As always at this time of year we are publishing information to assist our member councils in ensuring that they are compliant and are fulfilling legal requirments placed upon them with regards to the annual audit process for all councils.
Councils which were eligible to certify as exempt from external audit (ie below £25k turnover), and did so, will receive nothing further from their external... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:01 by Jake Atkinson
NALC has issued a revised version of its model Financial Regulations (FRs) which requires a relatively large number of amendments to be made to existing FRs used by councils that are based on the NALC model.
See below for the revised document and guidance on implementing the changes.
Posted: Mon, 05 Aug 2019 10:38 by Jake Atkinson
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
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
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
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
In the 7+ years I have been delivering training and providing advice on behalf of LRALC as its Chief Officer/Executive there have been many many occasions where it has been made clear to me that some of those receiving LRALC's guidance have been a little cynical as to the importance of applying some of the legal and procedural requirements to their councils. This is often the case when those councils... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:16 by Jake Atkinson
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
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