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

Latest News

Council tax referendum principles have not been extended to local (parish and town) councils in 2017/18.

Council tax referendum principles have not been extended to local (parish and town) councils in 2017/18.

The secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid MP, yesterday announced the provisional local government finance settlement for 2017/18 in the House of Commons, an extract from his speech is below:

"Local [town and parish councils] play an important role in our civic life.... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:35 by admin

Tags: Nalc, LRALC, Council Tax Localisation

LRALC 2016 Newsletter No. 6 now published!

The latest LRALC newsletter is available to download now. Contents include:

Top Tip – Emergency/Resilience Planning.

LRALC newsletter – A member only resource!

LRALC website access – Guidance for outgoing clerks.

IMPORTANT CONSULTATION: LRALC Draft Strategic Plan - Priorities and Actions.

Important external audit changes: information for ALL Member Councils.

Personnel Advice & Solutions... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:29 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Newsletter

Proposals to replace LGO with Public Service Ombudsman include coverage for Town and Parish Councils for first time

Proposals have been published to replace the Local Government Ombudsman with a Public Service Ombudsman which would mean Ombudsman coverage for all Town and Parish Councils for first time.

Currently local councils do not have a regulatory body or Ombudsman. This leaves complaints about local councils largely within the self-regulatory framework of internal complaints procedures, unless there is a matter... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:20 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, consultation, complaints

IMPORTANT CONSULTATION: LRALC Draft Strategic Plan - Priorities and Actions

Dear Member Council (Clerks, please circulate to all Cllrs),

Please find attached a presentation which summarises the draft strategic priorities and actions discussed and provisionally/informally agreed by the LRALC Executive Committee at a planning session on Monday 14th November. These were due to be formally considered at the planned Executive Committee meeting on Monday 5th December 2016. However,... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:58 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, consultation

"Exploring the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Creating a Neighbourhood Plan" Tuesday January 24th 2017 - Uppingham

Exploring the Environmental, Social and Economic Benefits of Creating a Neighbourhood Plan Tuesday January 24th 2017

The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY - 10am to 4.30pm A DCLG/Locality Funded Invitation supported by Rutland County Council.

Please click on link below for information on this event which is intended to bring together communities not yet convinced about the merits of creating... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:15 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Localism, planning, neighbourhood plan

Press Release for ALL Member Councils: External Audit Appointments

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL COUNCILS

SAAA Ltd is pleased to announce that it has successfully concluded the procurement process and has awarded contracts for the supply of limited assurance audit reviews for smaller authorities. Three audit firms have been appointed as suppliers for the five-year period commencing 1 April 2017: PKF Littlejohn, Mazars and Moore Stephens. Contracts have been signed... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:40 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, LRALC, Finance & Audit, audit, Funding

Parish Councillors - Leaders of Change

In recent weeks we have dealt with a number of queries from councils who have had "casual vacancies" to fill as a result of councillor resignations. A common reason for these resignations seem to be frustration at what is perceived to be "limited powers to influence change", or similar. I rarely get the opportunity to speak to these councillors directly to find out more about why they feel the way... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:51 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Localism, councillor

LRALC Strategic Plan v2.0 - Progress Update

LRALC Strategic Plan v2.0 - Progress Update

The small but perfectly formed LRALC officer team is currently pulling together responses and suggestions from multiple sources (e.g. the Member Satisfaction Survey results, Executive Committee Away Day discussions, LRALC training course feedback, etc.) in a brainstorming exercise for inclusion in the new draft Strategic Plan for the Association.

The draft priorities will be considered again by Executive... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:35 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, consultation

LRALC Awarded Runner-Up Status in Outstanding Project of The Year Category at NALC Star Councils Ceremony

LRALC Awarded Runner-Up Status in Outstanding Project of The Year Category at NALC Star Councils Ceremony

Following the news that LRALC was a finalist in the NALC Star Councils Awards (http://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/684-nalc-announces-star-councils-2016-awards-winners) in the CALC Outstanding Project of The Year category your Association was announced as runner up at the awards last night.

The project we were shortlisted for was the joint Neighbourhood Plan project delivered with the Rural Community... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Nalc, neighbourhood plan

LRALC 2016 Newsletter No 5 available now!

The LRALC 2016 Newsletter No. 5 is available to download now. Contents include:

Top Tip – Parish Councils and the use of photographs taken in public.

Parish Councils and Pension Auto Enrolment - Don't Get Fined!

NALC Documents.

NALC Chairman & Chief Executive's Report to NALC Executive Committee September 2016 and to National Council October 2016.

LAIS Briefings.

Highway Maintenance Consultation... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:38 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Newsletter

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