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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

'Have Your Say'... on traffic

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

Tags: Council business, Councillors, Parishes

DALC awards publicised

DALC awards publicised

A Derbyshire awards 'first' was publicised in Clerks & Councils Direct magazine this month.

Clerk Jayne Simpson and Cllr Dexter Bullock, both of Blackwell Parish Council, were pictured with their DALC Excellence Awards - marking the first time a council has won two awards in the same year.

Jayne, who won the Blachere Illumination-sponsored clerk category, said: 'Things are particularly challenging... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:48 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Awards

New Year letter to all councillors from NALC

Cllr Sue Baxter, the Chair of NALC has sent a letter to all Councillors, commending them on their efforts over 2020 and looking ahead to 2021.

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:28 by Wendy Amis

Tags: NALC; Councillors

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