Following NALC's prioritisation of the climate emergency and steps to tackle it, the LRALC Board has decided to make information and resources available to those member councils who wish to take practical steps.
Following the publication on our website of the Friends of the Earth Parish Councils guidance last year, we are now circulating a very useful toolkit developed for local councils in Somerset.... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:16 by Jake Atkinson
This LGA produced guide provides advice and guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period.
What is purdah?
The term 'purdah' has come into popular use across central and local government to describe the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on communications activity are in place. The... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 08:55 by Jake Atkinson
Friends of the Earth have produced a guide for local parish and town councils who are interested in how they can practically "do their bit" in addressing environmental and climate issues.
Click the link below to access the guidance.
Posted: Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:51 by Jake Atkinson
Last year the government introduced regulations for public sector bodies' websites, which are applicable to local councils.
For websites published before 23 September 2018, they will need to be compliant by 23 September 2020. The Government Digital Service recently published guidance for smaller organisations doing a basic accessibility check, NALC have also created a PowerPoint presentation which provides... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:40 by Jake Atkinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has piloted its first-ever Peer Review at Chippenham Town Council in Wiltshire recently.
This exciting joint initiative between NALC and the Local Government Association (LGA), part of their joint work on sector-led improvement, helps to showcase the strong ambition within the sector to rise to the challenge of devolution and to raise the standard within... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:35 by Jake Atkinson
Public Works Board lending is offered at a fixed margin above the Government's cost of borrowing, as measured by gilt yields.
The Treasury raised the margin over gilts to 100bps (one percentage point) in 2010, to better reflect the availability of capital finance, and lowered it to 80bps over gilts in 2013.
Some local authorities have substantially increased their use of the PWLB in recent months, as... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:35 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
For some reason there is a common belief that exists among some parish councils that if all the councillors resign en masse or there are insufficient councillors to make a quorum folowing an election that somehow the council ceases to exist.
This is simply not the case, a council with no councillors is still a council as a local authority is a corporate body and accordingly has the appropriate legal... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:17 by Jake Atkinson
LRALC wish to draw your attention to a letter from Rishi Sunak to local authorities regarding publication of councillors' and candidates' home addresses.
In the letter he confirms that he is taking forward a recommendation from the Committee on Standards in Public Life Review of Intimidation in Public Life that the Government should bring forward legislation to remove the requirement for candidates... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:45 by Jake Atkinson
Points of Light is a collection of case studies highlighting the work that local (parish and town) councils are undertaking to support their communities. Well done to Anstey, Syston, and Uppingham councils for their excellent work being highlighted in the publication.
Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:33 by Jake Atkinson