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

New Member Only Briefings - Data Protection and Councillor Disqualifications Consultation

Please see below two important briefings that LRALC have commissioned for our members.

The first one (LAIS 1403) relates to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). LRALC have spent much of the last few months highlighting this matter with member councils through parish liaison meetings, training, and other communications on the changes. As such most of you should already know that we are... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:53 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, GDPR, Data Protection

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

NALC Publications - Download your own copies

A reminder that a wide range of free (to member councils) publications are available on the NALC website. Although we list new NALC publications on our news page as and when they are published, this page lists them individually. Development tools can be found here.

As member councils will be aware, this year alone there have been a number of new/revised publications published by NALC and these are a... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:02 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance, Localism, website, Book

New guide to elector's rights to challenge parish council accounts at audit time

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law.

Click here for the guide.

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 14:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Finance & Audit

Top tip – Election of Chairman and Annual Parish Council Meetings

By the end of this month every Parish Council should have held their Annual Parish Council Meeting, and the Chairman of the Parish Council should have called the Annual Parish Meeting (which must be held by 1st June each year).

LRALC is aware from some of the notices, minutes and agendas that we have seen that there is still confusion in some quarters about the requirements in relation to these meetings.... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017 16:05 by admin

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, chairman, annual meeting

New Good Councillors Guide 2017 Published

The all new Good Councillors Guide is now published (see link below) and is recommended for all local council Councillors as essential reading. Its also great for Clerks!

As always, delegates attending LRALC Chairman's training and Councillor training will receive free hard copies, but councils will also be able to order hard copies from us shortly (an online order form will be added here shortly).... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:10 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance, councillor, publication

New Governance and Accountability guide published

Finally the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG) has published the new Governance and Accountability Guide. At their February meeting JPAG approved some modest amendments to the wording of the guide and while the content is not greatly changed a minor error affecting parish meetings has been corrected and some of the explanations in Part 5 have been made clearer.

This new 2017 edition of the guide... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:35 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, Nalc, Finance & Audit, jpag

NALC Purdah Guidance

In advance of the upcoming mayoral combined authority, county and parish elections (in some areas) NALC has reissued its legal briefing L02-17 Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity [England] (March 2017) which includes guidance on purdah.

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:28 by admin

Tags: Nalc, Guidance

A Councillor's Workbook on Neighbourhood and Community Engagement

Neighbourhood and community engagement has a rightful place as one of the key processes involved in planning and decision making. As such, it should not be viewed as an additional task, but as a core part of the business of local councils.

This workbook has been designed as a learning aid for elected members. It makes no judgement about whether you have been a member for some time, or whether you have... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:29 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, councillor, lga

Keep it Local for Better Services - Devolved Services Guide for Councillors

Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity's challenges.

But there is a better way: Locality's Keep it Local campaign calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which provide substantially better outcomes and value... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: locality, Guidance, Localism, devolution