Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

Chief Executive: Jake Atkinson
Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road
Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AY

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Latest News

Appointment of Training and Advice Manager

LRALC has appointed Frances Webster as its Training and Advice Manager. Frances is CiLCA qualified and has a Law degree. She has been Clerk to Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council since early 2013 (and more recently to Smeeton Westerby Parish Council as well) and before that had a career in law and advice work. Frances has a wealth of skills that she is bringing to LRALC and we believe she will be a real... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:28 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, staff

No libraries or streetlights left in Britain by 2020 if austerity doesn't stop, warns Tory local government chief

"We won't be cleaning the streets we won't be cutting the grass, we won't be putting street lights on at all, your libraries will go, your pot holes won't get filled up"

The stark warning was given by Lord Porter, Conservative Chairman of the Local Government Association in a recent interview as reported by the Independent newspaper (see here).

In support, Paul Carter, Tory leader of Kent County Council,... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:16 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Localism, austerity

LCC LRALC Annual Parishes Liaison Event 10th July 2017

LRALC were proud to be part of the excellent Leicestershire County Council Annual Parishes Liaison Event this week. There were great presentations by Jonathan Owen (NALC Chief Executive) and colleagues from Leicestershire County Council. A real sense of Leicestershire leading the way again.

Thank you to our parishes who delivered an unbelievable turnout of over 100 delegates, the largest attendance... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:59 by admin

Tags: LCC, LRALC, event

LRALC Newsletter No. 3 available now!

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

Top Tip – Taking VAT Advice!

Annual data sets and rights of inspection notices.

LRALC Core Training Fees.

Transparency Fund 2017-18 now live! (as detailed in round robin 05.05.17)

Personnel Advice & Solutions Ltd – Council HR News.

NALC Documents.

LAIS Briefings.

LCC Parish Clerks' Highways Newsletter May 2017 (distributed... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:49 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Newsletter

Transparency Fund 2017/18 is now live!

NALC has advised that this year's Transparency Fund is now open and have released the relevant form for use when submitting an application to the Fund (see below). Please refer to the guidance notes when completing your application. Completed forms should be returned to the LRALC office in the first instance.

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:02 by admin

Tags: Transparency

NALC Publications - Download your own copies

A reminder that a wide range of free (to member councils) publications are available on the NALC website. Although we list new NALC publications on our news page as and when they are published, this page lists them individually. Development tools can be found here.

As member councils will be aware, this year alone there have been a number of new/revised publications published by NALC and these are a... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:02 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance, Localism, website, Book

NALC publishes the Good Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning

NALC has announced the publication of the Good Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning. This vital and innovative guide is the first of its kind and is aimed at local councillors who are interested in finding out more about their role in relation to neighbourhood planning.

The guide is available now to download (see link below)

Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:35 by admin

Tags: Nalc, neighbourhood plan

Journalists and inspection of parish and town council accounts

Grant Thornton - Limited Assurance 2016/17 - Bulletin 3 – New rights of inspection

Journalists now have the right to inspect the accounts (but it's still only electors who can raise questions and objections with the external auditor).

The Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017 (the Act) received royal assent on 27 April 2017. The Act extends rights of inspection under section 26 of the... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Financial, Finance & Audit, audit

New guide to elector's rights to challenge parish council accounts at audit time

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law.

Click here for the guide.

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 14:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Finance & Audit

Top tip – Election of Chairman and Annual Parish Council Meetings

By the end of this month every Parish Council should have held their Annual Parish Council Meeting, and the Chairman of the Parish Council should have called the Annual Parish Meeting (which must be held by 1st June each year).

LRALC is aware from some of the notices, minutes and agendas that we have seen that there is still confusion in some quarters about the requirements in relation to these meetings.... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 16:05 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, chairman, annual meeting

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