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GAPTC newsletter Feb 2021

What you can find in this newsletter:

Census 2021 - order posters by 24 February

NALC's MakeAChange campaign for the May 2021 elections (Stroud District councils only)

Section 137 limit for 2021-22

2020 amended Standing Orders

Updated NALC Local Council Award Scheme

21/22 Salary Scales

Gloucestershire Police campaign encouraging drivers not to use mobile phones while driving

Nominations for CPRE Gloucestershire Awards 2021

Gloucestershire Stone Stile Project

Are you reviewing the future of your town or village?

Census 2021 - order posters by 24 February

The Office of National Statistics is taking orders for publicity posters and leaflets about the Census but must receive orders by 24 February. Email 2021census.la.liaison@ons.gov.uk with contact name and delivery address. Posters are A3 in size and leaflets contain information on how to get help, support services and phone numbers. Deliveries will be made in early March.

NALC's #MakeAChange campaign for the May 2021 elections (Stroud District councils only)
With thousands of councillor seats up for renewal, the campaign aims to help local councils promote the elections and encourage more people to put themselves forward for election. The #MakeAChange campaign encourages local councils to engage with as many residents from their community as possible. It will help improve local councils through a variety of experiences, skills and knowledge, and will help councils become representative of their communities.

NALC has produced some resources for you to use to help residents stand for election: Editable elections flyer — easy-to-read information about local elections; editable A4 posters and A3 posters — quick and precise way to publicise the local elections; editable press release — a template to help publicise local elections through the local media in your area; information sheet for prospective candidates — all the information you need to know about local councils and the role of councillors; social media assets — includes images and suggested posts for social media channels. Click here for further information ELECTIONS (nalc.gov.uk)

Section 137 limit for 2021-22

The new amount for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 will be £8.41.

2020 amended Standing Orders

Section 18 of the model Standing Orders (available in the documents section of the website) was amended in December to show the amended EU procurement threshold figures. Please note that this section still applies, even though we are no longer in the EU, and we suspect that at some stage the wording will be changed to reflect that it applies to the UK. It is about being able to contract services and supplies in an open market.

Updated NALC Local Council Award Scheme

NALC has updated the criteria for the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS), following the review last year. From February 2021, applications will now need to be completed in line with the new criteria. The application form has also been updated in line with the new changes. All applications received to the national panel for the May 2021 round and consequent rounds will be assessed in accordance with the new criteria. The next application deadline for local (parish and town) councils is 7 May 2021. All applications are assessed by NALC in London and further Information, including the dates for the national panel, can be found on the NALC website Local Council Award Scheme (nalc.gov.uk)

21/22 salary scales

Negotiations have only just started between the unions and the Local Government Association and it will probably be early summer before any decisions are made. We will share the 21/22 salary scales as soon as we receive them.

Gloucestershire Police campaign encouraging drivers not to use mobile phones while driving

Gloucestershire Police have asked us to highlight their campaign in our newsletters. It's a fact that driving is one of the most mentally demanding things you can do and just getting behind the wheel is a huge responsibility for drivers, passengers and other road users. RoSPA state that 98% of collisions are caused by human error with only 2% caused by unavoidable issues such as mechanical breakdown. Research has found that using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of having an incident by up to four times. 17% of all drivers – and 35% of under 25 year olds – say they check texts, email or social media while driving with only 15% of drivers following official Government advice by putting their phone in the glove compartment while driving. During these times it is even more important than ever to keep the roads safe for all to protect the NHS.

Nominations for Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire Awards scheme 2021

CPRE is looking for nominations for its 2021 awards. If you know of any recently completed projects in Gloucestershire's towns, villages and countryside which are really outstanding in their contribution to their environment or to the local community and should be specially recognised, go to the CPRE website for further information.

CPRE has also provided a poster (attached) to promote the awards to the community.

Gloucestershire Stone Stile project

The Gloucestershire Association of Parish & Town Councils (GAPTC) works closely with many partners across Gloucestershire and this CPRE-supported project has been brought to our attention by the co-ordinator, Peter Wilson of Woodchester Valley Village. The project has been running for some 6 months and has recorded, with contemporary photographs, over 400 Gloucestershire stone stiles. This has been achieved with the active participation of over 120 volunteers, in some cases encouraged by local Parish Councillor interest.

There is no comprehensive record of these ancient landmarks and the height of slab stiles can be a menace to walkers, but there are ways of dealing with this without destroying the ancient stone stile and so preserving part of our countryside heritage. There are gaps in the areas which volunteers are covering and councils are asked to promote awareness of the project to their parishioners to encourage them, when out walking, to record any stone stiles which they encounter and send photos to the project co-ordinator at peter.wilson@woodchestervalleyvillage.co.uk

Are you reviewing the future of your town or village?

Many town and village centres were suffering before the Covid pandemic, and several town and parish councils are now taking the opportunity to lead on improvements for the future. Andrew Maliphant, a retired Gloucestershire clerk, regeneration professional and author of the Local Regeneration Handbook, can help councils with a free informal discussion about the stages of recovery and the options for action; a workshop session with councillors looking at local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats leading to objectives for local improvements; and a fuller work programme including setting up a local "Town Team" with residents and partner organisations, looking at long-term strategy and delivering quick wins (bringing in highways and planning specialists under the banner of The Community Works). For further information email a.maliphant@btinternet.com.

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 15:25 by Alison Robinson

Tags: 21/22 salary scales, CPRE, Census 2021, LCAS, Local Council Award Scheme, Regeneration, S137 limit, Stone stile project, amended Standing Orders, road safety