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Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

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

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Latest News

Council tax figures 2018-19

The average band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2018-19 is £1,671, an increase of £81 or 5.1% on last year's figure of £1,591. This includes the parish precepts and represents the highest council tax increase since the mid 2000s.

For further information, please click here

The average band D precept charged by English parish councils in 2018-19 is £64.05, up 4.9% or just.. Read More »

Posted: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:17 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Precept, Council Tax

Consultation on unauthorised developments and encampments

Please see below for important information from NALC on a current consultation:

Dear colleague,

As you may know, the Government have recently issued a consultation on powers for dealing with unauthorised developments and encampments. The consultation document can be found here.

NALC will be responding to the consultation on behalf of the local councils that we represent. To help us we would like your council to email us your.. Read More »

Posted: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:34 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, consultation, planning

Cancellation of Councillor Training 11th April 2018

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Councillor training planned for today (11th April 2018) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Posted: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:08 by Kirstie Frost

Tags: LRALC, training

New NALC Model Standing Orders 2018 published

The new 2018 version of the NALC Model Standing Orders are now available to download (member councils only).

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:25 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Legal, model document, template, standing orders

LRALC achieves 100% membership levels amongst Leicestershire local councils

LRALC achieves 100% membership levels amongst Leicestershire local councils

Having just returned from a meeting of Snarestone Parish Council in North West Leicestershire I am very pleased to report that with Snarestone's decision this evening to rejoin LRALC we now have all local councils in Leicestershire in membership.

Thank you to Snarestone for inviting LRALC to speak at their meeting tonight and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Posted: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:03 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC

Leicestershire County Council - Parish & Town Council Grass Cutting update

Leicestershire County Council colleagues would like to advise Parish and Town Councils that the grass cutting season commences on Tuesday 3rd April after the Easter Weekend.

Information on cutting dates for urban and rural grass cutting, including high speed roads, will be available on the website during the season www.leicestershire.gov.uk/grass-cutting . Information about weed spraying and hedge cutting can also be found on the website.. Read More »

Posted: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:15 by Kirstie Frost

Tags: LCC

Increase of pension automatic enrolment contributions from 6th April

Increase of pension automatic enrolment contributions from 6th April

The minimum contributions that employers and their staff pay into automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes are increasing. This includes local councils as employers where they have eligible staff (see NALC LTN 79 here for specific local councils advice).

It is the council's legal responsibility to make sure these increases are implemented.

Minimum contributions are increasing in two phases. The first.. Read More »

Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:00 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, Financial, Legal, pensions

Spending parish council money on your local church (including burials): what are parish councils legally allowed to do?

As we always say in our well-attended and popular Councillor Training sessions, modern parish councils often encounter difficulties operating effectively within a framework of rather older (and dare we suggest outdated) legislation.

As LRALC has previously advised, the Local Government Act 1894, for example, expressly prohibits councils from spending any money on maintaining or improving church property. In practice this.. Read More »

Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:17 by Kirstie Frost

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Financial

CANCELLED - Planning Nuts and Bolts training - 22nd March 2018

Unfortunately this course has had to be postponed due to the trainer being ill. We will confirm the new date within the next couple of weeks. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:49 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, training

New guidance on local government investments

The Government has published a new edition of its statutory guidance on local government investments. The new edition applies in England only, for accounting periods starting on or after 1st April 2018. The guidance can be found by clicking here.

The main change is that the guidance is now mandatory for parish and town councils where investments exceed or are expected to exceed £100,000 in the financial year (formerly.. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:49 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, audit, Finance & Audit, investments, reserves

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