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.

Deadline 5th November 2019

The latest government consultation regarding changes in planning regulations to allow new masts for 5G networks.

WALC suggest you respond to the proposals in this document.

  • There should be stronger emphasis on reusing existing masts wherever possible.  Companies having to share them.  Requirements to remove old masts if new ones are built.
  • There is reference to them not affecting areas of Outstanding natural beauty and sites of special Scientific Interest but there is no reference to their setting.  There is also no mention of conservation areas or listed buildings.  These need to be considered and avoided.
  • In more sensitive areas thought should be given to their appearance to make them less obtrusive.

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.

The National Audit Office has issued the second part of its consultation on the new Code of Audit Practice which is due to come into force by 1 April 2020.  NALC will be responding.  The consultation is open for a period of 12 weeks. 

Context & proposals

The NAO completed the first stage of its consultation on 31 May and published its own response to this at this link.  Schedule 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 requires that the Code be reviewed, and revisions considered at least every five years. The current Code came into force on 1 April 2015, and the maximum five-year lifespan of the Code means it now needs to be reviewed and a new Code laid in Parliament in time for it to come in to force no later than 1 April 2020.

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.

The County All Party Parliamentary Group (County APPG) is undertaking an independent inquiry into the decline of rural bus services in county and rural areas with the County Councils Network (CCN).

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!

NALC needs your help to gather evidence on the financial impact of the coronavirus on local councils.  This information is vital to our representation to the government on the loss of income to local councils during these difficult times, and the need for a tailored financial support package for the local council sector.

The short survey includes questions on precept, staffing and income so it would be helpful to have this data to hand when completing the survey.  Please help us to help you by taking a few minutes to complete the survey as soon as possible or by 24 April at the latest.

Warwickshire County Council Flood Risk Management Newsletter Autumn 2018

The Government has launched a new £2 million fund to support frontline grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.

The Treasury has issued a policy consultation in which the Government is proposing to expand the dormant assets scheme. The government is proposing to expand the dormant assets scheme to include a wider tranche of otherwise idle assets which may be put to better use for good causes.    

Context & proposals

A range of assets were considered for inclusion in any expansion of the dormant assets’ scheme based on genuine dormancy and particpants’ willingness to transfer them.    The new scheme would likely include  - dormant bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, share proceeds and unit proceeds (all dormant).  Investment asset proceeds and distributions would also likely be included, as would certain other dormant asset distributions. 

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

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Warwickshire Hate Crime Annual Report for 2019 has been published, outlining the picture of hate in the county from the last 12 months.

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.


Following their work with over 50 town and parish councils, the ICO have developed a suite of resources to help local councils with some of their key data protection issues.

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.

Deadline extended to 20 December 2019

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is researching the local elections in May this year to examine the elections process for local (parish and town) councils.

The research will gather data from local councils, councillors and county associations, and aims to find out more about candidates, costs, support, promotion, planning, resources and future reform.

 

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.

NALC and the University of Plymouth (UoP) is currently undertaking ground-breaking research on dementia in local (parish and town) councils. Due to the unfortunate COVID-19 crisis and the additional pressures put on local councils, we have decided to extend the deadline to 31st May 2020.

NALC and UoP believe that England's 10,000 local councils play an important role within communities to offer solutions to help tackle dementia. The research will aim to find out precisely what local councils are doing to help support their communities on dementia.

The research will begin on 24 February 2020 and will last around two months, closing on 17 April. In this period, an extensive survey will be completed by local councils. Once the data is collected and analysed, a joint report will be published, which will summarise what local councils are doing and give recommendations on what they can do to help make their communities healthier.

If you have any questions, please contact NALC at  or on 0207 290 0314.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

Action With Communities in Rural England (ACRE) needs your help with a crucial survey of meeting facilities for the community. It is only carried out every ten years.

