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

Proposals to replace LGO with Public Service Ombudsman include coverage for Town and Parish Councils for first time

Proposals have been published to replace the Local Government Ombudsman with a Public Service Ombudsman which would mean Ombudsman coverage for all Town and Parish Councils for first time.

Currently local councils do not have a regulatory body or Ombudsman. This leaves complaints about local councils largely within the self-regulatory framework of internal complaints procedures, unless there is a matter... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:20 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, consultation, complaints

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

Only one week until smaller councils must publish their annual data - act now!

All local councils with a turnover of £25k or less are now only a week away from the deadline for publishing their annual data for 2015-16 on a public website.

The following must be published by 1st July:

  • All items of income and expenditure above £100.
  • End of year accounts, annual governance statement, and internal audit report (as contained in the annual return). The end of year accounts... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, LRALC, Transparency, audit

Purdah and the EU Referendum

A referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union will take place on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 places restrictions on the material that local authorities and others can publish about the referendum. These restrictions apply for a period of 28 days before the referendum and become effective from Friday, 27 May 2016.

All Parish and Town Councils... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:05 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Elections, Electors, referendum, purdah

Good Councillors Guide 2016

The Good Councillors Guide 2016 has been produced by NALC.

This can be downloaded from NALC's website, in the development tools section of the members' area (log in required). To order the Good Councillor's Guide member councils should contact LRALC directly.

This is by far NALC's most popular publication. The fourth edition was downloaded over 60,000 times from NALC's website alone, and 30,000 hard... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:18 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Nalc, Guidance, councillor

Good Councillors Guide - Addendum

Good Councillors Guide - Addendum

An addendum has been produced for the 4th edition of the Good Councillors Guide. It can be found in the publications page of the NALC website, using the link below:

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/publications/1555-addendum-good-councillors-guide-4th-edition/file

A reminder that the guide itself can be downloaded free of charge from the NALC website using the link below:

https://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/publications/801-good-councillors-guide/file... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 16:58 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Nalc, Guidance, councillor

Elections 2015 - Statement of persons nominated published; will you have vacancies?

All election authorities have now published their "statement of persons nominated" which will tell all local councils whether they will be having elections, whether they will be quorate, and whether they will have vacancies, amongst other things, following 11th May (the day Councillors take office).

If you will be inquorate please contact us asap.

If you will be quorate but will have vacancies then read... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:11 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Elections, Electors, Guidance

Guidance in the run up to the elections – the period of electoral purdah

As previously publicised, provisions of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity 2011 apply to all town and parish councils.

During the run up to an election the Code contains relevant provisions which you need to be aware of paragraphs 33 – 35 (see below). This is often referred to as the "purdah" period and will start on 30 March 2015 and continue until the election.

"Elections,... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:44 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, elections