LRALC will be providing guidance on specific areas of interest for member councils in Friday's round robin but for now here are the newly re-issued guidance notes from government on the new rules.
Green Spaces here.
Council Buildings here.
Community Facilities here.
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:26 by Jake Atkinson
The Government has just this evening announced the introduction of a ban of gatherings above 6 people with some limited exceptions. See the BBC News item on the announcement here.
Although at this stage there is uncertainty about whether this ban will apply to parish and town council meetings, LRALC's advice is that ALL parish and town councils should put any plans to return to physical meetings on... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:32 by Jake Atkinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today published a new employment briefing on the national salary pay scales for clerks and other employees employed under the terms of the model contract.
The briefing includes updated pay scales in line with the 2004 national agreement for the sector.
Posted: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:11 by Jake Atkinson
NALC has announced details for two events as part of the Rebuilding Communities online event series to help make communities greener.
The first event in partnership with The Woodland Trust, Leaders talk: Putting trees at the heart of your community, takes place on 8 September 2020. The event covers how local (parish and town) councils can provide sustainable wildlife habitats, tackle climate change... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:49 by Jake Atkinson
LRALC understand that UNISON has voted to accept the pay offer by a two to one margin and similarly the GMB have accepted. While UNITE members voted by 70% to reject this offer, however in-line with the constitution of the National Joint Council (NJC), UNITE accepts the collective majority of the other unions and the pay award will now be implemented.
The agreement, which is backdated to 1st April 2020,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:14 by Jake Atkinson
The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has published a new edition of the Practitioners' Guide (otherwise known as Governance and Accountability for Local Councils) and have also written a letter to practitioners' (e.g. clerks, internal auditors, and councillors) clarifying a range of queries.
The letter addresses queries on communications, virtual meetings, the financial year to which... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:59 by Jake Atkinson
Bill Grimsey (formerly of Iceland and Wickes) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Mr Grimsey will talk about his latest report Build, Back, Better, repairing the neglected social fabric of high streets, the need for a shift power away from government to local communities, and the importance of local leadership and the role parish and town... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:39 by Jake Atkinson
A new report exploring the devolution agenda has concluded that government should provide substantive powers and budgets to county authorities and unitary councils urgently, to give them the best possible chance to address the economic impact of Coronavirus.
Ahead of a renewed devolution drive by the government, expected to be outlined in its white paper on devolution and local recovery, the report,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:29 by Jake Atkinson
NALC has updated its coronavirus information. This includes an update on community facilities. See the update below:
The government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities has been updated. These updates reflect changes made to recent the easing of the lockdown restrictions and to provide clarity to advice around social distancing and gathering.
Posted: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:31 by admin
A reminder to member councils that our colleagues at NALC have pulled together resources produced by themselves, County Associations, Government, and a range of sector specialists/trade bodies on their Coronavirus Webpage.
It compiles a range of excellent guidance on things like council meetings, play areas, community buildings, etc., and supplements them with useful resources such as template risk... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:42 by Jake Atkinson