highlights the fantastic work local councils are undertaking around climate change which is here.

NALC dementia guide at Number 10

One of the areas of NALC's work has been on building dementia-friendly communities, working closely with the Alzheimer's Society and University of Plymouth. Please see the upcoming guide on dementia which made its first appearance at Number 10! The formal launch is being finalised so watch this space.

Expert panel on hidden disabilities announced

Staying on the subject of hidden disabilities, last week NALC unveiled the line-up for the expert panel for the Leaders Talk online event on 30 October. This includes Cllr Liz Hitchins, chair of Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm, Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society, and Ian Sheriff, academic partnership lead for dementia at the University of Plymouth. This event is sponsored by BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA and Parish Online, prices start from just £30 so register your place and find out more about this event.

NALC chairman addresses the select committee

"Local councils are fundamental, not incidental to levelling up agenda" was a key message conveyed by the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, to a Parliamentary select committee this week. Jonathon Owen (NALC Chief Executive) was invited to address the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee at the start of their oral evidence session on their inquiry into post-pandemic economic growth and levelling up. Sue also pushed the prospectus to ask of improving links with regional structures such as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS), securing a commitment to address this from the chairman of the LEP network! You can read more in our news story here and watch the committee session again here.

Meeting with shadow local government minister

Colleagues from the policy and communications team held a briefing meeting with the senior policy researcher to the shadow local government minister, Kate Hollern MP, on 2 October. This was a really good opportunity for the sector to continue to build links and promote our tier of local government and policy agenda, with issues covered including devolution and local government finance.

NALC Smaller Councils Committee

NALC's Smaller Councils Committee met on 29 September, here are a few highlights:

  • The Committee strongly urged smaller councils to continue to meet remotely
  • Committee members provided updates on the latest coronavirus situation in their areas
  • A discussion took place on how to get smaller councils involved in the devolution process
  • The member services team provided updates on work NALC had undertaken to support local councils since the last meeting, the Local Council Award Scheme review and on progressing e-learning

Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:47 by Alison Robinson

Tags: Smaller Councils Committee; devolution and local government finance; parliamentary select committee; dementia friendly parishes; climate change event; NALC; news