Council tax referendum principles have not been extended to parish and town councils in 2017/18.
The secretary of state for communities and local government has just announced the provisional local government finance settlement for 2017/18 in the House of Commons, an extract from his speech is below:
"[Town and parish councils] play an important role in our civic life.
We have decided that we will defer... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:46 by Wendy Amis
The National Association of Local Councils has adopted a longstanding policy position that parish councillors should have the same rights as principal authority councillors to be able to claim the Dependants' Carers' allowance. At the moment parish councillors cannot reclaim monies under this allowance to pay for childcare and similar to attend parish council meetings. This is unfair as the same allowance... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:47 by Wendy Amis
This month we sadly send a fond farewell to Sarita, our Chief Officer for the past 4 years and welcome Wendy into the role.
Sarita is retiring and pursuing a long held ambition to travel. Her last day will be 27th October.
Wendy joins from the Peak District National Park Authority and is looking forward to building on the good work that Sarita and Glen have achieved. Fortunately, Glen will be providing... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:34 by Wendy Amis
Legal Topic Notes 41 & 60 have been updated by NALC.
LTN 41 – Responsibilities of Councils as Landowners
It has been simplified and has been updated to take account of audit changes.
LTN 60 – Copies of Planning Documents
The changes identify the interaction of Planning Law and Copyright by setting out the circumstances in which a local council can copy and make publicly available plans... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:35 by Wendy Amis
The National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) has reached agreement on pay scales for 2016 - 2018. New pay scales for 2016/17 are to be implemented immediately and backdated to 1 April 2016.
The document can be found under Documents HR/Employment
Posted: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:42 by Wendy Amis
Certificate in Local Council Administration
The summer 2016 training dates have been finalised.
Sessions will last from 9.30am - 2.30pm, on Wednesday 22 June and Wednesday 20 July, with the possibility of a further short morning session if needed at the end.
Venue Stretton, nr Alfrteton
Cost £250 per delegate (member council) or £500 per non member council delegate.Further details on CiLCA... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:27 by Wendy Amis
Legal Topic Note (LTN) 79: staff pensions has been updated to confirm that the earnings criteria for "eligible jobholders", "non-eligible jobholders" and "entitled workers" remain unchanged for 2016/2017. The note can be found under documents / LTN (Legal Topic Notes)
Posted: Wed, 04 May 2016 09:29 by Wendy Amis
It is a mandatory requirement that every town and parish council should have Financial Regulations in place. The 2014 Model template has been revised and replaced by the 2016 Regulations. The document has been produced by NALC (National Association of Local Councils).
The 2016 update contains the following amendments: - General 1.6 para contains slight changes - Instructions for the making of Payments... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:14 by Wendy Amis
The presentations from the Spring Seminar 2016 are available to view under Useful Documents on the members area of the website.
Posted: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:07 by Wendy Amis
Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - a Practitioners' Guide to Proper Practices to be applied in the preparation of statutory annual accounts and governance statements - March 2016.
JPAG, the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group, have approved Sections 1-4 of the Guide. Work is progressing in relation to the new Section 5 of the guide, covering additional information and... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:09 by Wendy Amis