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Periodically it is necessary to review and revise your financial regulations.  This may be due to legislative changes or new technologies.  The model financial regulations were last updated in 2016 and a number of changes are now required.

Elections: Addresses of Candidates Not Required to be Published

Please find here a letter from Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, sent to local authorities regarding the publication of councillors’ and candidates’ home addresses.

Solihull MBC are running a ‘free tree’ initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the rural character of Solihull in partnership with Birmingham Airport.

Great Western Railway are now welcoming bids to the next year of their Customer & Communities Improvement Fund.

In October 2018 NALC expressed its view that a local council with the general power of competence (GPC) can trade and subsequently updated its related guidance note to reflect this.  NALC has now also made clear that the same factors relate to libraries and it is the legal team’s view that a local council with GPC can contribute to a library authority (county or unitary council) towards the cost of their library service.

The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

NALC have spotted that the Monday following the local council elections on Thursday 2 May next year (2019) falls on a bank holiday. This matters for establishing the date that councillors retire and new councillors assume office, that is, the fourth day after the ordinary day of election (s.16 (3) of the Local Government Act 1972).

All Parish Councillors should be aware that comments on social media can (and do!) lead to legal liability. Last year, a businessman won defamation damages against two local Councillors after one made comments about his business dealings on a Facebook site hosted by the other, suggesting he had bought a school site at an improper undervalue from the local authority. The two Councillors had to pay £32,000 costs (plus their own) and £15,000 damages.

Department for Transport consultation on Traffic Commissioners

  • Send your views to Chris Borg at NALC by email to
  • Deadline: 11 June 2019, 

Click here to read the news story on the NALC website.

Forward to the Consultation

This consultation document is seeking views on changing the rules to allow operators who meet certain conditions, to commence vehicle operations as soon as possible. Government is also seeking views on whether to create the power to introduce formal Tribunal Rules for the tribunal functions carried out by traffic commissioner.

Stratford on Avon District

Consultation Tuesday 25 September – Wednesday 24 October 2018

Stratford District Council is updating its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). Revision is needed to reflect changes in national planning legislation and a new requirement to set out how the Council will support groups undertaking neighbourhood plans.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that public toilets will receive new mandatory business rates relief, following an extensive and prolonged campaign to end the toilet tax by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Members of Parliament.

DEFRA LAUNCH 25 YEAR ENVIRONMENT PLAN
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched their Green Future document which outlines their 25 Year Plan to improve the environment. It details how the Government will work with communities and businesses to do this.

Warwickshire County Council is currently conducting an evaluation of the impact of our Third Sector Support contract (delivered by WCAVA), and thinking about our commissioning intentions for the future.  Take the survey for third sector organisations across Warwickshire, regardless of membership of WCAVA.

PKF Littlejohn LLP have held a short webinar update for your members to access from their website.  They are recording it and the recording and slides will be available from their website from the 20th March 2019.

NALC's August 2019 Council Spotlight goes to Fillongley Parish Council

Council Spotlight will recognise your council, communities and individuals as well as partners that have championed the great work in the local council sector. From innovative ideas to lobbying for funding, from grassroots projects to getting more control from district councils.

Fillongley Parish Council Annual Report….Financial year 2018-19

What a busy year this has proved to be with no slowing down in sight!

Warwickshire County Council Flood Risk Management Newsletter Autumn 2018

Local Government Association (LGA) has released a report on the practical steps for councillors to use to protect themselves from intimidation.

Please see below a case study promoting the really powerful role local councils can play in supporting and even initiating rural community businesses in their areas.  With thanks to Philip Vincent at the Plunkett Foundation for helpfully producing the Thorncombe case study.


The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently launched a consultation on freedom of information called Openness by design (the ICO draft access to information strategy). This document and consultation have implications for wider local government and NALC will be responding.  The final deadline for responses is 8 March 2019. Do please respond directly to the online survey or email your views to  to help inform the NALC response.

