NALC CEO newsletter - highlighting 'Remote meetings' and 'no council tax referendum principles '
Last week the NALC chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, attended a ministerial roundtable along with colleagues from the Local Government Association plus a ministerial webinar with council leaders. Issues covered the challenges facing councils in supporting the pandemic response, social care, provisional local government finance settlement and remote meetings. On remote meetings, ministers were warned of the potential for council meetings to become spreader events and urged to introduce emergency legislation. Local councils can help on this important issue! Firstly, please consider using two model letters for councillors and councils to highlight the support of remote council meetings to your MP and ministers; these can be adapted and include examples of your own experiences. Secondly, please email NALC at email@example.com with examples of the impact from difficulties you are facing such as cancelled meetings, inquorate meetings or where staff or councillors are unwilling to attend meetings due to health risks.
No council tax referendum principles in 2022/23
On 16 December the secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove MP, published the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/23 which includes the welcome confirmation of no referendum principles for local councils in 2022/23. As you know NALC have continued to lobby for this including through the spending review submission and will be responding to this consultation to continue to push for a multi-year deal and access to dedicated government funding. You can read more including NALC's response in this news story here.
Posted: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 14:43 by Alison Robinson