In the last NALC Legal communication of the year, NALC wanted to wish you all a merry Christmas and a restful Christmas break.
With that in mind, and in honour of the Twelve Days of Christmas, here is their version.
On the first day of Christmas (well in the last 12 months) the Legal Team sent to you….
560 written advices (not all of them involving the Local Government Act 1894)
566 telephone advices... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:41 by Alison Robinson
NALC's parliament of elected representatives made up of councillors from each of the 43 county associations – the National Assembly – held its final meeting of the calendar year on 11 December at the offices of CCLA (one of our partners) in the City of London, here are a few highlights:
- The meeting saw elections to leadership positions and committees for the next two years.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:12 by Alison Robinson
Building stronger communities was the theme of October's NALC Annual Conference where Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, paid tribute to England's 100,000 councillors for all the work they do for their places. And I want to add my own thanks and appreciation, and wish you all the very best for the new decade ahead.
Right across the country, our local (parish and town) councils have been building... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 15:25 by Alison Robinson
What can be found in our latest newsletter sent to our member councils:
- Disciplinary and Grievance arrangements – updated guidance and policies
- Consultation on strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments
- Section 137 limit for 2020/21
- Confidential minutes
- Funding for replacements for ash trees
- Clarification that local councils cannot fund repairs to church property
- Declaring an interest... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:51 by Alison Robinson
VEHICULAR ACTIVATED SPEED SIGNS
It is NALC's (Legal teams) view that three specific powers (s.274A Highways Act 1980, s. 72 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and s.31 Local Government and Rating Act 1997) are not powers that enable the provision of signs for traffic calming purposes by local councils, NALC have been asked about general powers.
It is NALC's view that the general power of competence will... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:16 by Alison Robinson
New health and wellbeing webpage
In his interview with the magazine, LCR, Duncan Selbie, chief executive, Public Health England commented that "What is clear is that local (parish and town) councils are indispensable to the solutions around keeping people in good health."
Praise indeed for the important role of the sector, but a challenge at the same time. To help local councils respond to this challenge... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:28 by Alison Robinson
Updated NALC guidance on pre-election publicity
NALC are already receiving a number of queries related to the pre-election period (purdah) prior to the General Election, which started when Parliament was dissolved on 6 November. Although local (parish and town) councils will not be holding elections on 12 December, NALC have reissued our Legal Briefing L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:51 by Alison Robinson
The GAPTC Executive Committee met on Thursday 31st October to agree the subscription fee for 2020/21.
The 2019/20 subs were 32.49 pence per electorate (this was made up of 25.5 pence to GAPTC and 6.99 pence to NALC).
At the NALC AGM it was agreed that the NALC contribution would increase from 6.99 pence to 7.20 pence for 2020/21 (an increase of 0.21 pence per elector).
The Executive Committee considered... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:32 by Alison Robinson
NALC Annual Conference 2019
The bulletin from last week is something of an Annual Conference special given this was the obvious highlight, several headlines and reflections include:
- Some vital statistics which illustrate just how the annual conference has grown into the biggest and most high profile event in the sector's calendar: there were 250 delegates from every single county association area; 40... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:47 by Alison Robinson
Chief executive's bulletin
This year's #OurDay will take place on 19 November. Now a regular campaign fixture in the annual calendar, #OurDay is the Local Government Association's annual 24-hour social media marathon for local government, so gives local (parish and town) councils, councillors, clerks and county associations a great opportunity to share their stories of how they improve the... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:22 by Anita Sach