AUTHOR: STUART WILBUR, MICROSHADE VSM
Microshade VSM works in close co-operation with cybersecurity experts to ensure the safety of local (parish and town) councils' data. We wish to share this information with the sector that has given to us.
Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:45 by Wendy Amis
Following NALC's engagement with government around local council audit timeframes final regulations are due to be made the week commencing 6 April which will extend the statutory audit deadlines for 2019/20. It is proposed that:
- The publication date for final, audited, accounts for local councils will move from 30 September to 30 November 2020
- To give local councils more flexibility, the requirement... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:05 by Wendy Amis
In response to a government consultation on whether the audit deadlines should be extended, NALC have strongly recommended a delay until the end of the year. We are awaiting the outcome of the consultation but the response can be accessed here.
Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:54 by Wendy Amis
NALC have provided a legal briefing on the interpretation of the latest government legislation on the holding of remote meetings. They have also published guidance on how to go about holding a remote meeting. Both can be viewed from this message.
Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 10:42 by Wendy Amis
The anticipated Regulations enabling town and parish councils to lawfully conduct virtual meetings have just been published.
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (found here: http://mstat300.co.uk/service.php?s=click&mm=2CHO01400031001946875017670044000000273700002841a50&lid=9725... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:35 by Wendy Amis
In anticipation of government guidance on Councils being able to hold meetings remotely, one of our clerks has kindly shared some information that he sends out to guide people to access a meeting being held on 'Zoom'. I hope you will find this helpful.
Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:27 by Wendy Amis
Due to the Coronavirus situation our office move has been delayed. We are not expecting to move into our new premises until at least 20th April, pending further government guidance. Please send all communications to our address shown on this website.
Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:03 by Wendy Amis
Many local councils were planning to get involved in national events and celebrations such as Great British Spring Clean and VE Day 75, these have been postponed. The national commemorations to mark VE Day 75 on 8 May are being scaled back and the government is working on new plans to ensure the nation can still thank the Second World War generation on VE Day in May and provide the fitting tribute... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:13 by Wendy Amis
The National Allotment Society has issued useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations.
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:12 by Wendy Amis
The The APCC, Cremation Society, FBCA and ICCM has issued a joint statement following the Coronavirus Act being passed last week. It includes the following instruction relating to the closure of cemeteries:
Closure of Crematoria in England On March 26 2020 the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The Regulations were made in response to the serious... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:25 by Wendy Amis