3 APRIL 2020 L01-20 | THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND POLICE AND CRIME PANELS (CORONAVIRUS) (FLEXIBILITY OF LOCAL AUTHORITY AND POLICE AND CRIME PANEL MEETINGS) (ENGLAND AND WALES) REGULATIONS 2020
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 ("the 2020 Regulations") come in to force on 4 April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:00 by Alison Robinson
Coronavirus examples and impact
More and more local (parish and town) councils have been sharing what they are doing to support their community at this time. NALC have updated and republished the Coronavirus case studies publication to include over 150 examples, but please do keep sharing what you are doing. Next week NALC will be requesting information on the financial impact on your council.
Accounts... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:34 by Alison Robinson
Government Job Retention Scheme
The government have introduced a scheme to allow some employers to furlough certain members of staff and reclaim a proportion of their salaries.
The government job Retention Scheme is available to public sector organisations and the guidance... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:01 by Alison Robinson
About the Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund
This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus.
Subject to available funds, our initial... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:08 by Alison Robinson
Cirencester Town Council
Precept: £998,750 Expenditure: £1,133,750
Andrew Tubb, CEO, said:
"These are extremely concerning and worrying times for everyone in our community; local councils across the country have a role of community leadership in reaching out to ensure that people feel safe and can access support."
Initially, the council's main priority was to ensure continuous... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:10 by Alison Robinson
This week NALC wrote a joint letter with the Society of Local Councils Clerks to the sector to commend your efforts but also asking you to stop holding meetings. The new Coronavirus Act includes a measure on local authority meetings but new regulations are now needed before councils are allowed to hold meetings remotely. NALC are pressing for progress on this as a matter of urgency.
NALC have been updating... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:18 by Alison Robinson
The National Allotment Society has issued useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations.
NALC's partner HR Services Partnership are keeping their website updated with issues related to the coronavirus.
Are national events and celebrations being affected?
Many local councils were planning to get involved in national events and celebrations such... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:06 by Alison Robinson
"We sent out a letter to all residents early last week with a registration form for them to fill in if they needed help with shopping, walking the dog, collecting meds etc
We have over 100 volunteers already signed up and requests coming in by the minute. Amazing community spirit and how we are all working together to protect and help our community. People are so grateful for what we are doing and it... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:47 by Alison Robinson
"We have a 16 contacts covering all 3 villages in the parish and a list of local businesses still operating and providing home delivery / collection. This has been operating for over a week now with new volunteers coming forward all the time. I'm sure other communities are as 'on top of this' as us!!"
Richard S Crighton -Clerk to Newland Parish Council
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:36 by Alison Robinson
As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the UK enters this new phase of government measures, NALC wanted to reach out to the local (parish and town) council sector. These are unprecedented and challenging times, and our first thoughts are for the health and welfare of yourselves and your communities.
There are stories from up and down the country of local councils stepping up and supporting their... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:49 by Alison Robinson