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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.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:24 by Jake Atkinson
Here at LRALC we have been alarmed to discover that there are still local councils who believe that pension auto-enrolment does not impact on them as they have no employees for whom they have a duty to auto-enrol (e.g. because employee earnings are too low or because the employee is of pensionable age). More »
Some duties apply to ALL employers, even if your staff aren't eligible to be automatically enrolled into a scheme. Complete the Pensions Regulator Duties Checker (here) to ensure you understand what you need to do.
Employers (even small and micro employers, which many local councils will be classed as) ARE being fined (over 3,000 so far) for simply not submitting the required Declaration of Compliance (i.e., formally notifying the Pensions Regulator that they have no employees for whom they have a duty to auto-enrol) within 5 months of their staging date.
Of particular interest is a recent ruling upholding a fine which said "that it was the employer's legal responsibility to ensure that they comply with the law – including the submission of the declaration of compliance by the deadline". The judge "also confirmed that the fact that a junior member of staff had failed to do this on the employer's behalf did not amount to a reasonable excuse". In other words, parish councils themselves must assure themselves as the employer that they have done what they are required to by law.
The Pensions Regulator's advice on the case amounts to "make sure you know who is doing what"; i.e. don't assume someone has done it, they may not have.
LRALC guidance and briefing events over the last 3 years have made the notification requirement clear (see here for the reminder we provided in March 2015), and any member council that is not compliant stands the very real chance of ending up with a fine.
See below for the press release from the Pensions Regulator covering this topic:
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:09 by Jake Atkinson
All those involved with parish and town councils should find tonight's Panorama of interest, dealing as it does with principal authority and police funding reductions, and the subsequent devolution of services to communities, including to parish councils. More »
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:42 by Jake Atkinson
A major new one day EXPO for the Local Council Sector will be held near Birmingham on 9 September 2016.
It aims to provide an opportunity for Clerks and Councillors to see the complete range of products and services that a Council might need, all in one place. If you will be looking for a supplier of anything from tractors to IT equipment, or signage to stationery, in the next year or two this is the ideal place to start. If you need to review your banking or insurance, or create a new website, you can expect all the major players to be there. More »