Alison Robinson

Chief Executive Officer: Alison Robinson
Cranham House (the OPEX
Building), Falcon Close, Green
Farm Business Park, Gloucester
GL2 4LY

Tags: National Association for Local Councils

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Budget announcement on public toilets

On Monday, the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, answered NALC's call to end the toilet tax by announcing in his Budget 2018 that public toilets will receive new mandatory business rates relief. This is amazing news given the extensive campaign by NALC in recent years and the last 12 months in particular – working with members of parliament,... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2018 16:48 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, GDPR, unitarisation, unitary authorities, local government structures, financial settlement, star councils, diversity in local councils, diversity, annual conference, budget 2018, toilet tax

GAPTC subscription fees 2019/20

The GAPTC Executive Committee met on Wednesday 24th October to agree the subscription fee for 2019/20.

The 2018/19 subs were 32.36 pence per electorate (this was made up of 25.5 pence to GAPTC and 6.86 pence to NALC).

At the NALC AGM it was agreed that the NALC contribution would increase from 6.86 pence to 6.99 pence for 2019/20 (an increase of 0.13 pence per elector).

At the GAPTC AGM in July a commitment... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 09:41 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, GAPTC, subscriptions, budget

NALC poll shows support for single code of conduct

The majority of town and parish councils support the introduction of a single, mandatory code of conduct, according to a new poll conducted by the National Association of Local Councils' (NALC).The research found 90% of those surveyed support the same code of conduct for all local authorities.

Nearly 70% would also like new powers to impose additional sanctions, with 60% saying current sanctions are... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2018 15:15 by Alison Robinson

Tags: NALC, News, National Association for Local Councils, code of conduct, ethical standards, national training programme

NALC update - Jonathon Owen (Chief Executive)

Star Council Awards

The wait is finally over! This week NALC have announced the Star Council Awards finalists. This year the Council of the Year award will be decided by you. Find out more about the nominations and cast your vote by 12 October 2018. Winners will be announced at the Annual Conference on 30 October. Check out the finalists list!

Beacon lighting safety guidance

Many local (parish and town)... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:16 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, star councils, beacon lighting safety guidance, Aviva Community Fund, Tree charter, larger council committee, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Dementia, Great British Highstreet Awards

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People

This week Ben Murray, policy and projects officer was in Grantham, Lincolnshire at the Woodland Trust to talk about next steps for our joint project on The Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The project steering group – which includes representatives from NALC, Woodland Trust, Tree Council and NUS – celebrated the achievement of the charter gaining... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:53 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, rural community ownership awards, tree charter

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

External audit non responses

Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) are now receiving management information returns from the audit suppliers – currently, their main concern is the number of authorities they have had no response from, this is higher than in previous years. At the end of last week there were over 700 authorities who had not responded at all.

All will now have received formal... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:35 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, Local Council Award Scheme, LCAS, rural buses, community transport, GDPR, data protection, JIGG, Joint Information Governance Group, Brexit, SAAA, External audits

NALC update - from Jonathon Owen (Chief Executive)

Updated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) toolkit

NALC's GDPR toolkit has been updated to reflect the new Data Protection Act 2018 and data protection regime. The changes include the appointment of a Data Protection Officer, which is not mandatory for all local (parish and town) councils, and information about paying the Information Commissioner's data protection fee.

Roundtable on rural buses... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:01 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, GDPR, rural buses, rural transport, annual conference, Princes Countryside Fund, SO, Standing Orders

NALC Annual Conference - 30th and 31st October 2018

Lord Gary Porter confirmed!

NALC are delighted to announce Lord Gary Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association will be speaking at this year's Annual Conference in Milton Keynes.

The straight-talking council leader is ranked number 11 in Local Government Chronicle's LGC100 and a prominent figure in the House of Lords, and judging by his talks at previous events he won't be shy in sharing his... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 08:41 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, Annual Conference

NALC update - from Jonathan Owen (Chief Executive)

Local Democracy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Democracy, supported by NALC, held its Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2018 at Portcullis House. The NALC Chief Executive was delighted with MPs and peers praise of NALC's work engaging with parliament on a range of issues, and for the excellent support NALC provide to the group as its secretariat.

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Posted: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:32 by Alison Robinson

Tags: democracy, AGM, National Assembly, Annual Conference, Media, Larger Councils, Communities conference, News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils