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NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

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

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, conference, street design awards, Direct Information Service, DIS, Towns Fund, Improvement and Develoment Board, IDB, Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance, LPAG, Code of Conduct, LGA guidance on councillor i

GAPTC subscription fees - 2020/21

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

Tags: News, NALC, GAPTC, budget, subscription fees

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

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

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, General election, rural coalition, NALC conference

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech was delivered in Parliament on 14 October, setting out the government's forthcoming legislative agenda. The Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill was not among the list of bills announced, NALC will continue to press the government on this. There were welcome commitments, though, to publish bills on devolution, the environment and broadband, and NALC will also... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:12 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, SAAA, PWLB, Public Works Loan Board, website accessibility, Queens speech

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Meeting with Alzheimer's Society

On 8 October the NALC head of membership services, Charlotte Eisenhart, and policy intern, Claire Goldfinch, met with the Alzheimer's Society to discuss the joint work under the strategic commitment signed almost two years ago. Issues covered included the role of local (parish and town) councils in building dementia-friendly communities, sharing of information and goals... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:38 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, smaller councils, larger councils, consultations, dementia friendly communities, health and wellbeing

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Conservative party conference

The political party conference season came to a close this week with the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, and other NALC colleagues in Manchester at the Conservative Party autumn conference. Brexit was again a consistent theme, with much focus on what the Prime Minister has or hasn't been up to, including drinking from disposable coffee cups! The highlight for NALC was their... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:36 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils, tree charter, SLCC, conference, new councils campaign, healthwatch conference, Policy Committee, LGF, local government finance, conservative party conference

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Meeting with the new chairman of LGA

The NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, met with the new leader of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr James Jamieson on 16 September, here's a couple of highlights:

  • James is the leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, which is fully parished. James has a good understanding of the sector support required in the role of building stronger communities and place-shaping,... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:14 by Anita Sach

Tags: NALC, larger councils, Redmond Review, Liberal Democrat party conference, Labour party conference, Conservative party conference, news

NALC Chief Executive's bulletin

Chippenham Peer Review

The pilot peer review with Chippenham Town Council took place last week. NALC's head of member services, Charlotte Eisenhart, was part of the peer review team who spent two days onsite where through 20 meetings they spoke to more than 45 people including a range of council staff together with councillors and stakeholders, spending more than 80 hours to determine findings and feedback... Read More »

Posted: Sat, 14 Sep 2019 11:21 by Alison Robinson

Tags: peer review, Communities Partnership Board, building stronger communities, Towns Fund, NALC Management Board, HR service, activity report, Public Lavatories Bill, Children's Funeral Fund, Neighbourhood Plan, News, NALC, National Association for Local Councils

CiLCA mentoring sessions - commencing 11th October 2019

GAPTC have been asked to run additional CiLCA mentoring sessions, and have provisionally booked these to take place in Badgeworth Village Hall from 0930-1330 hrs on: -

Friday 11 October

Friday 6 December

Friday 7 February

Friday 3 April

The cost is :-

£235 – Councils with gross income up to £25,000

£395 - Councils with gross income greater than £25,000

If you are interested, please... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:38 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, CiLCA, Training, Certicate in Local Council Administration, GAPTC

‘Working Together’ protocol - Stroud District Council

A few weeks ago the clerks in the Stroud District were contacted to get involved in a working party together to look at the 'Working Together' protocol that was first produced by Stroud District Council in 2013. Recently the peer review that STC undertook looked at identified better partnership working with our sector as an opportunity.

A session with STC has been set up on 16th September at 3pm,the... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:29 by Alison Robinson

Tags: News, quality, Stroud District, partnership working