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Pre-Election Period - Guidance for Parish and Town Councils

Our colleagues over the border in Northants have published an excellent publicly available briefing for our sector on the pre-election rules that all councils must follow.

This is essential reading for even the smallest parishes.

The guide, courtesy of Northants CALC (NCALC), can be found here.

Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2024 10:20 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Pre-election, Purdah

Have You Got What It Takes - Deputy Clerk & Admin Assistant Jobs at Whitwick Parish Council

Have You Got What It Takes - Deputy Clerk & Admin Assistant Jobs at Whitwick Parish Council

Deputy Parish Clerk (25 hrs) Administration Assistant (25 hrs)

*Deputy Clerk circa £31k pro-rata, £16.02 per hour

*Administration Assistant circa £25k pro-rata, £13.06 per hour

Whitwick Parish Council is going through a period of change, and we are now looking to appoint two key posts to support our new Parish Clerk and complete the staff team. Both roles offer attractive terms... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 2 Jun 2024 17:19 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Jobs

Jobs in Parish Councils

A reminder that current job vacancies in our sector can be found on our website, here.

We have a couple of exciting vacancies with Whitwick Parish Council going live on Monday 3rd June, namely a Deputy Clerk and Administration Assistant. These posts, once recruited to, will form an entirely new staff team alongside the newly recruited clerk. As such, they will be important roles in helping to shape... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2024 10:02 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Jobs

Lessons to learn? Are you REALLY in control of your council's finances (Brierley Town Council Public Interest Report)?

The below article was previously published by us in 2015. We are reposting it below as we are increasingly identifying inadequate management of risk by some of the councils who use our Internal Audit Service. Whilst this is perhaps to be expected in the year immediately following an election, where many new councillors may not know the responsibilities they have for ensuring proper internal controls... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 24 May 2024 13:10 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit, Fraud, Public Interest Report

General Election and the Pre-Election (ex-Purdah) Period

The general election we all knew was coming at some point soon is now confirmed for 4th July 2024.

The pre-election period (which used to be known as "Purdah") has implications for parish and town councils, and the NALC briefing on the issue has been available on our website since February 2023 and can be found here.

The LGA also issued specific general election guidance today, here.

The Prime Minister... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 24 May 2024 11:29 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Election

Update on Parish Council Being Charged for Code of Conduct Investigation Costs

Further to our article dated 12th May. we can now provide an update on the recharging of a Code of Conduct investigation to a parish council in Staffordshire.

As we suspected at the time, it appears that there is no legal basis for such a recharge from a principal authority.

NALC have liaised with the chair of the Staffordshire association, and the county association are liaising with the member council... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 24 May 2024 11:19 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Code Of Conduct, Standards

Parish Councils and Technology

Parish Councils and Technology

Many would agree with the statement that parish councils can sometimes be slow at adopting technology that can make their lives much easier. An example of this is VOIP telephone systems which, for those councils who already had such a system, made life under the COVID lockdowns much easier than at those councils where someone had to physically go to the parish office once a week to pick up answer machine... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 20 May 2024 11:33 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: AI, meetings, recording

A Shocking Development in Parish Council Code of Conduct Investigations

In what we believe is a first for England, a parish council is being charged what appears to be the full cost of an investigation into Code of Conduct complaints against one of its councillors.

Newcastle Borough Council (NBC) has issued the parish council with a bill for £23,865, including around £4,000 VAT, covering the cost of the standards investigation following the complaints. These... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 12 May 2024 16:27 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Code Of Conduct

IMPORTANT: NEW NALC FINANCIAL REGULATIONS ISSUED

These have now been published and are ready to use. We weren't expecting these for another week, and we are very grateful to NALC for pushing the release date forward to assist councils who wish to consider them at their annual parish council meeting.

Over the years we have seen many self-written FRs, or copies of the NALC model with entire sections removed, usually because a council feels they are... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 3 May 2024 11:17 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Financial Regulations

Banking and Parish Councils - A World of Pain?

Banking and Parish Councils - A World of Pain?

Over the last few years, several local (parish and town) councils have communicated their frustration to NALC and county associations that high street and other banks do not understand what they are, how they work or what sector they fit into.

Local councils must, however, be able to discharge their statutory financial duties under the Local Government Act, 1972, the relevant Audit and Accounts regulations,... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 2 May 2024 12:01 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Banking, Banks

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