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Publication of councillors’ and candidates’ home addresses

LRALC wish to draw your attention to a letter from Rishi Sunak to local authorities regarding publication of councillors' and candidates' home addresses.

In the letter he confirms that he is taking forward a recommendation from the Committee on Standards in Public Life Review of Intimidation in Public Life that the Government should bring forward legislation to remove the requirement for candidates... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:45 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Elections, Guidance, Nalc

Increase of automatic enrolment contributions

A reminder that the minimum contributions payable into automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes will increase from 6 April 2019. This applies to all employers with staff in a pension scheme for automatic enrolment.

It is the council's responsibility to make sure these increases are implemented. Further information and details of the minimum contributions payable can be found here: https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/employers/increase-of-automatic-enrolment-contributions... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:20 by Frances Webster

Tags: Pensions

PKF Littlejohn guidance on external audit for 2019

We have received confirmation from PKF Littlejohn that they will not be able to provide any training sessions at county level this spring due to the extent of the geographical area that they now cover.

They will be hosting a webinar similar to last year which is planned to be recorded on 19 March and will then be available on their (and our) website.

This will be a short update for the 2018/19 season... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:06 by Frances Webster

Tags: Finance & Audit

Elections 2019 LRALC FAQ

Further to the two Elections Workshops that we held on 31st January 2019 we have complied a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers which can be found here. These cover a variety of topics including purdah, candidate nominations, annual meetings and election costs.

This information can be read alongside the FAQ provided by the Local Government Association on the pre-election period.... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:04 by Frances Webster

Tags: Elections

Cancellation of Clerks 3 training 28th February 2019

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Clerks 3 training planned for today (28th February 2019) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Posted: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:43 by admin

Tags: LRALC, training

"Local Council Review" Magazine

"Local Council Review" Magazine

LCR is a high-quality, glossy quarterly magazine published by NALC with in-depth articles and features offering you advice and good practice, along with regular spotlights on parish and town councils and top tips information to help assist you with the real issues affecting local councils and communities.

Find out more about LCR

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Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:39 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Newsletter

Mountsorrel PC - General Manager Mountsorrel Memorial Centre

Mountsorrel PC - General Manager Mountsorrel Memorial Centre

Full Time & Permanent. £24,000 (Depending on Experience) + Attractive Pension and Annual Leave Package

Mountsorrel Memorial Centre (MMC) is a vital, local arts, events and community space: a new and unique space for original and popular arts and live artists from across the UK, and a flagship venue for Mountsorrel. Housed in a brand new purpose built building, Mountsorrel Parish Council has... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:46 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Employment, Job

How Safe Are Your Trees - Parish Council To Pay £500k Damages Bill

This case from 2018 flags up the importance of local councils having in place a proper regime of inspections and upkeep of trees that the council may be responsible for.

LRALC is looking to provide a level 1 tree inspection training courses for council staff, tree wardens, etc., later this year. Look out for details on this via the usual routes (website, round robin, etc).

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:21 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, risk, training, trees

Market Bosworth nominated for a Royal Town Planning Institute Award

Market Bosworth nominated for a Royal Town Planning Institute Award

Member councils undertaking similar work may be interested and inspired to see that Market Bosworth has produced a document which has been nominated for a Royal Town Planning Institute Award and is a finalist at the upcoming awards ceremony.

This is very exciting for them, especially as the work has been done entirely by volunteers. They have been nominated against some "big guns"!

It's a huge achievement... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 05 Feb 2019 10:39 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Localism, neighbourhood plan

Purdah FAQs and Guidance

The Local Government Association have previously published a very useful set of FAQs on "purdah", the pre-election preriod, click here to access the FAQs.

The full range of LGA purdah advice can be accessed here.

This confirms, amongst other things that:

1. All sitting councillors, whether seeking re-election or not, should have regard for the Publicity Code and the restrictions during the purdah period.... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:34 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LGA, elections, purdah

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