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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

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