Having just returned from a meeting of Snarestone Parish Council in North West Leicestershire I am very pleased to report that with Snarestone's decision this evening to rejoin LRALC we now have all local councils in Leicestershire in membership.
Thank you to Snarestone for inviting LRALC to speak at their meeting tonight and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Posted: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:03 by Jake Atkinson
Leicestershire County Council colleagues would like to advise Parish and Town Councils that the grass cutting season commences on Tuesday 3rd April after the Easter Weekend.
Information on cutting dates for urban and rural grass cutting, including high speed roads, will be available on the website during the season www.leicestershire.gov.uk/grass-cutting . Information about weed spraying and hedge cutting... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:15 by admin
The minimum contributions that employers and their staff pay into automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes are increasing. This includes local councils as employers where they have eligible staff (see NALC LTN 79 here for specific local councils advice).
It is the council's legal responsibility to make sure these increases are implemented.
Minimum contributions are increasing in two phases. The... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:00 by Jake Atkinson
Spending parish council money on your local church (including burials): what are parish councils legally allowed to do?
As we always say in our well-attended and popular Councillor Training sessions, modern parish councils often encounter difficulties operating effectively within a framework of rather older (and dare we suggest outdated) legislation.
As LRALC has previously advised, the Local Government Act 1894, for example, expressly prohibits councils from spending any money on maintaining or improving church property.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:17 by admin
Unfortunately this course has had to be postponed due to the trainer being ill. We will confirm the new date within the next couple of weeks. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.
Posted: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:49 by Jake Atkinson
The Government has published a new edition of its statutory guidance on local government investments. The new edition applies in England only, for accounting periods starting on or after 1st April 2018. The guidance can be found by clicking here.
The main change is that the guidance is now mandatory for parish and town councils where investments exceed or are expected to exceed £100,000 in the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:49 by Jake Atkinson
It was great to see so many of you at PKF Littlejohn's External Audit briefing last week. We have now received a copy of the power point slides for you to access to review the course content.
You will recall that Senior Audit Manager Rebecca Plane promised to provide an update on whether Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR Part 3 (for those authorities subject to a limited assurance review) could be submitted... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:36 by admin
Today's clerks 3 course has been postponed due to the forecast of snow all afternoon in Anstey. Please do not travel. We will be calling all delegates to inform them and provide the new date.
Posted: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:47 by Jake Atkinson
Please note no snow is forecast at our training venue in Anstey for tonight's course and so it is definitely running. All booked delegates should attend.
Posted: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:57 by Jake Atkinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published, free for its members, a comprehensive toolkit to support local councils prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.
This toolkit provides a number of practical tools to assist local councils with GDPR compliance, in the form of an action plan checklist and a data audit questionnaire,... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:59 by Jake Atkinson