ENABLING PARISH & TOWN COUNCILS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE SINCE 1939

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Government confirms May elections

The Government has officially confirmed local elections will go ahead on May 6.

A delivery plan has been published detailing guidance for the polls under COVID-19 restrictions.

Councils have been told they will receive £15m to help with COVID-related pressures.

Requirements will include asking voters to bring pens and pencils, and to wear masks at polling stations. Voters will also be able to appoint... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2021 14:20 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, Elections, news

Remote meetings - regulations not extending beyond 7th May 2021

Extending the remote meeting regulations

The government is not currently planning to extend the remote meeting regulations beyond 7 May 2021. Along with other local government bodies, NALC is continuing to press for this extension. We are also preparing guidance for local councils on preparing for and managing the return to physical meetings in May and beyond.

Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:14 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, NALC, news, remote meetings

Engagement Board - Covid19 update

The Engagement Board met on Friday 15th January at 1pm, there were 21 in attendance.

Statistics

There has been an increase in occupancy rates in hospital.

There are higher rates of positive tests but it is reducing.

The greater proportion of tests have been in the 20-to-59-year age group.

There is a higher rate of deaths in hospital than in a community setting.

Vaccination programme

Steve Hams (coordinating... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:15 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, GAPTC, News, Vaccinations

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Covid19 Job Retention Scheme and furlough fraud

There have been recent headlines about a crackdown on furlough fraud. This tends to focus on employers who have provided inaccurate or false information, or who have then broken furlough rules – in the main by having furloughed staff continue to work. Local (parish and town) councils should be advised to only provide accurate and true information... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 15:31 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, coronavirus, furlough, job retention scheme, local government reorganisation, toilet tax

COVID19 - information on furlough leave

Government Job Retention Scheme

The government have introduced a scheme to allow some employers to furlough certain members of staff and reclaim a proportion of their salaries.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme?mc_cid=418dabbded&mc_eid=99e6ae284a

The government job Retention Scheme is available to public sector organisations and the guidance... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:01 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, Coronavirus, NALC, advice, furlough leave, news

Gloucestershire Community Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

About the Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund

This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.

Subject to available funds, our initial... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:08 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, Coronavirus, VCS, community and voluntary sector, community support, funding, news

Parish councils taking action during COVID 19 crisis - tell us what you are doing

Cirencester Town Council

Electorate: 15,794

Precept: £998,750 Expenditure: £1,133,750

Andrew Tubb, CEO, said:

"These are extremely concerning and worrying times for everyone in our community; local councils across the country have a role of community leadership in reaching out to ensure that people feel safe and can access support."

Initially, the council's main priority was to ensure continuous... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:10 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, community support, coronavirus, gloucestershire, news, sharing best practice

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin


This week NALC wrote a joint letter with the Society of Local Councils Clerks to the sector to commend your efforts but also asking you to stop holding meetings. The new Coronavirus Act includes a measure on local authority meetings but new regulations are now needed before councils are allowed to hold meetings remotely. NALC are pressing for progress on this as a matter of urgency.

NALC have been updating... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:18 by Alison Robinson

Tags: COVID19, Coronavirus, LGA, LGC magazine, Local Government Association, NALC, NALC management board, advice, news, precept statistics

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