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Formed by Parish Councils --- Run for Parish Councils --- Delivering to Parish Councils

The Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC) is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish (including town) councils of Derbyshire, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England.

We offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website. Please do not contact us directly unless you are a member.

Latest News

Transparency Fund

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:20 by Sarita Presland

A Free of Charge drop in Session has been arranged for Tuesday 27 September 2016 10am – 1pm at Aldern House, Bakewell, for Clerks/RFOs/Councillors to come along and find out how an application for funding can be achieved. Please contact Glen – 01629 816338 or admin@derbyshirealc.gov.uk to reserve a place or investigate your council's eligibility. Detail on the Transparency Fund is available on this website under "Documents"

DALC Chief Officer Vacancy - July 2016

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:00 by Sarita Presland

DERBYSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS

Chief Officer - 24 hours per week

SCP35 - 42 (£30,480-£36,937 FTE)

An employers pension contribution of 5% of salary will be offered on completion of probationary period

The Association, currently based in Bakewell, Derbyshire seeks a self motivated person to take on this lead role, supported by an experienced Administrative Officer, to promote the objectives of the Association and to work with, advise and help a large number of parish and town councils covering a wide range of issues. More »

The Association is funded by member subscriptions and there are currently 195 Town and Parish member Councils.

It will be necessary to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the Parish/Town Council sector, provide training on all current issues, have management experience and the ability to provide advice on a wide range of organisational and procedural issues. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to develop sound working relationships with a variety of organisations are also required.

Working hours are flexible and include occasional evenings and weekends particularly in respect of training.

For further details and an application form contact Sarita Presland, Chief Officer on 01629 816338 chiefofficer@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

A dowloadable application pack and form can also be found on the DALC website www.derbyshirealc.gov.uk under "News".

Please note that CV's will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications is Monday 1 August 2016 at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held on Monday 22 August 2016 in Bakewell.

Transparency Code and Public Works Loan Board Consultations

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:01 by Sarita Presland

Consultations – for your council to consider responding to:

Larger Council Transparency Code

Executive Summary

The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to update the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, in particular to change the way that local authorities record details of their land and property assets, and publish information about their procurement, their contracts and the delivery of some of their services. DCLG is also proposing to include in the Code new requirements about information on parking charges and enforcement and about the way transparency data is published and presented. More »

DCLG are proposing to include in the Code recommendations that local authorities publish information about their dealings with small and medium-sized enterprises. Any change to the Local Government Transparency Code requires secondary legislation to revoke the existing Code and put a new, updated, Code in place. It would appear to be the case that this consultation refers to the code for parish councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000 and not the code for smaller authorities.

Context

The government believes not only that transparency is the foundation of local accountability, the key that gives people the tools they need to hold their councils to account, but also that the availability and format of certain data can provide new opportunities for analysis of public spending and the management of public assets. Since 2010 town hall transparency has improved greatly. The changes to the Code proposed in this consultation are the next step in further improving town hall transparency and further increasing the accountability of those entrusted with the stewardship of public resource and assets.

Provisional Response Position Of NALC

Since the elements of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 this consultation relates to largely apply to billing authorities, National Park Authorities and fire and rescue authorities – the National Association intends to respond to say that it feels the aspects of the code which relate to parish councils which have a gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000. – seem to broadly be functioning and that we have not received information from larger councils to the contrary of late.

This consultation closes on 8 July, 2016.

Please send any comments you may have to inform NALC's own response to:

Chris.borg@nalc.gov.uk by at the latest 9am on Tuesday 5 July 2016

Public Works Loans Board

Executive Summary

The Treasury have recently issued a consultation proposing a change to the governance arrangements relating to the function of central government lending to local authorities. It proposes that the PWLB is abolished, using the powers in the Public Bodies Act 2011, and its functions are transferred to the Commissioners of the Treasury.

The proposals only affect the governance arrangements and do not change any of the policy or operational aspects of lending to local authorities. As a governance change, central government will continue to lend to local authorities as now in accordance with the prudential regime and the policy on rates and repayment terms will remain the responsibility of the Treasury.

Context

The Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) is an independent and unpaid statutory body, which originated in 1793 and became established on a permanent basis in 1817. Since 1946 it has consisted of up to 12 Commissioners appointed by the Crown, who are unpaid by law. The functions of the Commissioners are to consider loan applications from local authorities and other prescribed bodies and, where loans are made, to collect the repayments.

However, since 2004, the focus of decision-making has shifted, with local authorities now responsible for identifying projects for which they require funding and whether they can afford to repay any loans. Accordingly, at present, the role of the PWLB as an independent decision-making body is no longer required. The day-to-day responsibilities of the PWLB have been delegated to the United Kingdom Debt Management Office (DMO), an executive agency of HM Treasury (the Treasury), since July 2002.

Provisional Response Position Of NALC

NALC will be lobbying as part of this consultation for an end to the premium charged by the Public Works Loan Board for early repayment of loans. We can see no justification for this charge which penalises Councils and Ratepayers who are acting prudently.

This consultation closes on 3 August, 2016.

Please send comments you may have to inform NALC's own response - to chris.borg@nalc.gov.uk by at the latest 09:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016. » Less