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
Just before the second lock down I managed to complete the ten in ten challenge that I was supposed to have done in May 2020 (ten laps of Lake Windermere).
There were only 11 people taking part and the conditions were difficult with having to socially distance and the weather being extremely wet (nine out of the ten days were wet).
The will to successfully complete this never left me and I am pleased... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 13:11 by Alison Robinson
The Government has published guidance on Remembrance Sunday. This states that the COVID-19 Alert Levels, across all tiers, provide for a specific exception for Remembrance Sunday events for participants and spectators, provided the event organiser undertakes appropriate precautions. So local authorities in England can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:36 by Alison Robinson
Climate change event and new case studies publication
NALC started last week with an incredible sell-out online event on rebuilding sustainable communities, hearing from Peter Macfadyen, former mayor of Frome Town Council and member of Extinction Rebellion, Clara Goldsmith from The Climate Coalition, and Sandra Bell from the Friends of the Earth. Recurring themes of the event were collaboration and... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:47 by Alison Robinson
We have been advised that UNISON has voted to accept the pay offer by a two to one margin and similarly the GMB have accepted. While UNITE members voted by 70% to reject this offer, however in-line with the constitution of the National Joint Council (NJC), UNITE accepts the collective majority of the other unions and the pay award will now be implemented.
The agreement, which is backdated to 1st April... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:18 by Alison Robinson
NALC's #RebuildingCommunities online event series continues next week
NALC CEO (Jonathon Owen) will be chairing NALC's next online event, Leaders talk: Building back stronger communities, on 25 August 2020. There is a star-studded line up featuring Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Bill Grimsey, Grimsey review lead and the NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter. There... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:42 by Alison Robinson
LGA chairman joins NALC online event panel
Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Cllr Jamieson will talk about LGA's latest Re-thinking local campaign, reassessing what we want from local areas, public spaces and communities, having the right tools and resources so councils... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:39 by Alison Robinson
The government has confirmed local (parish and town) councils are not included in their latest financial support package for local government, with district and unitary councils still expected to help them with funding.
A further £500m of non-ringfenced grant, a new scheme to reimburse lost income during the pandemic, and changes to spread tax deficits over three years have been announced by the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:56 by Alison Robinson
Last week, Cotswold District Council issued a £400 fixed penalty notice to an individual following an investigation of a fly-tip found near Northleach. The fly-tip contained household waste items following a clear out of their home.
The Council is working hard to reduce and prevent waste from being dumped illegally; with the ultimate goal to stop fly-tipping in the Cotswolds.
Cllr Andrew Doherty,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:15 by Alison Robinson