A new consultation PC08-18, on Integrated Communities green paper is now available. 

Please email your responses to this consulation to by 5pm on 15 May 2018

the new name for CSW Sport

On 5 July 2019, at the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Summer School Games county festival, the hosts for the event will announce the launch of their new name; ‘Think Active’.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Councils Clerks (SLCC) have written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the Local Government Association to highlight concerns about a recent legal judgement.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter sent an open letter to its 100,000 local (parish and town) councillors.

The letter sets out the challenges and opportunities ahead and showcases a number of key achievements over the last year.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life have just published their report to Government on “Local Government Ethical Standards”

The key points from the report are summarised in the following bullets: -

In a speech at NALC's Annual Conference, Rishi Sunak MP paid tribute to local (parish and town) councils and the “people who are dedicated to improving people’s lives every single day”.
Read the transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered

Often, loneliness is associated with older people who live on their own; but loneliness is not just about social isolation therefore, people can be lonely, but not necessarily living in isolation. The Campaign to End Loneliness believe that people of all ages need connections that matter.

Following on from the 'Loneliness Call for Evidence' NALC made in January of this year, there are 50 short case studies demonstrating how local (parish and town) councils of all sizes are getting involved to help tackle loneliness, a problem which increases the likelihood of premature mortality by 26%.

This update, from Steve Parkinson of the The Parkinson Partnership LLP, amends our advice for VAT-registered councils with a taxable turnover less than £85,000, having sought opinions from the CIPFA VAT committee.

Where a council is not VAT-registered and reclaims using a VAT126 form, it will NOT be affected during 2019/20, nor does it seem likely this will change in 2020/21.  

For Rugby Borough

Councillor Tony Gillias

Following the adoption by Rugby Borough Council of the Warwickshire Local Councils Charter in 2015, a borough wide Parish Champion needed to be appointed to provide support and assistance to parish councils, where possible. I am particularly honoured to be that person.

Launch of 2019 Mental Health Directory of support services

The South Warwickshire Mental Health Partnership, made up of professionals from the third and public sectors, aims to improve awareness of mental health support services in South Warwickshire. Each year the Partnership holds an annual event to bring organisations together to collaborate better around mental health. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has undertaken an exercise to bring model byelaws up-to-date including accompanying guidance.

There are no requirement for local (parish and town) councils to update their existing byelaws at this time. However, when councils decide to review, amend, or put in place new byelaws it is then necessary to use the updated model byelaws. NALC will be publishing a new legal topic note on this issue in due course.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to launch a new guide setting out how principal and local councils can work more effectively in partnership.

 

Reach for the stars - apply to the 2019 NALC Star Council Awards!

Sponsored by BHIB Councils Insurance

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) officially launched its prestigious Star Council Awards for 2019 on 15 March.  The awards recognise the achievements of the parish and town (local) council sector and celebrate the positive impact local councils, county associations, local councillors and clerks make to their communities.

NALC’s Star Councils 2018 celebrates the positive impact local councils, councillors, county associations and clerks make to their communities, recognising the achievements of the local council sector. We encourage everyone who has gone above and beyond to make a positive, local change to put themselves forward.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the government's announcement for plans to strengthen the purpose and role of local (parish and town) councils across the country, including a commitment to make it easier to set up new local councils.

The Locality Working team at Warwickshire County Council is currently trying to build up a picture of community activity taking place across the county.

To do this, they are undertaking a mapping exercise to collate this information, which they will then be able to use to promote to the public, partners and internal teams within Warwickshire County Council all of the activities and services that communities offer. It will also help them to establish any particular gaps in services across the county and enable all tiers of local government to work better together to build stronger communities.

Newquay Town Council is preparing to submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act in relation to allowing local councils the power to enforce civil parking regulations.  This will be supported by NALC which has also had a long standing policy position on this matter for some years.

