For details of current vacancies please see the vacancies page.
Please view ERNLLCA's new training programme on our training page.
How To Engage Your Community & Generate Income From Your Venues Post-Lockdown -11:00am on Tuesday 25th May.
Please see the Scribe Academy page that gives a brief overview of what will be covered.
Please use the following link to register. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsd-yorjkvHdQFusrRjWqTcX8PqxsLbcYD
|The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has announced that it is once again running its awards programme this year as part of its work to recognise the local (parish and town) council sector’s achievements.|
The Star Council Awards are the only awards in England to recognise and celebrate the local council sector’s brilliant contribution to its communities. Therefore, the awards are an excellent opportunity for councils, councillors, clerks, and county associations to showcase how they have made a real difference locally.
Following an unprecedented 2020, the theme for this year’s awards will be projects that have positively impacted communities in the context of COVID-19.
The five award categories are:
NALC will announce the winners at an online ceremony in September.
- Clerk of the Year
- County Association Project of the Year
- Young Councillor of the Year
- Councillor of the Year
- Council of the Year
Entrants have until 25 May 2021 to submit their entries.
Tell us how your council is supporting young people
Is your local (parish and town) council doing fantastic work to support young people in the community? If so, let NALC know by completing the survey.
The survey will explore what local councils are currently doing to support young people in our communities and will help paint an accurate picture of what is truly happening in the local council sector. While also helping NALC to support local councils to help create thriving communities.
A key theme of NALC's work over the coming year will focus on young people as they are vital to the future of communities. The survey results will help collect case study examples that allow NALC to demonstrate the high calibre of work to stakeholders and government while also acting as a source of inspiration to other councils with similar interests.
USEFUL HELP FROM PARISH ON-LINE
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PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH HOW THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY IS IMPACTING ON OUR SECTOR AT www.nalc.gov.uk
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.
BHIB BHIB Councils Insurance has developed cybersecurity tips to help keep local councils and their staff to stay secure and keep online data safe. As well as advice on expectations of local councils regarding playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment. Legal briefing NALC has published a legal briefing, which gives guidance on the implications for local councils of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. This includes commentary on the prohibition on holding elections to fill casual vacancies until 6 May 2021. Virtual meeting demonstration Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils has created a video to demonstrate what a virtual meeting of (the fictional) Great Pipping Parish Council would look like in Zoom. It is a training video designed to show how a chairman would deal with councillors joining by computer and phone, declarations of interest, public participation and confidential items where members of the public and press are excluded. Zoom If you do choose to use Zoom, there is a range of free information and training to help people use the platform which is definitely worth having a look at to help get you started. A recent update on the Zoom blog has been guidance on hosting public meetings including how to keep uninvited guests out of your meeting.
WORKING FROM HOME
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 www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to borrow.