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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

LRALC Awarded Runner-Up Status in Outstanding Project of The Year Category at NALC Star Councils Ceremony

LRALC Awarded Runner-Up Status in Outstanding Project of The Year Category at NALC Star Councils Ceremony

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45 by Jake Atkinson

Following the news that LRALC was a finalist in the NALC Star Councils Awards (http://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/684-nalc-announces-star-councils-2016-awards-winners) in the CALC Outstanding Project of The Year category your Association was announced as runner up at the awards last night. More »

The project we were shortlisted for was the joint Neighbourhood Plan project delivered with the Rural Community Council and Landmark Planning in Harborough District as a result of grant funding from the District Council.

Although we clearly would like to have been the winners in this category, we were up against some excellent work in other county areas, and our congratulations go to Dorset County Association who won. » Less

LRALC 2016 Newsletter No 5 available now!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:38 by Kirstie Frost

The LRALC 2016 Newsletter No. 5 is available to download now. Contents include:

Top Tip – Parish Councils and the use of photographs taken in public.

Parish Councils and Pension Auto Enrolment - Don't Get Fined! More »

NALC Documents.

NALC Chairman & Chief Executive's Report to NALC Executive Committee September 2016 and to National Council October 2016.

LAIS Briefings.

Highway Maintenance Consultation – From A-roads to Zebras…...

Stepping Stones – Rural Skills training courses (previously highlighted in round robin email 09.09.16)

SHIRE Community Grants.

Tree Wardens.

LCC Neighbourhood Planning - November Network Event

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.