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
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
The National Allotment Society has issued useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations.
NALC's partner HR Services Partnership are keeping their website updated with issues related to the coronavirus.
Are national events and celebrations being affected?
Many local councils were planning to get involved in national events and celebrations such... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:06 by Alison Robinson
As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the UK enters this new phase of government measures, NALC wanted to reach out to the local (parish and town) council sector. These are unprecedented and challenging times, and our first thoughts are for the health and welfare of yourselves and your communities.
There are stories from up and down the country of local councils stepping up and supporting their... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:49 by Alison Robinson
NALC has updated its dedicated webpage on the coronavirus. This includes further information on government email alerts, holding meetings, local (parish and town) councils supporting their communities and CiLCA deadlines. See the updates below:
Email alerts from the government
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:58 by Alison Robinson
Supporting you during the coronavirus
Just a few months ago in a New Year open letter, the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, said the role of local (parish and town) councils has never been more important. Back then, of course, she was talking about the contribution to things such as bringing the country together, loneliness and isolation, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability. Fast forward... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:34 by Alison Robinson
ENGAGING WITH THE GOVERNMENT
On 17 March the government produced an outline of what will be covered by a Coronavirus Bill, which their aim is to introduce as new fast-tracked legislation. Some topics that local councils may find most relevant to their work are related to "managing the deceased with respect and dignity" if the local council is also a burial authority, and also "delaying and slowing the... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:53 by Alison Robinson
SOURCES OF ADVICE
The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online. We should be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly.
Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:28 by Alison Robinson