In advance of the forthcoming local elections, NALC has updated and republished Legal Topic Note L01-19 on the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity which provides guidance on the pre-election (purdah) period. You can find this in the member's area of the website here (login required)
Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:23 by Frances Webster
The Local Government Resource Center has agreed a partnership with NALC to stage the Local Council EXPO again this year, what they hope will be the largest single gathering for our sector.
Normally national sector events attract between 150 to 300 participants. LGRC and NALC hope to attract at least 500 and up to 1000. Building on the 2016 event they hope to develop this into an annual festival for... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:23 by Jake Atkinson
We have received confirmation that the recording of PKF Littlejohn's training update for 2018/19 is now available on their website here and via YouTube. The slides, including speaker notes, are also available on the website.
PKF Littlejohn has confirmed that they anticipate being able to upload the 2018/19 forms, pro forma templates and instructions to their website before the end of this week.
They... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:49 by Frances Webster
Unfortunately, due to staff illness, the Councillor training planned for today (20th March 2019) is cancelled. The LRALC office is contacting booked delegates to inform them of the cancellation.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:58 by admin
A reminder that all parish and town councils have "re-enrolment" duties which must be carried out three years after the council's automatic enrolment staging date. The council's duties will vary depending on whether or not the council has staff to re-enrol. The council's duties include re- enrolling any opted out employees into a qualifying scheme every three years from the opt-out date.
Re-enrolment... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:24 by Frances Webster
NALC's response to the 2019-20 Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation can be seen below. This covers the ongoing moratorium on "capping" for local councils, and reform of localisation of business rates to provide a share for local councils.
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:23 by Jake Atkinson
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
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
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
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