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
The government have published the following update which is relevant to parish and town councils:
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Added link to Department for Culture, Media and Sport guidance for the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:07 by Jake Atkinson
1 The New Kickstart Scheme
- The government will fund six-month job placements with a minimum of 25 hours per week, through Universal Credit, for 350,000 young people aged 18 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
- Under the scheme, which will open for applications in August, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work per week at the national minimum wage (NMW). Employers will be free... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:57 by Jake Atkinson
A number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) met with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) last week to discuss the current government guidance. All involved... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:20 by Jake Atkinson
Government continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact, they should continue to do so. Where community facilities need to be used for physical meetings, these meetings should be managed within the social distancing guidance and principles set out in the guidance.
See here for the guidance (paragraph 3d specifically).
Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:29 by Jake Atkinson
In light of the news of a return to lockdown following a spike in Coronavirus cases in Leicester we wanted to make you aware that the Community Foundation's Coronavirus Support Fund is still open and accepting applications
The funders are keen to support charitable organisations within Leicester Leicestershire and Rutland who are continuing to support the most vulnerable groups at this time!
You can... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:37 by Jake Atkinson
The government produced guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities and guidance for the safe use of council buildings which include what activities can take place from 4 July and what practical steps can be taken to manage risks.
Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:24 by Jake Atkinson
It has just been announced that Leicester is to enter an extended period of lockdown, with extra funding going to all principle authorities in Leicestershire to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate.
Schools will close and non-essential shops will also shut down from tomorrow, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons this evening.
As such all Leicestershire parish and... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 21:21 by Jake Atkinson