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LAIS - Housing - CPRE Report and Spending Review

LAIS - Housing – CPRE Report and Spending Review

What is in this for local councils?

This LAIS will be of interest to local councils concerned about the impact of Government's housing strategy, insufficient levels of affordable housing, problems integrating sizeable developments with sufficient infrastructure and the sustainability of their community for future generations.

A new report has been published by the Campaign for Rural England (CPRE) pointedly called Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside. This comes days before Government's Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 which contained important announcements on housing, reference to which is also included within this LAIS.

Tue, 01 Dec 2015

LAIS 1381 Fly-Grazing

Local Associations Information Service
LAIS 1381 Fly-Grazing

Wed, 22 Jul 2015

LAIS 1382 Precept Data

Local Associations Information Service
LAIS 1382 Precept Data

Wed, 22 Jul 2015

LAIS 1383 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

Local Associations Information Service

LAIS 1383 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

Mon, 09 Nov 2015

LAIS 1386 National Living Wage

Local councils will wish to be aware that from 1 April 2016 Government's National Living Wage comes into force and any pay rates lower than this for relevant employees will have to be adjusted. Relevant employees are those aged 25 or over and it is set at a lower rate than the Living Wage.

Any employer affected by the change should understand the difference between the forthcoming National Living Wage and the ongoing Living Wage. Government's National Living Wage is compulsory from 1 April 2016 and is based on median earnings. The optional Living Wage, established by the Living Wage Foundation, is calculated according to the cost of living.?From 1 April 2016 the National Living Wage will be £7.20 per hour countrywide compared to the Living Wage which is currently £8.25 outside of London.

Councils should check that any employee aged under 25 is paid at least the relevant rate of National Minimum Wage and those aged 25 or over at least the National Living Wage from 1 April 2016.

Thu, 10 Mar 2016

LAIS 1387 Apprenticeships

With National Apprenticeship Week approaching (14-18 March), local councils with full-time capacity might wish to consider the opportunities presented by employing an apprentice. Government has made a commitment of 3 million new apprenticeships starting in England between 2015 and 2020. Apprenticeships are full-time paid jobs which incorporate on and off the job training. A successful apprentice will receive a nationally recognised qualification on the completion of their contract.

Thu, 10 Mar 2016

LAIS 1388 Planning Changes - Consultation

LAIS 1388 Planning Changes

The "Technical Consultation on Implementation of Planning Changes" - this consultation closes on 15 April 2016

Thu, 07 Apr 2016

LAIS 1389 - Broadband

LAIS 1389 - Broadband

Tue, 03 May 2016

LAIS 1390 - Governance and Accountability Guide

LAIS 1390 - Governance and Accountability Guide

In the midst of audit season, councils will be interested to know that new guidance, Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England, A Practitioners' Guide to Proper Practices to be applied in the preparation of statutory annual accounts and governance statements March 2016, has been published. Councils will be aware that this is essential reference material for councillors, clerks, Responsible Finance Officers and any council staff who have a financial management role.

Councils should not be too concerned that the appearance of the Guide is late for application for the accounting practice and Annual Returns currently underway as it is optional whether to apply it for 2015-2016. Councils can still refer to the predecessor Governance and Accountability (England) - Practitioners Guide 2014 for the 2015-2016 accounts. It has apparently been published now as some councils wanted to choose to apply it to 2015-16.

Tue, 03 May 2016

LAIS General Update November 2015

Local Associations Information Service

LAIS General Update November 2015

Mon, 09 Nov 2015

LAIS Updates on consultations, and discussion documents

Roundup (March 2016) of current and recent consultations, discussion documents, reviews and information sources.

Thu, 31 Mar 2016

LAIS1385 Public Service Ombudsman

LAIS1385 - Public Service Ombudsman

Update on Government consultation "Strengthening Parish and Town Council Accountability : Consultation on Extending the Remit of the Local Government Ombudsman to Larger Parish and Town Councils".

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Commencement Orders (April 2015)

NALC Finance Topic Note "Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Commencement Orders" (April 2015)
(External Audit arrangements current and future positions)

Wed, 29 Apr 2015

Local Council Award Scheme application form

Application form and guidance for the Local Council Award scheme

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

Managing Employees' Performance

Managing Employees' Performance

Throughout 2015 we have encountered a number of Councils who struggle to manage either problems with their Employees' performance or behaviour, or to resolve staff grievances and complaints.

This is perfectly understandable, as most Town and Parish Councils employ small numbers of staff and don't experience these issues on a regular basis. Furthermore, the Council, who make up the 'management team', have not been selected for their managerial skills, but for their interest in the Community / Parish. However, when problems occur, it is they who are ultimately responsible for managing the process.

Mistakes can be costly, potentially resulting in claims for Unfair / Constructive Dismissal which could result in an Employee being awarded up to one years income. Furthermore, discrimination claims can result in unlimited compensation being awarded.

Consequently, it would be prudent for Councillors to ensure that they have a basic grasp of how to manage staff grievance and disciplinary matters, to ensure that they can address these issues when they occur.

Help can be found in the ACAS Grievance and Disciplinary procedures, which provide Employers with basic guidance on how to manage these problems. However, to help Councils we are providing the fundamental steps to take Councils through the basic steps - please open the document for full details.

Wed, 23 Dec 2015

Tags: HR, Employment

Model Publications Scheme

Template Model Publications Scheme

Tue, 18 Mar 2014

Tags: Useful

Model Standing Orders 2018 - England

2018 updated Model Standing Orders for download

Mon, 09 Apr 2018

NALC Chairman New Year letter

The Chairman of NALC, Cllr Sue Stockdale, has produced a message for all member councils.

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

NALC Chairman New Year Message 2018

New Year Message to all Parish and Town Councils

Mon, 15 Jan 2018

Tags: Useful, NALC