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

Tags: Financial

NEW COURSE - Local Council Planning for the Medium Term

This course is designed for parish and town councillors and clerks from councils that are interested in maximising the opportunities presented by the 3 year moratorium on "capping".

Many councils are not considering the opportunity for medium term planning provided by the government's announcement that it does not intend to apply the referendum principles (known colloquially as "capping") to parish... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:37 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Financial, Finance & Audit, Funding

Build a better budget: the importance of ensuring adequate training provision

The world of parish and town councils is ever changing, with councillors and clerks regularly being faced with new challenges and opportunities both at a national and local level. GDPR and the recent changes to the external audit process are but two recent examples.

At LRALC one of our key roles is to help your councils keep up-to-date with these changes and make the most of the opportunities that come... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:37 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, training, Financial

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councils often encounter difficulties operating effectively within a framework of rather older (and dare we suggest outdated) legislation.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

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Financial

No "capping" (referendum principles) for Parishes for three years

The Local Government finance settlement was presented to the House of Commons yesterday.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has announced "that the government intends to defer the setting of referendum principles for town and parish councils for 3 three years".

For further information, please click here

Posted: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:57 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Financial, Precept

URGENT - 2018-19 Precept Consultation

Local councils will be aware that under the Localism Act 2011, Government has powers to make an annual decision on whether to introduce automatic precept referendums where they deem increases in local council precepts to be 'excessive'. The decision includes what threshold would apply for triggering referendums and to which councils this trigger would be applied. Although these referendums have been... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:43 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Financial, consultation, precept

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

Grant Thornton Annual Return and External Audit 2016-17 Briefing

Last week at the LRALC External Audit briefing Grant Thornton announced that the Annual Return and associated information will be sent out later than usual this year (end of March/early April) due to responsibility for issuing the Annual Return nationally shifting to SAAA (Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Limited).

Please see the slides below for the full session content.

UPDATE FROM GRANT THORNTON... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:04 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Transparency, audit, Financial

Practitioners' Guide 2016 - complete guide now available

On 28 June 2016 JPAG approved Section 5 of 'Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - Practitioners' Guide 2016' for publication. Section 5 contains supporting information and practical examples, supplementing (but not forming part of) the 'proper practices' set out in Sections 1 and 2.

This completes publication of the 2016 edition of the Guide; there will be no Appendices.... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Nalc, Financial, audit, Book, Transparency, Finance & Audit