See below for details of a webinar being run by HMRC:
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 October mean that employers will need to fund 20% of furloughed employees' usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.
The scheme closes on 31 October and you will need to make any final claims on or... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:19 by Jake Atkinson
NALC has published its response to the current planning system policy consultation. Please click the link below to access it.
Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 10:18 by Jake Atkinson
The Prime Minister has just announced a new set of rules which he says the nation must follow for at least 6 months. These rules will inevitably affect parish councils directly.
More to follow.
Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:47 by Jake Atkinson
ACRE have published their latest guidance on operating community buildings during the current pandemic. They have also provided risk assessment templates for users and managers of such facilities. Click the respective links below.
Posted: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:12 by Jake Atkinson
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