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
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
The Engagement Board met on Friday 15th January at 1pm, there were 21 in attendance.
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.
Steve Hams (coordinating... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:15 by Alison Robinson
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
3 APRIL 2020 L01-20 | THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND POLICE AND CRIME PANELS (CORONAVIRUS) (FLEXIBILITY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY AND POLICE AND CRIME PANEL MEETINGS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2020
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 ("the 2020 Regulations") come in to force on 4 April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:00 by Alison Robinson
Coronavirus examples and impact
More and more local (parish and town) councils have been sharing what they are doing to support their community at this time. NALC have updated and republished the Coronavirus case studies publication to include over 150 examples, but please do keep sharing what you are doing. Next week NALC will be requesting information on the financial impact on your council.
Accounts... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:34 by Alison Robinson
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.
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
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
Cirencester Town Council
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
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