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ACRE guidance on reopening of village halls for pre school

ACRE have provided updated guidance on the re opening of village halls and community centres to accommodate pre school facilities. It is now acceptable for these facilities to open for children other than key workers so long as the governments recommended measures to minimise the spread of Covid 19 can be implemented. For more information go to the Rural Action Derbyshire website.

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:22 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, Useful

Easy guide to registering your footpaths and rights-of-way

Thanks to Charlesworth parish councillor Peter Cooper for putting together an easy, step-by-step guide to registering your footpaths and rights-of-way via the county council's mapping portal. The easy-to-follow guide is attached here.

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2020 13:17 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Parishes

3rd DALC Excellence Awards - entries now open!

NOW in their 3rd year, DALC's Excellence Awards are now open for entries.

Celebrating the outstanding work done across Derbyshire by our parish and town councils, there are three categories: Council of the Year, Clerk of the Year and Councillor of the Year.

Entries are invited from anyone within Derbyshire - whether they're involved with a council or a member of the public. An entry form can be found... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020 16:52 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Events, agm, awards

DALC's new online training via Zoom

WHILE lockdown is in place, we've linked up with the Zoom platform to deliver all our training sessions online. Same informative content, same great trainers - and plenty of opportunity for interaction and Q&A. We've just added May's courses to our training calendar.

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:01 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, Training

Guidance on Holding Remote Meetings

The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) has issued updated guidance to help individuals and organisations choose, set up and use video conferencing safely and securely. The Local Government Association also provide guidance and support on holding remote meetings.

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:54 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Coronavirus, Governance

Local death management powers

The government has produced statutory guidance issued under s.58 and Schedule 28 to the Coronavirus Act 2020. The 2020 Act introduced new powers for local authorities and government to support the resilience of local death management systems, and step in if they become overwhelmed. Parish councils are excluded from the definition of the local authority for the purposes of s.58 and Schedule 12 to the... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:52 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Cemetery, Coronavirus

ICCM Guidance on cemetery closure April 2020

The ICCM have produced guidance on the interpretation of the legislation regarding the closure of cemeteries during the Coronavirus outbreak which can be read here by logging into our website. We recommend that the decision as to whether to close or not be taken by the council with advice from the clerk.

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 10:26 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Cemetery, Coronavirus

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England: Practitioner's Guide - March 2020

This guide, along with the notes listing the key changes are now available on our website. Plus an addendum that confirms the changes to the dates in the guide, as per the Coronavirus legislation (giving an extra 2 months to complete each stage of the process).

Posted: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:48 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Finance and Audit, Governance

Cybercriminals exploit Coronavirus situation


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

Tags: Useful

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