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

NEW COURSE - Local Council Planning for the Medium Term

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:37 by Jake Atkinson

This course is designed for parish and town councillors and clerks from councils that are interested in maximising the opportunities presented by the 3 year moratorium on "capping".

Many councils are not considering the opportunity for medium term planning provided by the government's announcement that it does not intend to apply the referendum principles (known colloquially as "capping") to parish and town councils during the 3 year period commencing 1st April 2018. More »

The course will provide delegates with advice and information on how to avoid spikes in precept/council tax during this period by planning council priorities and expenditure for the medium-term rather than year on year.

Topics covered will include:

  • Information on the 3 year moratorium
  • Current issues and drivers
  • Ensuring proper staffing resources are in place
  • Community consultation and engagement
  • Budget considerations – what should we include?
  • Visioning for the medium-term: where do we want to be?
  • Planning for the medium-term: how will we get there?
  • Resourcing for the medium-term: what will we need to get there?
  • Support and services available from LRALC (including Strategic Planning facilitation, Job Evaluations, and Specialist Courses).

Please note that pre-course materials will be sent out to delegates which will require some thought to have been given by delegates to key questions before the course.

Cost:

£40 per delegate (member rate)

Date:

5th November 2018, 10am - 1.00pm

Venue:

Jubilee Hall, Anstey

Build a better budget: the importance of ensuring adequate training provision

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:37 by Jake Atkinson

The world of parish and town councils is ever changing, with councillors and clerks regularly being faced with new challenges and opportunities both at a national and local level. GDPR and the recent changes to the external audit process are but two recent examples. More »

At LRALC one of our key roles is to help your councils keep up-to-date with these changes and make the most of the opportunities that come your way. Our training and advice services are designed to provide vital opportunities for councillors and clerks to learn, develop professionally and build confidence.

It is therefore really important that as your council starts to assemble its budget for 2019-20, it makes adequate provision to accommodate training costs. For example, this is an ideal time for clerks to ask councillors to review our wide list of training courses (see here: https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/list-of-courses.html) and identify those that might be of interest so that all councillors have the opportunity to access the training they need to contribute proactively and confidently to council business.

Similarly, councils need to ensure that clerks are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to develop professionally. By engaging with quality training and the associated networking opportunities, clerks can develop confidence in key areas and be inspired and motivated to do more and, crucially, achieve more for their council.

By ensuring that your council's forthcoming budget includes adequate provision for training (and for associated travel/subsidence) your council is not only investing in its staff and councillors it is future-proofing the council and contributing positively to an increased professionalism in the local council sector.

For all training related enquiries, please contact the office on 0116 235 3800 or email us at admin@leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

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NALC funding and grants bulletin

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:46 by Jake Atkinson

The latest NALC funding and grants bulletin for member councils can be found below.