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NALC Funding and grants bulletin - August 2019

Please click below for NALC's latest funding and grants bulletin.

Posted: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:49 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Funding, grants

A short guide to publicity during the pre-election period

This LGA produced guide provides advice and guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period.

What is purdah?

The term 'purdah' has come into popular use across central and local government to describe the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on communications activity are in place. The... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 08:55 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, elections, purdah, lga

Friends of the Earth Climate Emergency Briefing for Local Councils

Friends of the Earth Climate Emergency Briefing for Local Councils

Friends of the Earth have produced a guide for local parish and town councils who are interested in how they can practically "do their bit" in addressing environmental and climate issues.

Click the link below to access the guidance.

Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:51 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, climate emergency, environment

New website accessibility resources

Last year the government introduced regulations for public sector bodies' websites, which are applicable to local councils.

For websites published before 23 September 2018, they will need to be compliant by 23 September 2020. The Government Digital Service recently published guidance for smaller organisations doing a basic accessibility check, NALC have also created a PowerPoint presentation which provides... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:40 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance, website accessibility

Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network Event 19th November

Tuesday 19th November 2019 - County Hall, Glenfield

The Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning Network provides an opportunity for Neighbourhood Planning groups within Leicestershire to come together and share their experiences, knowledge and skills. The Agenda for the meeting will be available shortly. If you have items that you would like to include please get in touch. If we are not able to accommodate... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:28 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Localism, neighbourhood plan, LCC, training, planning

#OurDay 2019 - Wednesday 20th November

This year's #OurDay will take place on 19 November. Now a regular campaign fixture in the annual calendar, #OurDay is the Local Government Association's annual 24-hour social media marathon for local government, so gives local (parish and town) councils, councillors, and clerks a great opportunity to share their stories of how they improve the quality of life of residents. We would really like local... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:07 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, LRALC, Localism

NALC Annual Conference 2019 commences in Milton Keynes

NALC Annual Conference 2019 commences in Milton Keynes

The largest national gathering in the sector's annual calendar kicked off this morning with the NALC AGM followed by an thought provoking plenary by the NALC Chief Executive on the state of the sector and exciting initiatives being led by local councils across the country.

The agenda for the event can be found here.

LRALC will feedback on key discussions and outcomes from the conference via the usual... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, councillor, conference

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

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... Read More »

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

Tags: LRALC, Nalc, review, Guidance

No Referendum Principles for 2020/21

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.

As... Read More »

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

Tags: Capping, Budget, Finance, Precept

Government increases margin applied to new PWLB loans with immediate effect

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.


Some local authorities have substantially increased their use of the PWLB in recent months, as... Read More »

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

Tags: Guidance, borrowing, Financial

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