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Clerk and Chair Forums this Wednesday 11th August

Our clerks and chairs forums are taking place this Wednesday. The joining links have been sent out in the newsletter. If you haven't received your copy, please contact the office on and we will send you a copy.

Posted: Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:38 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Useful

Be prepared... for home-working requests

As more council staff return to the workplace, our HR expert Chris Moses has advised council management teams to be prepared to deal with requests for 'home-working'.

'More and more Council offices and facilities are continuing to reopen, and more workers are returning to them,' says Chris.

'However, it's not business as usual. Many Councils are looking to hybrid, flexible approaches and offering a mix... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:28 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, Employment, HR

COURT orders return to "physical meetings" from May 7th.

Following a ruling in the High Court this afternoon (April 28th), physical meetings of parish and town councils must re-commence from May 7th.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, responded: "I am extremely disappointed that the application to the High Court regarding remote meetings has been dismissed.

"All councils must now return to holding physical meetings from 7 May. This includes around 2,000 local... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:23 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T.

"It is with great sadness that the Derbyshire Association of Local Councils (DALC) has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"I know that those in the local (parish and town) council sector would join me in extending their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family."

Cllr John Plant, DALC Chairman

Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:41 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Parishes

Returning to work - an HR guide for councils

With shielding due to end on April 1st, our HR expert Chris Moses has put together a briefing document aimed at guiding councils through the process of post-lockdown risk assessments. The guide can be viewed here on the DALC website.

Posted: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:10 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, Employment, HR

What's your parish's carbon footprint?

A new online 'carbon footprint' tool has been launched by our friends at the Centre for Sustainable Energy, using 30 datasets to allow every council to see the figures for its own parish.

Totals for 'territory' and 'consumption' can be viewed, plus a breakdown per household in each parish.

The new online tool can be accessed here.

Posted: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 11:19 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Climate, Environment

The Good Councillor's Guide to Cyber Security

Cyber security, a really important issue for public bodies, is clearly explained in a new booklet published by NALC, along with practical guidance on minimizing the risks to the council. The guide covers the most common threats such as phishing, viruses and loss of data.

Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 12:11 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Councillors, Cyber security, Data Protection, Governance

New - policy templates now live!

A range of new policy templates - ranging from Risk Assessment to Social Media, Whistleblowing to Training & Development - is now live on the DALC website. More to follow.

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:24 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Documents, Useful Documents

Spotlight on council meetings

AS the local council sector comes under the national spotlight this week, our HR expert Chris Moses will be hosting a new training course aimed at tackling bad behaviour in meetings. More details on the new course can be found here.

Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 17:27 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Training

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