See below for details of a webinar being run by HMRC:
Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 October mean that employers will need to fund 20% of furloughed employees' usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions.
The scheme closes on 31 October and you will need to make any final claims on or... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 11:19 by Jake Atkinson
The Prime Minister has just announced a new set of rules which he says the nation must follow for at least 6 months. These rules will inevitably affect parish councils directly.
More to follow.
Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:47 by Jake Atkinson
ACRE have published their latest guidance on operating community buildings during the current pandemic. They have also provided risk assessment templates for users and managers of such facilities. Click the respective links below.
Posted: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:12 by Jake Atkinson
LRALC will be providing guidance on specific areas of interest for member councils in Friday's round robin but for now here are the newly re-issued guidance notes from government on the new rules.
Green Spaces here.
Council Buildings here.
Community Facilities here.
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:26 by Jake Atkinson
The Government has just this evening announced the introduction of a ban of gatherings above 6 people with some limited exceptions. See the BBC News item on the announcement here.
Although at this stage there is uncertainty about whether this ban will apply to parish and town council meetings, LRALC's advice is that ALL parish and town councils should put any plans to return to physical meetings on... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:32 by Jake Atkinson
A reminder to member councils that our colleagues at NALC have pulled together resources produced by themselves, County Associations, Government, and a range of sector specialists/trade bodies on their Coronavirus Webpage.
It compiles a range of excellent guidance on things like council meetings, play areas, community buildings, etc., and supplements them with useful resources such as template risk... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:42 by Jake Atkinson
The government have published the following update which is relevant to parish and town councils:
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Added link to Department for Culture, Media and Sport guidance for the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:07 by Jake Atkinson
1 The New Kickstart Scheme
- The government will fund six-month job placements with a minimum of 25 hours per week, through Universal Credit, for 350,000 young people aged 18 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
- Under the scheme, which will open for applications in August, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work per week at the national minimum wage (NMW). Employers will be free... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 08:57 by Jake Atkinson
A number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) met with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) last week to discuss the current government guidance. All involved... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:20 by Jake Atkinson
Government continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact, they should continue to do so. Where community facilities need to be used for physical meetings, these meetings should be managed within the social distancing guidance and principles set out in the guidance.
See here for the guidance (paragraph 3d specifically).
Posted: Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:29 by Jake Atkinson