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
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
"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
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
This evening the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm that the government has considered the case for extending legislation very carefully and has concluded that it is not possible to bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. Our chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 23:01 by Wendy Amis
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.
Posted: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 11:19 by Wendy Amis
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
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
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
A deadline is looming for Derbyshire's local councillors to complete the county's latest road safety survey.
As part of their review of the county's road safety structure, strategy and delivery, specialist agencies Agilysis and Traject are asking for the community perspective on this controversial topic, and their online survey can be accessed here.
Ian Temperton, of Traject, said: "This is a rare opportunity... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:37 by Wendy Amis