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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

National Living Wage 2016/17

National Living Wage 2016/17

NALC Briefing Note

Wed, 06 Apr 2016

Tags: Employment, HR

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

Circular 07/2016

DALC Circular 07/2016

Full list of all DALC training opportunities 2016

Tue, 29 Mar 2016

Circular 06/2016

DALC Circular 06/2016

  • Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England
  • Section 137 Expenditure Limit 2016/17
  • Local Council Audits 2015/16
  • New External Audit Regime for Smaller Authorities (from 1 April 2017)
  • National Living Wage
  • DALC Spring Seminar
  • An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning

Thu, 17 Mar 2016

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

Circular 05/2016

DALC Circular 05/2016

- Update on Public Contracts Regulations 2015
- CiLCA 2016/17 training
- Employment Council News
- Community Transport Funding
- Internal Audit and Checklist
- Clerk and RFO template - DALC requirements when advertising vacancies

Thu, 03 Mar 2016

Circular 04/2016

DALC Circular 04/2016

- Grants Roundup
- Training and Events - Mediation training; The Dark Arts of Minutes and Procedures and Clerk's Chat events
- DALC Annual Subs invoices and information

Thu, 03 Mar 2016

Employment Council News - The Easter Bank Holiday Problem

Dealing with the 10 Day 2015/16 Bank Holiday entitlements

Tue, 23 Feb 2016

Tags: Employment, HR

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

Circular 02/2016

DALC Circular 02/2016

- Revised Legal Topic Notes and Legal Briefing
- Consultation - National Planning Policy Executive Summary
- Consultation - New Homes Bonus
- DALC Executive Vacancies
- DALC Spring Seminar
- Training
- HM Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

Circular 03/2016

DALC Circular 03/2016

- External Audit for Smaller Authorities
- Transparency Fund
- DALC Subscriptions 2016/2017
- DALC Spring Seminar
- Training
- Vacancies

Tue, 02 Feb 2016

Circular 01/2016

DALC Circular 01/2016

Index of the most important elements of the 2015 DALC Circulars

Tue, 12 Jan 2016

Circular 27/2015

DALC Circular 27/2015

  • Local Councils Award Scheme (LCAS)
  • LCAS Review
  • NALC Website update
  • Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments Limited
  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement
  • Spring Seminar – a note for your diaries
  • Training Events – 2016
  • DALC Subscriptions 2016/2017
  • Managing Employees' Performance

Wed, 23 Dec 2015

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: Employment, HR

Circular 26/2015

DALC Circular 26/2015

LAIS - Housing - CPRE Report and Spending Review
Revised Legal Topic Notes
Council Processes and Good Practice - your Agenda
Transparency Fund
Auto Enrolment

Wed, 23 Dec 2015

Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council Achieve Quality Status in LCAS

Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council are the first Derbyshire Council to achieve accreditation under the new Scheme, gaining a Quality Status.

Tue, 22 Dec 2015

Tags: LCAS

Circular 25/2015

DALC Circular 25/2015

  • LAIS Documents
  • Transparency Fund

Wed, 02 Dec 2015

Circular 24/2015

DALC Circular 24/2015

CiLCA 2015 details

Wed, 02 Dec 2015

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 General Update November 2015

Local Associations Information Service

LAIS General Update November 2015

Mon, 09 Nov 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

Circular 23/2015

DALC Circular 23/2015

Employment update September 2015 - Beware of bogus self employment

Towards a better understanding of the planning process and the role of local councils

The Transparency Fund for Smaller Local Councils

CiLCA 2015 Training

DALC Direct Banking Detail - Change of Sort Code

Councillor Induction Training

Tue, 29 Sep 2015

Circular 21/2015

DALC Circular 21/2015

- DALC Annual Executive and AGM - Chesterfield Football Club - 10 November 2015 - Nominations for DALC President and Vice Presidents 2015-2016 - Motions for Debate

Tue, 29 Sep 2015

Employment Update September 2015 - Beware Bogus Self-Employment

Employment Update September 2015 - Beware Bogus Self-Employment

Wed, 16 Sep 2015

Tags: Employment, HR

Circular 20/2015

DALC Circular 20/2015

Transparency Code for smaller authorities - important reminder
NALC picked to lead sector-led audit team
Legal Updates and Guidance Notes (following repeal of Public Contracts Regulations 2006)
Community control agenda charged up parish power
Funds to protect WW1 Memorials
Health Assessing Potential Employees

Wed, 19 Aug 2015