In Newquay there have been significant issues with anti-social on-street parking, which is compounded by a lack of enforcement in more remote or residential areas. This is creating serious safety issues, particularly at junctions or along narrow streets – preventing access to emergency services. Whilst a year-round issue, as a tourist destination, this worsens during the summer months where the road network is brought to a standstill.

I am writing from the Warwickshire PCC’s Office to make you all aware of some new opportunities opening up for small grants applications.  Community projects, crime-reduction initiatives, victims’ support services and non-profit groups are set for a cash injection from Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, as he opens two grants schemes for applications for the coming financial year.

A positive, proactive and responsive planning system focused on shaping places is vital for the future growth of our society. Where it works well, it is one of the best tools that we have to deliver the homes and jobs where they are needed, in our villages, towns and cities.

NALC publication shines a light on 150 local councils

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today has published its new publication highlighting the good work England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are doing more for their communities.

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pride of Britain awards with a gala awards dinner, hosted by Carol Vorderman and screened in prime time on ITV in the Autumn.  Attended by royalty, the Prime Minister and leading politicians as well as more than 100 of the biggest stars of showbusiness and sport, Pride of Britain is the most prestigious and best-known event of its kind.

Report by John Crossling

Parish Councils across the Country struggle to find new Councillors.  This year is election year for the vast majority of Parish Councils in the WALC area and the County Committee felt it was right that the Association should try to help encourage people to stand as councillors locally.

The Rights To Access Healthcare project is currently operating in Rugby, raising awareness of everybody's right to access a GP surgery, regardless of whether they have a fixed address, identification or their immigration status.

A new report has been commissioned by the Princes Trust looking into issues affecting rural communities. Their findings make interesting reading and may help identify opportunities for communities to apply for grant funding for projects.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund wanted to understand how rural communities can be helped to be self-sufficient and viable into 2030 and beyond. This will assist the Fund to plan and deliver its future support to rural areas through grant giving, advocacy or enabling delivery. Through the process, it was hoped to identify case studies and examples of best practice, highlight key areas of opportunity for future policy consideration and make recommendations for rural communities to consider in order to ensure a resilient and sustainable future.

Quartly newsletter from the Rural Service Network

Read the June 2018 Edition

Exciting support opportunity for rural communities in Warwick District!

  • What do you love about your village?
  • What could make it even better?

Warwickshire CAVA  are currently working on a project (funded by Warwick District Council) to help people living in the rural areas of Warwick District to get the best out of what their village has to offer. The aim is to reduce social isolation in rural areas.

This consultation is on the Council’s proposed new Council Plan, formerly known as the Corporate Strategy. 

Please complete the questionnaire by Tuesday 27th August 2019.

It is time for Stratford-on-Avon District Council to create a new plan to provide its directions for the next four years, and we need your help.

Since the local elections in May of this year, the Council has been working with key stakeholders (both internal and external) to produce a set of aspirations and outcomes that aims to have a positive impact for residents, communities and businesses in the District.

June 2018 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

June 2019 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council includes

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • New Stratford-on-Avon District Cabinet
  • Planning Policy

 Stratford District Council March 2018 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing - Issue 27

March 2019 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council includes

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • Warwickshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Warwickshire County Councillors Grant Fund 2019/20

September 2018 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

The Parish Council has two vacancies – if you are interested, please contact any Parish Councillor or the Clerk for more information.  Details are on the PC notice boards and on the website.

Congratulations to Viv Morgan who has been warded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to education.  Viv set up the school for bullied children in 2012 and it now supports up to 30 children who have suffered from extreme bullying.

Both Chairman Paul Tilley and Councillor Will Morley-Brown have resigned from the Parish Council. We would like to thank them both for all their hard work and for their significant contribution to the Parish over the many years that they have served. They will both be missed.

WDC Report- The three newly elected District Councillors are Cllr George Illingworth (Chair of WDC), Cllr Richard Hales (Portfolio holder for Finance)  and Cllr John Cooke (Portfolio holder for Planning).  Cllr George Illingworth has represented Abbey Ward on the District Council for 12 years.  At the first meeting of the new Full Council, Councillors unanimously agreed to declare a ‘climate emergency’.

