This is to notify you that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2021-22 is £8.41.
This is the amount as a result from increasing the amount of £8.32 for 2020-2021 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2019 and September 2020, in accordance with Schedule... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:49 by Alison Robinson
Keeping playgrounds open
Play England and a group of academics, scientists, play experts and charities have written an open letter calling on local authorities to put the wellbeing of children first and keep playgrounds open. This has been sparked by some local authorities in England closing children's playgrounds despite government guidance that is specific about keeping them open. You can also read... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:22 by Alison Robinson
The Engagement Board met on Friday 15th January at 1pm, there were 21 in attendance.
There has been an increase in occupancy rates in hospital.
There are higher rates of positive tests but it is reducing.
The greater proportion of tests have been in the 20-to-59-year age group.
There is a higher rate of deaths in hospital than in a community setting.
Steve Hams (coordinating... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:15 by Alison Robinson
Local council elections
On 13 January, Cabinet Office minister, Chloe Smith MP responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons and confirmed May's local elections will go ahead as planned, but this would be kept under review. NALC has asked the government to make a swift decision should this situation change.
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:20 by Alison Robinson
Please do take care of yourselves, councillors and colleagues. This includes not going to the office unless absolutely necessary, and NALC still strongly discourages councils from meeting face to face – do read our statement on the NALC dedicated coronavirus webpage and guidance on holding remote meetings.
Helping councils communicate
Breakthrough Communications have put together... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:52 by Alison Robinson
Happy New Year all,
We are all back in the office and look forward to working with you again this year.
Here's to a positive, healthy and productive year.
All the best
Posted: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 11:17 by Alison Robinson
Merry Christmas to all our members and partners that have supported GAPTC across 2020.
We made it - we got through 2020!
It's been a difficult year but parish councils have really stepped up so thank you so much.
We are closed from 5pm today and return to the office on 4th January.
All the best.
Posted: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 15:22 by Alison Robinson
Lords call to sort out covid funding for parishes
The government was challenged in the House of Lords on 3 December to 'sort out' out covid funding not being passed on from principal councils to local (parish and town) councils. NALC recently held a remote briefing via Zoom for several Peers on key issues facing the sector such as finances. Earlier this week they additionally briefed Baroness Neville-Rolfe,... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:19 by Alison Robinson
On 25 November, the chancellor of the exchequer delivered the Spending Review which sets the government's departmental budgets for 2021/22. The chancellor's statement included announcements and new investment on a range of issues of interest to local government including council finances, adult and children's social care, schools, housing and rough sleeping, building safety, infrastructure,... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:33 by Alison Robinson
The Local Government Association (LGA) hosted its second #CouncilsCan Day on 10 November, and it was good to see many local councils getting involved and sharing the fantastic work they've been doing. Just some of the great examples included:
- Hedge End Town Council: managing litter picker walks, which covers upwards of 13,000 steps each day, no matter the weather volunteers show up and do it with a... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:36 by Alison Robinson