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
LCR interview with Rishi Sunak MP
Last week, Marie Dill, LCR editor met with Rishi Sunak MP to talk about local (parish and town) councils. Just one of the encouraging things he said regarding the sector was: "It's an incredibly exciting time to be in what I would call ultra-local government. We're creating more [local councils], and they are doing more things, which impact their communities, and I... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:20 by Alison Robinson
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
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
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
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
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.
Other headlines include:
- Highlights of the... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:32 by Alison Robinson
Ledbury case and new legal guidance
Last week Jonathon Owen, chief executive of NALC spoke to Rob Smith, chief executive of Society of Local Council Clerks, to talk about the implications of the high court judgment on a judicial review claim by a councillor against Ledbury Town Council. They both agreed to send a joint letter to the government and the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Local... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:27 by Alison Robinson
NALC Study Tour 2018
A sold out NALC Study Tour at Chippenham Town Council was attended by over 30 delegates, which included government officials. It was the first time the tour was opened up to members outside of the Larger Councils Committee.
The committee meeting highlights included; a task and finish group set-up to continue working on council tax support funding, analysis of 2018/19 precepts, communicating... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:43 by Alison Robinson
NALC is delighted to invite entries to the Star Council Awards, which we are running for the fourth successive year in 2018.
The awards are a fantastic opportunity for local councils, councillors, clerks and county associations to showcase how they have made a positive difference locally. They are the only awards in England to recognise the contribution local councils make to their communities.
This... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:00 by Alison Robinson