Latest guidance on Council meetings

NALC have issued the following guidance to local councils:

  • From 10 December, face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and the government has issued further guidance. NALC's view of the guidance is that face coverings are required to be worn at council meetings held in indoor public places, subject to exemptions or reasonable excuses as set out in the guidance. Councils are also... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:32 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, NALC

SAVE the date! The DALC Spring Seminar is back... April 5th 2022!

Put it in the diary - Tuesday 5th April 2022 - DALC's Spring Seminar is back. Expert speakers, presentations and sector traders, plus the DALC quiz - and, of course, a hearty lunch. We'll keep you posted about further details - just save the date!

Posted: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:33 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Events, Spring Seminar

Forums: Clerks forum and Police Liaison - Wednesday 8th December

Our next forums will be held on 8th December.

At 1pm we will have the clerks' forum (with a Christmas theme - seasonal hats, jumpers etc and mince pies are actively encouraged!).

At 2.30pm we will have our re-scheduled Police liaison forum with Superintendent Jed Keen, open to chairs, clerks and other councillors. Christmas theme also encouraged!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:34 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Events

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

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