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Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

Chief Officer: Jake Atkinson
Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road
Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AY

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including town) councils of Leicestershire and Rutland, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England. Put simply, we are our members.

We offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website.

Latest News

Government Consultation on Possible "Capping" of Local Councils

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:35 by Jake Atkinson

The Government is consulting on proposals to extend referendum principles (the requirement to hold a referendum if the proposed council tax increase exceeds a set threshold, colloquially known as "capping") to parish and town councils for the first time. Those of you involved in the sector for more than a year will know that there have been consultations on this issue in previous years, last year the consultation took place over the Christmas break, however there is anecdotal evidence that the potential for a "cap" and referendum rules being implemented is greater this year than in previous years. More »

We understand the government is concerned about increases in parish precepts, which rose by 6.1% this year – total precepts are now £445 million, £36 million more than in 2015/16. In NALC's view these figures illustrate how our councils are continuing to invest in local communities, with increases in many cases attributable to making up for a shortfall in council tax support funding, a general expansion of their role and use of powers, and in particular delivering new services, often taken on from principal councils.

However NALC has told LRALC that there is a view by some in government (and in some principal councils) who believe referendum principles should be applied to higher spending local councils or indeed all of them. NALC fundamentally disagree with this and have so far been successful in ensuring local councils are not brought within this regime.

Yesterday NALC issued a press release about the proposals to get our position and message out early (see here: http://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/659-nalc-warns-parish-will-damage-communities). NALC will be analysing the consultation now it is published and issuing a further update through LRALC.

Please bring this consultation to the attention of councillors and ask them to consider responding to this key consultation. Please send a copy of any response to LRALC (using the usual email address), so that we can feed them into the NALC response to the consultation. The full consultation paper can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-government-finance-settlement-2017-to-2018-technical-consultation The consultation will close at 5pm on 28 October.

UPDATE 19/09/16

Please see below for a LRALC commissioned comprehensive briefing note on the consultation which will assist councils who wish to respond to the consultation on a question by question basis.

Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network - New Website

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:54 by Jake Atkinson

Information regarding Leicestershire County Council's Neighbourhood Planning Network is now hosted on a new website:

www.leicestershirecommunities.org.uk/np/

Please note that if you use the previous website address (www.leicestershireforums.org) this will automatically re-direct you to the new Leicestershire Communities website. If you then select Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network from the 'Our Work' drop down menu at the top of the page or click on the Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network image. More »

LCC will be developing more content for the site over the coming months and if you have any suggestions you would like them to consider, please do not hesitate to contact:

NIK GREEN (MRS)

Policy Officer | Policy, Economy & Communities | Leicestershire County Council

Room 300b | County Hall | Glenfield | Leicestershire LE3 8RA

T: 0116 305 7309 E: nik.green@leics.gov.uk » Less

Strategic Planning Away Day

Strategic Planning Away Day

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:01 by Jake Atkinson

LRALC held its Strategic Planning Away Day today. LRALC officers joined Executive Committee members at Twycross Zoo's excellent conference facilities to discuss the next 3 years of the Association's development. More »

The presentations from the day will be available shortly, and the draft plan will be presented to the Executive Committee formally at the December Executive Committee meeting.

The results from the current Member Satisfaction Survey will also be used to develop the plan, with the draft then going out to consultation with the full membership, ensuring that there is a bottom up focus to the final strategy.