On 25 November, the chancellor of the exchequer delivered the Spending Review which sets the government's departmental budgets for 2021/22. The chancellor's statement included announcements and new investment on a range of issues of interest to local government including council finances, adult and children's social care, schools, housing and rough sleeping, building safety, infrastructure,... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:33 by Alison Robinson
The Local Government Association (LGA) hosted its second #CouncilsCan Day on 10 November, and it was good to see many local councils getting involved and sharing the fantastic work they've been doing. Just some of the great examples included:
- Hedge End Town Council: managing litter picker walks, which covers upwards of 13,000 steps each day, no matter the weather volunteers show up and do it with a... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson
The GAPTC Executive Committee met on 21st October to agree the subscription fee for 2021/22.
The 2020/21 subs were 33.2 pence per electorate (this was made up of 26 pence to GAPTC and 7.20 pence to NALC).
At the NALC AGM it was agreed that the NALC contribution would increase from 7.20 pence to 7.42 pence for 2021/22 (an increase of 0.22 pence per elector).
The Executive Committee considered a modelling... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:22 by Alison Robinson
The Government has published guidance on Remembrance Sunday. This states that the COVID-19 Alert Levels, across all tiers, provide for a specific exception for Remembrance Sunday events for participants and spectators, provided the event organiser undertakes appropriate precautions. So local authorities in England can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:36 by Alison Robinson
Climate change event and new case studies publication
NALC started last week with an incredible sell-out online event on rebuilding sustainable communities, hearing from Peter Macfadyen, former mayor of Frome Town Council and member of Extinction Rebellion, Clara Goldsmith from The Climate Coalition, and Sandra Bell from the Friends of the Earth. Recurring themes of the event were collaboration and... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:47 by Alison Robinson
NALC's #RebuildingCommunities online event series continues next week
NALC CEO (Jonathon Owen) will be chairing NALC's next online event, Leaders talk: Building back stronger communities, on 25 August 2020. There is a star-studded line up featuring Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Bill Grimsey, Grimsey review lead and the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter. There... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42 by Alison Robinson
LGA chairman joins NALC online event panel
Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Cllr Jamieson will talk about LGA's latest Re-thinking local campaign, reassessing what we want from local areas, public spaces and communities, having the right tools and resources so councils... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:39 by Alison Robinson
The government has confirmed local (parish and town) councils are not included in their latest financial support package for local government, with district and unitary councils still expected to help them with funding.
A further £500m of non-ringfenced grant, a new scheme to reimburse lost income during the pandemic, and changes to spread tax deficits over three years have been announced by the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:56 by Alison Robinson
Local council meetings
Last week NALC updated their dedicated Coronavirus webpage with a statement on local (parish and town) council meetings. Following the government announcement of further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July, both NALC and the Society of Local Council Clerks are strongly advising local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face-to-face contact. You... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:30 by Alison Robinson
NALC Management Board
There was a full house in attendance (remotely of course!) for NALC's Management Board on 17 June, here are a few highlights:
- The board agreed to support the proposal discussed at last year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to increase the NALC affiliation fee to 7.42 pence per elector from next April, subject to agreement by the National Assembly and this year's AGM
- Councillors supported... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson