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Postponed to 15th - 16th August




 2019/2020 Audit

The Government will extend the audit period for lasy year's audit.  Summary info here


NALC legal advice on holding meetings remotely

 NALC's Legal Team has issued advice on how councils can hold meetings without the council physically gathering.  



The Statutory Instrument which will bring in the temporary governance arrangements has been published by Government.  NALC Legal is preparing guidance which will be issued next week.  

Furloughing and the Job Retention Scheme

ERNLLCA has produced a briefing paper for member councils on this topic.  It can be found on the Advisory Notes page within the Members section of the website. 



All councils should have received this letter from PKF Liitlejohn.  If not, please contact them asap. 


Parish Clerk vacancy at Goodmanham Parish Council

See Vacancies page for more information 



NALC has updated its dedicated webpage on the coronavirus. This includes useful national resources for supporting your community: See the updates below:




The fast-tracked Coronavirus Bill was considered by the House of Commons on 23 March and House of Lords on 24/25 March. It has now received Royal Assent and is an Act of Parliament.

Provisions of particular relevance to local councils are on the postponement of local elections and local authority meetings.  NALC is pressing the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to work with them on any subsequent regulations. 

 We don’t have the time-frame for those at present but will keep you updated.



The ERNLLCA office has been closed due to the current situation..  We are setting in place some temporary systems and we will be able to pick up and respond to emails.  Our voicemail will be checked daily but email enquiries would be preferred.  We hope to set up a temporary phone number to take us through the coming weeks.  More to follow in the coming days.


We understand the frustrations many of you are voicing about the lack of definitive advice about holding meetings and NALC is pressing for clarity for our tier, please check   It does seem that the Bill going through Parliament, to bring about changes, does include parish and town councils - so, that's good news!.  

As soon as we know about any changes to the legal position, we will tell you. 


Our colleagues at Parkinson Associates have produced a fact sheet for those who may have to work from home during the present crisis.  It can be accessed here





If the Government declares an emergency and control measures are put in place limiting public gatherings, the problem will arise of how councils can meet to make decisions.  We await advice from NALC on this but many councils already have committees, and their powers could be reviewed and extended to include more in the way of agreeing expenditure.  This is a decision which the council has to make, a committee cannot extend its own powers.  Additionally councils are reminded that the Local Government Act 1972, section 101, allows a council to devolve most decision-making to the Clerk. Councils may wish to consider putting such a resolution in place for the duration of any emergency, should one be declared”

Clearly there are some decisions which can only be made by council e.g. agreeing the year-end accounts; agreeing the AGAR; applying for borrowing.  We await guidance from Government on how such matters can be handled. 

Councils will hold their annual council meetings in May, if these meetings cannot go ahead please remember that the current Chairman of the Council remains in that position until a new Chairman is elected. 

In the absence of a directive from Government, those councils with offices that are accessible by the public should consider if public access should remain in place. 

As regards ERNLLCA, all planned training events have been cancelled.  This will be kept under review but it seems unlikely that any training will be delivered for some time to come.  Our office is located in a public building and we have not been given any information about closure however we may have to stagger when staff are in the office to minimise contact between the team.  Obviously we will not be able to attend any meetings for the foreseeable future nor will we be able to receive visitors.  It is unlikely that the district committee meetings will go ahead. 

NALC has set up a Coronavirus page on its website 


In the event of the office being closed, our status will be displayed on the ERNLLCA website

Community Governance Prospectus

The Society of Local Council Clerks has launched its Community Governance Prospectus which is an advanced qualification for local council officers who work with local communities.

The qualification has a number of benefits including being;

 • Unique - targeted at local council officers

• Flexible - allows for specialist topics to be studied facilitating work-based learning

• Part-time - allows students to get a qualification while they work and features three 24-hour study days each year

• Supportive - student support is offered throughout the course in the form of an online learning environment, as well as a professional, experienced teaching team

Students can gain a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE): Community Governance (Level 4), Foundation Degree: Community Governance (Level 5) or BA Hons: Community Governance (Level 6).

SLCC is also now providing the Community Governance course through De Montfort University (DMU), who were awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework and are an internationally recognised centre of excellence on local government.  

2019 NALC Financial Regulations

The latest version of Financial Regulations (together with a guidance note) are available from the Model Documents section of the Members' Pages. 

Borrowing by parish and town councils

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated information and guidance on borrowing by councils.  Please refer to the Members page to access this information.

Councils which are not members of ERNLLCA should contact the Association at if they wish to borrow.  

About Us

The East Riding and Northern Lincolnshire Local Councils Association, known as ERNLLCA, is an independent body which supports parish and town councils in the North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. There is an equivalent organisation for each “shire county” area or equivalent in the country and all of these bodies, which are known as County Associations, join together as members of the National Association of Local Councils, or as it is more commonly known, NALC.

ERNLLCA (and its predecessor organisation, the Humberside Association of Parish and Town Councils) has been serving parish and town councils, and parish meetings, since 1974. In the years since there have been many changes to local government and the expectations placed on our tier of local government has grown and grown. ERNLLCA is a member organisation and its Officers cannot advise members of the public on matters relating to specific parish and town councils. If you have a query about an individual parish or town council you should contact the relevant Clerk or Chairman.

ERNLLCA is funded wholly by its members and does not receive any support from any of Principal Authorities or from the Government and exists purely for the benefit of its member parish and town councils. It works closely with Principal Authorities, Government Departments, Professional Bodies, Government Agencies and the Voluntary Sector to promote and support the work of member councils.

ERNLLCA operates a bottom-up approach to its governance. All member councils have the opportunity to meet 3 times a year through a system of District Committees. Each council may send any number of representatives to these meetings but only two may vote. Each District Committee elects representatives to serve on ERNLLCA’s Executive Committee and the Executive Committee elects a delegate to the meetings of the National Association of Local Councils. The current membership of the Executive Committee can be viewed in the Governance section of the members' pages.





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