Author: Alison Robinson
Toilet Tax Bill enters Parliament
Legislation to end the toilet tax entered Parliament last week, which when enacted will save the sector millions of pounds. This has been a key campaign over the last few years to exempt local (parish and town) councils from paying business rates on toilets they own or manage. The snappily titled Non Domestic Rating (Public Conveniences) Bill received its First Reading... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:14 by Alison Robinson
Congratulations to Quedgeley Town Council on achieving Quality Gold in the Local Council Award Scheme.
The assessment panel met with the council (staff and councillors) today and a tour of projects/services was provided.
This is a brilliant achievement and shows another local council working to an exemplar standard.
Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:44 by Alison Robinson
NALC is delighted to invite entries to the Star Council Awards, which we are running for the fifth successive year in 2019.
The awards are a fantastic opportunity for local (parish and town) councils, councillors, clerks and county associations to showcase how they have made a positive difference locally. They are the only awards in England to recognise the contribution local councils make to their... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:34 by Alison Robinson
The Expo is an opportunity to mix with key industry suppliers to the sector - on Friday 21 June in Worcestershire https://www.chateau-impney.com/ which looks like a really good event, an excellent opportunity for councillors, clerks and county associations to rub shoulders with others in the sector and to meet with nearly 30 suppliers and see what is happening in the wider world and available... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:29 by Alison Robinson
Chartered Parish Group meeting - 5th June 7.00pm - 9.00pm at GL3 Community Hub in Churchdown, GL3 1HX
The Gloucestershire Chartered Parishes meeting - 5th June 2019
7.00pm until 9.00pm
GL3 Community Hub, Cheltenham Road East (B4063), Churchdown, GL3 1HX
1. Welcome and introductions - Amy Davies (Gloucestershire County Council)
2. Notes and outcomes from previous meeting - Amy Davies
3. Highways update - Jenny Goodson (Area Highway Manager, GCC)
4. Presentation on partnership working within the utilities... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 05 Jun 2019 13:48 by Alison Robinson
Cyber Security accreditation
NALC have announced their successful accreditation to the Cyber Essentials scheme, which demonstrates their commitment to data and cybersecurity. You can find further information and five jargon-free technical measures to help protect your organization from cyber threats here along with full information regarding accreditation.
Data protection fees
The Information Commissioner's... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2019 16:09 by Alison Robinson
More Local Council Award Scheme success. This time for Newent Town Council who have achieved 'Quality' level with an excellent application.
Posted: Tue, 28 May 2019 14:39 by Alison Robinson
Meeting with housing minister
The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, and head of policy and communications, Justin Griggs, met the housing minister, Kit Malthouse MP, last week, primarily to discuss neighbourhood planning.
- Sue welcomed his engagement with NALC and the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, in particular through Lobby Day, outlining the important role of local (parish and town) councils... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 May 2019 11:54 by Alison Robinson
Judicial review outcome
The court has concluded a decision by Slough Borough Council to abolish two parish councils was flawed and should be quashed. The recent judicial review case of Britwell Parish Council v Slough Borough Council has given us some helpful guidance on the interpretation of the law and government guidance on community governance reviews. Well done to all colleagues involved in supporting... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:35 by Alison Robinson