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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

NALC publishes the Good Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:35 by Kirstie Frost

NALC has announced the publication of the Good Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning. This vital and innovative guide is the first of its kind and is aimed at local councillors who are interested in finding out more about their role in relation to neighbourhood planning. More »

The guide is available now to download (see link below)

Journalists and inspection of parish and town council accounts

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00 by Jake Atkinson

Grant Thornton - Limited Assurance 2016/17 - Bulletin 3 – New rights of inspection

Journalists now have the right to inspect the accounts (but it's still only electors who can raise questions and objections with the external auditor). More »

The Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017 (the Act) received royal assent on 27 April 2017. The Act extends rights of inspection under section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2017 to include journalists and citizen journalists. The Act defines a journalist as 'any person who produces for publication journalistic material (whether paid to do so or otherwise).'

While the Act extends rights of inspection, there are no changes in respect of external auditors' additional powers and duties. The rights under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 to ask the auditor questions about the accounts, and to make an objection at audit, continue to be restricted to local government electors only.

This is applicable to all smaller bodies for the 2016/17 year of account and this year's period for the exercise of public rights. So it is even more crucial that when you have approved your Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements, you make sure you publish them on your website along with the Notice and Declaration and commence the 30 day period for the exercise of public rights (covering the first 10 working days of July) - there may be more interest this year with journalists wanting to inspect the accounts.

Kind Regards,

Maddy

Maddy Temple-Murray | Audit Assistant | Limited Assurance | Audit

For Grant Thornton UK LLP

Royal Liver Building | Liverpool | L3 1PS

T (direct) +44 (0)151 224 2419 | T (internal) 42419 | T (office) +44 (0)151 224 7200

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New guide to elector's rights to challenge parish council accounts at audit time

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:06 by Jake Atkinson

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law. More »

Click here for the guide. » Less