Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland


LRALC secures NALC support to lobby for changes for local councils

LRALC secures NALC support to lobby for changes for local councils

LRALC is not just an advice and training body, we also represent our members and campaign on their behalf.

Thanks to support from LRALC, two proposals from LRALC member councils have now become national policy. Barrowden and Broughton Astley Parish Councils contacted NALC to ask for changes to be made regarding thresholds applicable to local councils in two areas of financial operation, namely:

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2023 14:25 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Lralc, Nalc, Policy

IMPORTANT VAT UPDATE - Treatment of Sports Facilities

VAT on sporting fees - HMRC concede that charges for council sports facilities are non-business.

HMRC's existing guidance is that local authority sports and leisure services can either be taxable or exempt from VAT. This has been challenged in the courts, with test cases for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland going on for several years.

On 26 January 2023, HMRC advised that they will NOT be pursuing... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2023 13:01 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Lralc, Vat

LRALC EGM votes 60:1 to remove time maximum term for elected officers of the Association

The LRALC EGM voted overwhelmingly to back the motion submitted by the LRALC directors on the evening of the 2nd February 2023. The motion was intended to ensure that the pool of talent for critical roles such as Chairman is as large as possible.

Nearly a third of member councils attended or sent a proxy to the meeting, for which we are very grateful. This level of engagement is very important in democratically... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2023 13:45 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Egm, Lralc

LRALC Cost of Living and Budget Setting Resources Now Available

To coincide with LRALC's course on the same subject, we have produced a range of resources to assist councils during this difficult budget setting period.

See below to access these.

Posted: Wed, 09 Nov 2022 12:01 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Briefing, Budget, Cost Of Living, Lralc

LRALC advice on additional bank holiday for council staff

We're getting a lot of enquiries from Councils and County Associations regarding the extra Bank Holiday and how to accommodate it when calculating holiday entitlement and pay for staff on NJC contracts.

If your faced with a similar dilemma, hopefully the following will help:

  • Normal Years

For NJC contracted Employees with 5 years or more continuous service, the usual FTE holiday entitlement is 25 days... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:56 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, queen

Conflicting advice from NALC & Richard Harwood KC on meeting dates

At a meeting this morning NALC Legal outlined the reasons and alleged errors that lead them to strongly disagree with the view issues by Richard Harwood KC.

LRALC has strongly requested that a statement is issued from NALC on this to address the confusion.

In essence, NALC Legal's view on meetings still stands.

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2022 10:53 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Lralc, Nalc, Queen

LRALC Update Number 4 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Thanks to our colleagues in Northants for sharing resources with us during this time. We are busy with AGM prep and are one full-time staff member down due to leave, so it is much appreciated.

Live Screening of the Funeral
As happened for the funeral of Prince Philip, the BBC is providing local communities a TV Licence dispensation. The dispensation will allow any communal setting where TV is not usually... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2022 10:15 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Lralc, Queen

LRALC Update Number 3 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II


The Proclamation was read yesterday (Saturday) at St James's Palace. It will be read at 1300 today (Sunday) in Leicester and 1230 in Oakham. See here for local info for Leicester and Leicestershire: Timetable of events | Leicestershire County Council and here for Rutland: In memory of Her late... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 11 Sep 2022 10:23 by Jake Atkinson


Chairmans Training - Monday 12th September 2022

The planned LRALC Chairman's training at Anstey will be going ahead.

Posted: Sat, 10 Sep 2022 12:18 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Lralc

LRALC Update Number 2 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

First of all, we are aware that we were badly let down by our email provider yesterday, which meant that Harborough and Blaby areas did not receive our first update when sent at 10.30am yesterday. Our sincere apologies. That communication can be found here: News | Leicestershire & Rutland Association of Local Councils (

Below is the second briefing from LRALC following... Read More »

Posted: Sat, 10 Sep 2022 11:05 by admin

Tags: Lralc