WCC Report – Council tax has increased by 4.99% with 2% ring fenced for Social Care.  £2.5 million is being spent to transform services so they are more straightforward and convenient as part of a digital transformation programme.

The Annual Meetingsaw Cllr Tilley and Cllr Wesbury unanimously voted in to the position of Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.  We also welcomed Elaine Forty as a Councillor. Elaine has lived in the parish for 32 years and we are sure will be an asset to the PC.  Thank you to all the residents that attended the successful Annual Assembly/

The Annual Meeting saw Cllr Wesbury and Cllr Soutter unanimously voted in to the position of Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.  We also co-opted Jo Day and Erica Coton as Councillors. Jo moved to the parish from Stratford-upon-Avon in October and works as a Health Visitor.  Jo is keen to use the skills she has gained within the local community.  Erica works for Enterprise Inns and is passionate about the area and keen to get to know more of the local residents.  We are delighted to welcome two new councillors and are sure they will be an asset to the PC.  Thank you to all the residents that attended the successful Annual Assembly.

The Parish Council welcomed Charles Barlow from WCC regarding the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Place-Based Approach (JSNA). The assessment is used to inform the planning and delivery of services and support; it can also be a useful source of information for charities and communities themselves.  All residents are encouraged to complete the survey online https://ask.warwickshire.gov.uk.

A blog from the ICO website

In the latest of our series of GDPR myth-busting blogs, a new post by Deputy Commissioner (Policy) Steve Wood tackles some misconceptions which have sprung up around how the new data protection law might affect your Christmas.

A new report published this week has highlighted the state of rural services in England, showing basic mobile calls are not possible across main networks in a third of homes and residents are losing out as bus services are scrapped.

Rural England’s State of Rural Services 2018 report draws attention to the difficulties rural households face in accessing services such as broadband, public transport, libraries, healthcare, shops and young people's services. 

Development Requirements Supplementary Planning Document Consultation
Consultation - Thursday 1 March to 5.00 pm Friday 20 April 2018

Stratford District Council has prepared a draft Development Requirements Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). It is one of a number of SPDs that accompanies the Core Strategy, and it provides detailed advice and guidance to applicants when submitting planning applications. 

September 2019 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council includes

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • Affordable Housing Delivery Group
  • Latest housing land supply figure

R.A.B.I – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – is agriculture’s oldest and largest charity, providing welfare advice, practical care and financial support to farming people in need.

Although R.A.B.I is a charity, most of the people it helps really aren’t ‘charity cases’. They’re farmers, farmworkers, wives, widows and dependants, of all ages, who’ve invariably given more to the farming sector than they’ve ever taken.

Take a look at this link for Street Activist - which is part of the Now or Never Campaign in Leamington - tackling litter, waste and plastic reduction in Leamington.

A call in Government by the Rural Services Network 2019

The Rural Services Network (RSN) calls on the Government to take the lead, working with other interested organisations, to produce a comprehensive, long-term and funded Rural
Strategy.

Coventry and Warwickshire are working throughout their Year of Wellbeing 2019 to inspire and empower people to make changes that will improve their wellbeing, and the wellbeing of people around them. That’s why they’re supporting Time to Talk Day and they hope you will want to join in to make this Time to Talk day the biggest one ever across Coventry and Warwickshire!

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to submit their nominations for the People’s Award to mark the official launch of Transport Planning Day 2019.

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) People’s Award looks for the UK’s best community-focused transport initiatives that have made a real difference to people’s access to services, quality of life and wellbeing.

Consultation on Policy MCS 10

Warwickshire County Council is consulting on strategic policy MCS 10 - Underground Coal Gasification, which was unintentionally omitted from the public consultation on the countywide Minerals Plan from 31st October 2018 to 12th December 2018.  This is a further consultation and is the final public consultation before the Minerals Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in public. The focus is on whether Policy MCS 10 is sound and legally compliant.

