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: Guidance

Statements from BC/DC Leaders and LCC Leaders on Unitary Proposals

Statements from BC/DC Leaders and LCC Leaders on Unitary Proposals

The leaders of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, and Oadby and Wigston councils issued a joint statement on 29th October 2018.

It said: "We would like to thank the Leicestershire MPs for their joint letter to all district and county council leaders following their meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss our proposed review of the current model... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:32 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, unitary

NEW! NALC Good Councillors Guides 2018

The National Training Strategy has published an essential guidance for local councillors. The guide is a resource primarily aimed at new councillors but also can be for those thinking about becoming a local councillor. Indeed this is a guide useful for long-established councillor. This is no time to sit on the fence or offer views from the sidelines. Local councils need active, interested and committed... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 17 May 2018 13:22 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance

NALC launches new guide with the Local Government Association

NALC launches new guide with the Local Government Association

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to launch a new guide setting out how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership.

This guide sets out a series of core principles to working effectively in partnership. It features twelve innovative case studies exemplifying the added value greater partnership between the... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 17 May 2018 13:18 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance

Top Tip - Parish and Town Council Minutes

This top tip is in the form of bulleted points relating to minutes, and summarises the most common queries and issues we come across when working with member councils.

  • All councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 MUST by law publish on a website draft minutes of all council meetings (including committees) within a month of the meeting taking place, even if still draft.
  • Minutes of the Annual... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 17 May 2018 11:25 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance

Redaction of AGAR Signatures

Since our round robin on Friday 11th May 2018 we have had further correspondence from PFK Littlejohn on the issue of the redaction of signatures on published AGAR forms. The issue is due to be discussed further by PFK Littlejohn in the light of GDPR implementation.

See below for a copy of the correspondence.

Thank you for your email. Our expectation is that signatures are not redacted. This was raised... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2018 20:08 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, audit, Finance & Audit

GDPR - 12 steps to compliance (Steps 1-12)

Please find attached the remaining sections of our 12-step guide to GDPR compliance. This document is the work of our new Training and Advice Manager, Frances Webster, and is intended to take the ICO's 12 steps and turn them into practical guidance and support specifically for local councils. I'm sure you'll agree with me that it is an excellent piece of work which will assist member councils in understanding... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:31 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, GDPR

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

New guidance on local government investments

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

Tags: Guidance, audit, Finance & Audit, investments, reserves