The Government announcement on Monday 16th March in light of the coronavirus, significantly affects how the public should now act and behave into the foreseeable future. In response, it's vital that the managers of community buildings are taking the necessary precautionary steps and are keeping abreast of the latest information issued by the government.

The primary aim is to delay the spread of the... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:29 by Wendy Amis

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UPDATE 10am 17th March - from NALC


  • Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has today addressed over 300 council leaders in England
  • Jenrick reaffirmed Government's commitment to giving councils the support they need to contribute to the national effort
  • He also confirmed a series of practical measures which will give... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:10 by Wendy Amis

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Please could you use email to contact the office until further notice. The contacts are:

for Wendy:

for Glen:

for Andy:

Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:05 by Wendy Amis

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Salary Negotiations for 2020-21

As you may know, the clerk salary scales reflect those of the public sector, negotiated nationally. As yet, there has been no agreement on the pay award for 2020-21.

On 5th February the Employers made a pay offer of 2% for the 2020 pay award, which has been rejected by the joint trade unions. Negotiations are continuing but it would be wise for local Councils to budget for an amount in excess of 2%... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:10 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Finance and Audit, HR, Useful

DALC's Spring Seminar line-up announced

DALC's Spring Seminar line-up announced

AS usual, DALC's Spring Seminar schedule has something for everyone! Not only a new venue - the imposing Alfreton Hall, pictured - but also a wide variety of expert speakers and exhibitors.

Come and join us on March 12th to hear presentations on youth engagement in local politics, new initiatives on helping the elderly, a first-hand account of dealing with an emergency situation (Whaley Bridge's dam... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:58 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Events, Spring Seminar

DALC's 2nd annual Excellence Awards presented

DALC's 2nd annual Excellence Awards presented

'CONGRATULATIONS!' to the winners of our 2nd annual Excellence Awards, presented at yesterday's AGM in Chesterfield.

Overall winner of the BHIB Council of the Year award is Charlesworth Parish Council (pictured), with the Councillor of the Year going to Olwen Wilson of Middleton-by-Wirksworth.

Winner of the Blachere Illumination Clerk of the Year is Phillip Woodward of Pilsley Parish Council.

Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:42 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Events, agm, awards, excellence

Changes to PWLB lending rates

Last week a whole percentage point increase in the rate of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) with immediate effect was announced.

The move has increased the rate for a PWLB 50-year new maturity loan from 1.81% to 2.82% overnight.

This restores interest rates to levels available in 2018, by increasing the margin that applies to new loans from the PWLB by 100bps (one percentage point) on... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:48 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Council business, Finance and Audit

No Cap on Precept requests from Parish and Town Councils

The Government has confirmed that the 3 year moratorium on the application of the referendum principles (sometimes known as "capping") to local parish and town councils is to continue for 2020-21.

However the Government 'remains concerned about the pressure placed on taxpayers from thousands of town and parish councils across England' and expects them to exercise 'even greater restraint' for 2020/21.... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:41 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Council business, Finance and Audit

External Audit Submission Deadline

We have been made aware today that just 75% of councils across Derbyshire have submitted their AGAR (Annual Governance and Accountability Return) to date. This is already 2 weeks beyond the submission deadline and we have been asked to inform you that any councils that have not sent in their submission, or are in receipt of confirmation of an extended deeadline from PKF Littlejohn, by Monday 15th July... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:50 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Finance and Audit

DALC Excellence Awards Year 2 launch

YES, it's that time of year again! Following on from the success of our very first Excellence Awards in 2018, we're now inviting entries for this year's competition.

So… have you made a difference to your local community?

Has your council done work to be proud of?

Does your clerk or councillor go the extra mile to do a great job?

If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above, you need to send us a... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:56 by Wendy Amis

Tags: Council business

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