VE Day 75th Anniversary - A shared moment of celebration

The 8th May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly six years of war, so the 75th anniversary on 8th May 2020 represents an important milestone in our history.  I am sure you will agree that we cannot let this day pass without reflecting on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark period. Our celebration, VE Day 75, will cover the weekend of 8th - 10th May 2020, and will be an international celebration of peace – a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part in achieving it.

New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

From February, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has lent its backing to The Village Survival Guide, a new publication from rural charity The Prince’s Countryside Fund, published on 1 August 2019.

Overview

This survey is written by commissioners of Warwickshire’s Warm and Well fuel poverty service. This service is currently delivered by Act on Energy.

Services provided include:

Have your say on draft recommendations for Warwick District Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission are seeking your views on the new council ward boundaries for Warwick district.

The consultation is open until 11 June - you can view the proposals and give your views here - https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11081

Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund - 2nd Round now open!

The Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund 2018-19, supported by Warwick District Council (WDC) and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is open for a second round of applications from Monday 3rd December 2018.

In the first round 27 groups received a share of £45,000 to support small scale community projects across Warwick district.

A further £45,000 is available for a second round of funding. The closing date is Monday 28th January 2019.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund 2018-19! This is a joint fund supported by Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council. The fund opens Monday 9 July 2018 and closes on Monday 10 September 2018.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently consulting with its communities on the following two plans:

  • The location of a new fire station which it is proposed should be located on Symmetry Park, north of the A45/M45 roundabout, adjacent to the B4429 Coventry Road, and the proposal to relocate a fire engine and crew to this location
  • Potential locations for fire stations in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire

The views of the public are important to the Service so if you wish to take part in the consultations please fill in the on-line surveys between 06 May 2019 and 16 June 2019 by visiting the following websites:
Consultation on additional fire station in Rugby
Nuneaton and North Warwickshire fire station locations

If you would prefer to complete a paper version of the survey, you can request one by calling 01926 423231 or by emailing

Alternatively, please write to the Service Improvement Team, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue, Service Headquarters, Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 5LH.

(Alternative formats and languages can be made available on request).

A survey has been launched to find out more about the unique health and wellbeing needs of Warwickshire’s various local communities.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and its partners recognise that the needs of different communities throughout the county will differ greatly depending on a range of factors such as population demographics, infrastructure, community safety and many more.

As part of a larger project to gain more insight into life in Warwickshire’s communities, a survey has opened for residents to let the county council know what, in their opinion, the current health and wellbeing needs of their area are and any ideas they have for improvement.

This is consultation about possible increase to the Police precept in Warwickshire.

WALC have looked at the survey at the questions are very simple.

Celebrate your incredible volunteers!

  • Do you know an amazing group of volunteers?
  • Do you know an outstanding volunteer?
  • Then nominate them for a Volunteer Award!

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Volunteer Awards.

At a meeting of the full council on Thursday 25 July 2019, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) has unanimously declared a climate change emergency. The meeting took place on the day reported by the BBC as the hottest July day on record in the UK.

At the meeting the Council quoted the United Nations Improvement Panel on Climate Change’s findings on the environmental repercussions of failing to act, including rising sea levels, crop failures, extinction and global economic crisis.

Warwickshire County Council's Flood Risk Management Team newsletter Spring 2018

Warwickshire County Council are pleased to announce the launch of our 2nd Round of the Councillors' Grant Fund 2018/19, for the funds carried forward from the 1st round. PLEASE NOTE: Not all Councillors had a surplus of funds to carry forward.

The amount of funding available is as follows:

Rural Warwickshire is home to 169,000 residents and 37% of our businesses. While economically rural Warwickshire makes up 34% of the county’s total output (3.9 billion), more than double the UK average.

Applications are now being accepted for WCC's Councillors' Grant Fund 2019/20

The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. The Fund provides Warwickshire County Councillors with a small pot of funding to support small-scale projects within their area that support the following outcomes: