Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland


Lockdown extended for Leicester

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

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Coronavirus - Guidance on Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

Up to date government guidance on the reopening of Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms can be found here.

The document predominantly provides guidance rather than requirements on how operators can approach the re-opening of facilities and it has a clear message that playgrounds should only be opened where it is safe to do so. It is a requirement that a local Covid-19 risk assessment must be undertaken for... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:28 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Outdoor, Playgrounds

Coronavirus - Letter to Councils with Public Toilets

Councils who are responsible for public toilets should refer to the letter referenced here. We know a number of our councils provide these facilities and the letter provides some guidance on their reopening.

Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:19 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Toilets

Employee Pay Award 2020-21

Many councils have contracts in place with their staff (even where they only have one employee, i.e. the clerk) which entitles the employee to receive the national cost of living pay award as part of the National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

The GMB and UNISON are conducting a ballot of their members, without any recommendation, with a return date of end of July for a response on the Employer's... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:23 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Employment

Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms to Remain Closed - Government

Government yesterday (13th May 2020) issued guidance regarding the reopening of open spaces.

The guidance can be found here

However, the guidance says that playgrounds and outdoor gyms must remain closed, as well as raising other issues for maintaining social distancing around parks and green spaces, which may include:

• High levels of footfall particularly in warmer weather, during the day and in... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 15:41 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Zoom subscription/Update.

Following the information regarding discount for Zoom from NALC last week, the discount offered was for a purchase of 10 licences! Apologies for any confusion. The Pro package is £11.99 per month.

NALC update:

Update on discount for Zoom subscription

NALC is currently liaising with the Crown Commercial Service and Zoom regarding the discounted package previously communicated (including on the coronavirus... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 08:21 by John Kilcoyne

Tags: Coronavirus, meetings

NALC Financial impact survey for Parish and Town Councils

NALC needs your help to gather evidence on the financial impact of the coronavirus on local councils.

This information is vital to our representation to the government on the loss of income to local councils during these difficult times, and the need for a tailored financial support package for the local council sector.

The short survey includes questions on precept, staffing and income so it would be... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 08:11 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, nalc

LRALC Training Courses

As previously informed, all LRALC training courses are currently suspended. However, we are currently making plans to commence delivering training and briefings online. We are looking at online platforms and will inform members as soon as we are in a position to publicise sessions.

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:09 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, training

LRALC Support For Member Councils During COVID-19 Crisis

If you are visiting this site as a councillor from a member council and are looking for information and support for your council during the current crisis you can find this on a special non-public page on our website, the link for which has been sent to all member councils via the clerk. Please contact us if you need the link sending.

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:00 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Coronavirus, Guidance, LRALC

Leicestershire County Council Communities Fund

Leicestershire County Council has established a £1m fund to support the local voluntary and community sector, during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises can apply for a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £25,000 for support with a range of activities including core organisational running costs, additional... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:44 by admin

Tags: Coronavirus, Funding, LCC

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