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

LGRC/NALC LOCAL COUNCIL EXPO - Droitwich 21st June 2019

LGRC/NALC LOCAL COUNCIL EXPO - Droitwich 21st June 2019

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:23 by Jake Atkinson

The Local Government Resource Center has agreed a partnership with NALC to stage the Local Council EXPO again this year, what they hope will be the largest single gathering for our sector.

Normally national sector events attract between 150 to 300 participants. LGRC and NALC hope to attract at least 500 and up to 1000. Building on the 2016 event they hope to develop this into an annual festival for our sector and to include as many innovative and useful ideas for councils as we can. More »

Based on the feedback received from the 2016 event participants liked the concept of an all day exhibition with a running programme of presentations and demonstrations available at a relatively low cost. Exhibitors are being encouraged to bring their products and to show participants how they work, as well as designing a supplementary programme of relevant practical presentations. The theme for this year will be "Operating Modern Local Councils" with an emphasis on the practical.

The lowest cost way of purchasing tickets for this event is through your County Association, LRALC.

County Association Tickets will be available at a discount to the full ticket price and so member councils will have an incentive to purchase tickets via the County Association.

  • The price of a standard entry if purchased at the door on the day will be £25 plus VAT
  • The price of a standard online ticket available from 1st April to 21st June will be £18.50 plus VAT
  • The price of a standard online Early Bird ticket available from now until 1st April will be £15 plus VAT.

The prices of County Association Tickets will be

  • Standard Ticket available from 1st April to 21st June - £17.50 plus VAT
  • Early Bird Ticket available from now until 1st April- £12.50 plus VAT

The County Association Early Bird ticket is therefore the best value ticket that will available for the event.

Tickets are available through the EXPO website on Eventbrite at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgrcnalc-local-council-expo-tickets-54448856997

LRALC has an allotment of Early Bird tickets now available under our name on the EXPO ticket website. Please ensure you purchase your tickets on the website under the "Leicestershre and Rutland Association Early Bird Tickets" heading on the drop down box when you book (scroll down the alphabetical list).

On 1st April the County Association Early Bird tickets will be taken off sale and the standard tickets will be made available.

LOCATION

Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre
Droitwich Spa
Worcestershire
WR9 0BN

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Update from NALC on pre-election purdah guidance

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:23 by Frances Webster

In advance of the forthcoming local elections, NALC has updated and republished Legal Topic Note L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity which provides guidance on the pre-election (purdah) period. You can find this in the member's area of the website here (login required)

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

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