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LRALC 2017 Newletter No. 1 available now!

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

Top Tip – PAYE.

CiLCA Training – Advice for New Clerks.

Future Specialist Training Course Details.

Study of future growth in Leicester and Leicestershire.

East Midlands Funding Forum (EMFF) – e-bulletin January 2017 (previously highlighted in round robin 03.02.17)

Personnel Advice & Solutions Ltd – Council... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:52 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Newsletter

A Councillor's Workbook on Neighbourhood and Community Engagement

Neighbourhood and community engagement has a rightful place as one of the key processes involved in planning and decision making. As such, it should not be viewed as an additional task, but as a core part of the business of local councils.

This workbook has been designed as a learning aid for elected members. It makes no judgement about whether you have been a member for some time, or whether you have... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:29 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, councillor, lga

Keep it Local for Better Services - Devolved Services Guide for Councillors

Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity's challenges.

But there is a better way: Locality's Keep it Local campaign calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which provide substantially better outcomes and value... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: locality, Guidance, Localism, devolution

How safe are your council's computer files?

A valuable lesson can be learnt from the unfortunate and costly experience of Tiverton Town Council who lost 2 years worth of computer files just by opening one email. The email contained ransomware and anti-virus software was powerless to stop it.

Not only does this story emphasise the importance of backing up files daily, it also shows how costly data loss can be. Read More »

Posted: Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:25 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Data, IT

LRALC Strategic Plan 2017/2020 - Full consultation now open

The second LRALC Strategic Plan was approved for consultation with the membership by the January 2017 Executive Committee.

The consultation on the full document (including action plan) will last until Friday 3rd March 2017. Responses from member councils should be sent to and marked "strategic plan consultation" in the subject header. Responses of council are... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:49 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, consultation, strategic plan

Clerks - watch the new CiLCA video to find out how CiLCA can give you the tools to make confident, informed decisions for your council and your community.

Would you like to build your confidence in your role within local council?

The CiLCA qualification provides you with a broad knowledge of all the aspects of a clerk's work - roles and responsibilities, the law, procedures, finance planning and community involvement. It is a level 3, foundation qualification for local council officers and others working with local councils.

Study CiLCA and learn the tools... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:05 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, training, CiLCA

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

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