We often get queries from members of the public and councillors alike regarding the role and powers of members of the public in parish council meetings. It can best be summarised as a statutory right to observe the business undertaken at formal meetings of a council, akin to being able to sit outside the goldfish bowl and observe what goes on inside.
We are asked "how does a member of the public propose... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:37 by Jake Atkinson
The Committee on Standards in Public Life report on ethical standards in local government is being published today, and should be available on their website from 10.00.
A number of NALC colleagues will be at the report launch in Parliament. The Committee have also invited some county officers.
Yesterday NALC briefed the Management Board on the report's headlines and agreed a number of key messages which... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:59 by Jake Atkinson
Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration (now edited by Paul Claydon) is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community councils, in the form of an extensive though succinct narrative accompanied by comprehensive statutory materials.
'The yellow book' remains the key text for parish councils and its eleventh edition will be available from the publishers soon.
Details on how to order... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:02 by Jake Atkinson
The new 2018 version of the NALC Model Standing Orders are now available to download (member councils only).
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:25 by Jake Atkinson
The minimum contributions that employers and their staff pay into automatic enrolment workplace pension schemes are increasing. This includes local councils as employers where they have eligible staff (see NALC LTN 79 here for specific local councils advice).
It is the council's legal responsibility to make sure these increases are implemented.
Minimum contributions are increasing in two phases. The... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:00 by Jake Atkinson
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published, free for its members, a comprehensive toolkit to support local councils prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.
This toolkit provides a number of practical tools to assist local councils with GDPR compliance, in the form of an action plan checklist and a data audit questionnaire,... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:59 by Jake Atkinson
The latest NALC briefing on the role of the Data Protection Officer under the General Data Protection Regulation is available for download below. You must be logged in to this website as a user in order to access it.
Posted: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:10 by Jake Atkinson
In the 7+ years I have been delivering training and providing advice on behalf of LRALC as its Chief Officer/Executive there have been many many occasions where it has been made clear to me that some of those receiving LRALC's guidance have been a little cynical as to the importance of applying some of the legal and procedural requirements to their councils. This is often the case when those councils... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:16 by Jake Atkinson
Further support and guidance is now available to help member councils prepare for the implementation of the new sector wide requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation.
We now only 6 months from the deadline for compliance and our advice is that councils should have a standing agenda item at council meetings leading up to the 18 May deadline so that councillors are fully in control of... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:08 by Jake Atkinson
On Wednesday 11th May the Court of Appeal allowed the Governments appeal against the quashing of the 10 dwellings or fewer exemption that Reading and West Berkshire secured previously in the high court. This appeal was allowed on all four grounds against Mr Justice Holgate's judgment in West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 May 2016 20:44 by Jake Atkinson