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

NALC pilots first Peer Review in Chippenham, LRALC pilots Governance Review in Quorn

Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:35 by Jake Atkinson

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has piloted its first-ever Peer Review at Chippenham Town Council in Wiltshire recently.

This exciting joint initiative between NALC and the Local Government Association (LGA), part of their joint work on sector-led improvement, helps to showcase the strong ambition within the sector to rise to the challenge of devolution and to raise the standard within the sector. More »

NALC's Peer Review is a performance improvement programme which involves a small team of local government officers and councillors spending time with a local council and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders connected to the council to help with the improvement and learning of the council, with immediate feedback and a report to follow.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: "We are thrilled to be working with the LGA, Chippenham Town Council and the review team to deliver this first-ever Peer Review. We are showing that our largest councils are rising to the challenge of devolution by not only taking on new services but opening themselves to scrutiny. It is a testimony to how the sector is evolving that we can embrace the sector-led improvement approach developed by the LGA and bring it to our local councils."

The review team visiting Chippenham Town Council consists of Paul Clarke, LGA, Charlotte Eisenhart, NALC, David Ashlee, Dunstable Town Council and Harvey Siggs, formerly of Mendip District Council.

At a local level LRALC delivered its first parish council governance review earlier this year for Quorn Parish Council which covered many of the aspects of the NALC peer review process but is more suitable for smaller parish and town councils (Chippenham operates a multi-million pound budget).

The LRALC process involves LRALC consultants visiting the council and speaking to councillors, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders and then issuing a report making a series of observations and recommendations based on statute, proper practices, and good governance standards.

We would invite councils who are interested in commissioning such a review to contact the LRALC office in the first instance. » Less

No Referendum Principles for 2020/21

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:45 by Jake Atkinson

Government has confirmed that the 3 year moratorium on the application of the referendum principles (sometimes known as "capping") to local parish and town councils is to continue for 2020-21.

However the Government 'remains concerned about the pressure placed on taxpayers from thousands of town and parish councils across England' and expects them to exercise 'even greater restraint' for 2020/21. More »

As in previous years the Government will keep the matter under 'active review' for future years.

The full document can be found here. » Less

Government increases margin applied to new PWLB loans with immediate effect

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:35 by Jake Atkinson

Public Works Board lending is offered at a fixed margin above the Government's cost of borrowing, as measured by gilt yields.

The Treasury raised the margin over gilts to 100bps (one percentage point) in 2010, to better reflect the availability of capital finance, and lowered it to 80bps over gilts in 2013. More »

Some local authorities have substantially increased their use of the PWLB in recent months, as the cost of borrowing has fallen to record lows. As a result HM Treasury is restoring interest rates to levels available in 2018, by increasing the margin that applies to new loans from the PWLB by 100bps (one percentage point) on top of usual lending terms.

This restoration of normal PWLB lending rates will apply to all new loans with immediate effect. The Government will monitor the impact of this change and keep rates policy under review.

See here for the full PWLB information, and here for a Local Government Chronicle article on the changes. » Less