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

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

Following a decision of the Executive Committee on the 5th March 2018, from the 1st April 2018 the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils (LRALC) is a limited company, LRALC Limited. Its work includes 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 limited company 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

PKF Littlejohn guidance and online training session

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:49 by Frances Webster

We have received confirmation that the recording of PKF Littlejohn's training update for 2018/19 is now available on their website here and via YouTube. The slides, including speaker notes, are also available on the website. More »

PKF Littlejohn has confirmed that they anticipate being able to upload the 2018/19 forms, pro forma templates and instructions to their website before the end of this week.

They will also be collating any frequently asked questions that arise from the training and add these to the website as well.

In addition they have also circulated the following update to member councils:

Dear Colleagues

As you are aware, PKF Littlejohn LLP is appointed by SAAA as the external auditor for all smaller authorities in your county areas for the five years between 2017/18 to 2021/22 years. As we approach the end of 2018/19, we would like to provide a short webinar update for your members to access from our website. We are recording the webinar on Tuesday 19 March and the recording and slides will be available for you and your members to access from our website the following day.

Within the webinar, we plan to update listeners with the main changes for the 2018/19 year end and cover some of the areas that caused common errors or misunderstandings in 2017/18. For this webinar, there is no interactive question and answer session; however, any questions arising from the webinar can be emailed to us at sba@pkf-littlejohn.com and we will include any frequently asked questions and answers on our website as we did last year.

It is important to note, especially for any new clerks, that the PowerPoint slides from the 2017/18 detailed webinar will remain available on our website, amended for any significant changes. The 2017/18 slides cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to the PKF Littlejohn team
  • Overview of our approach to the limited assurance reviews
  • Common issues that arose during 2016/17
  • The Annual Governance and Accountability Returns and Exemption Certificates that were new to 2017/18
  • Other aspects of the 2017/18 approach to our reviews

The 2018/19 instructions, final 2018/19 AGAR forms and our pro forma templates will be available on our website for the week commencing 25 March. The instruction emails will be sent out to all clerks during that week in batches over a 2 day period. Those smaller authorities that are selected for intermediate level testing as part of the up to 5% sample will receive an additional email confirming that point. (NB: Smaller authorities with gross income or expenditure totalling more than £200k are automatically subject to intermediate level testing and will not receive an additional email.)

We would be grateful if you could disseminate this information to your members.

Kind regards

SBA Team » Less

Cancellation of Councillor training 20th March 2019

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:58 by admin

Unfortunately, due to staff illness, the Councillor training planned for today (20th March 2019) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Pension re-enrolment duties for local councils

Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:24 by Frances Webster

A reminder that all parish and town councils have "re-enrolment" duties which must be carried out three years after the council's automatic enrolment staging date. The council's duties will vary depending on whether or not the council has staff to re-enrol. The council's duties include re- enrolling any opted out employees into a qualifying scheme every three years from the opt-out date. More »

Re-enrolment and re-declaration is a legal duty and if the council does not act it could be fined.

There are certain steps the council will need to carry out to meet its re-enrolment duties:

  1. Choose a re-enrolment date from within a six-month window. You can find out your council's re-enrolement dates here.
  2. Work out which staff need to be re-enrolled and, if required, put them back into the council's pension scheme. The council may also need to increase the contributions for any staff who are paying below the minimum contribution levels.
  3. Write to staff to tell them what is happening.
  4. Complete a re-declaration of compliance to tell The Pensions Regulator how the council has met its re-enrolment duties and whether anyone was returned to the scheme.

Further details can be found on The Pensions Regulator Website and paragraph 17 of NALC's legal Topic Note 79. » Less