Can you help them to collect responses by forwarding the link below to anyone in the parish responsible for running a community building. This could be anything from a village hall, community centre, sports pavilion, church hall, to a church providing community use, Miners Welfare Institute or WI hall.  It is important to us that ACRE have up to date information about halls and the social and economic impact they deliver for their communities.

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.

This guide outlines the current loneliness policy context, uses a range of case studies to demonstrate effective local delivery models working in practice, and provides useful check lists and top tips on how to measure and evaluate outputs.

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.

WALC would be grateful to receive member council’s nomination (one councillor plus a companion) to attend a Royal Garden Party to be held on Tuesday 19 May 2020.

Nominations closed at noon on Monday 27 January 2020.

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.

Please find attached the December issue of Parish & Partners Briefing - a review of 2019.

Please feel free to forward this e-newsletter to anyone who you think may be interested.

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.

Solihull CAVA is undertaking a borough-wide State of the Sector survey and would welcome your input.

The aim is to get a clear picture of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Solihull, an understanding of the sector's impact, and an insight into the current opportunities and challenges faced by VCS groups.

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.

Share your opinions on... the new government

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) thank you as always for your contributions to their last opinion article in LCR magazine.

For the Winter issue, they would like you to answer three questions on the new government.

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) and the British Toilets Association (BTA) recently met and both organisations are committed to ending the toilet tax (the business rate levy) on public conveniences owned or run by local (parish and town) councils – once and for all.

Both organisations were sorely disappointed that the Non Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill did not make it past committee stage in the House of Lords in September last year due to the pro-rogation of parliament – despite unanimous cross party support in the House of Lords.  This follows the local government finance bill of 2016 also falling due to a lack of parliamentary time.

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.

Have your say

A draft strategic transport plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The draft plan outlines how extra capacity will be built into the network and how public transport will be strengthened to keep the region moving, making sure residents, businesses and visitors can continue to travel around the West Midlands.  Comments from residents and businesses across the West Midlands are being welcomed as part of a feedback process.

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.

WARWICK DISTRICT

Friday 8 May 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. This day has been designated as a Bank Holiday for the nation to remember the service and sacrifice made by so many during World War Two and pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

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.

Warwickshire County Council is engaging with residents and partners across the public, private and voluntary and community sectors to create a delivery plan to support its new Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy 2020-2025.

An online survey has been launched to ask for views on what the delivery plan should contain.  Residents and other stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey and have their say.

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.

Closes 30 September 2019

This is the third Warwickshire cyber crime survey, carried out by Warwickshire County Council in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The last survey, conducted in 2017, found that an estimated £8,848,300 had been lost by Warwickshire adults as a result of cyber crime.

The Warwickshire Education Strategy 2018-2023 seeks to improve educational outcomes, and therefore the life chances, of learners of all ages in Warwickshire. Warwickshire County Council are using this opportunity to take stock and are seeking views from educational professionals, parents, young people and partner organisations as they look to refresh the strategy.

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.

This consultation opened on 27 July and will close on 20 September 2019.

Rail services in Warwickshire make a significant contribution to the local economy, business and local communities, helping to make Warwickshire an attractive place in which to live and work. The County Council has an excellent track record in delivering rail infrastructure and helping to improve services. 

Warwickshire intends to continue this support and investment in the local rail network to help improve wider connectivity, contribute to the delivery of housing and employment opportunities and maximise the benefit of economic growth in Warwickshire over the next fifteen years and beyond.  This draft strategy sets out Warwickshire County Council’s ambitious and challenging plans to improve the rail offer in Warwickshire and will form part of the County’s fourth Local Transport Plan (LTP4).

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.

As a county council we want Warwickshire to be the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations.

Closes 20 October 2019

We know we face pressures from increasing demand for services and further uncertainty on our long term resources. We are tackling these challenges from a strong base: we manage our finances responsibly and our staff are engaged, committed and passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for our communities. 

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:

In Warwickshire a range of organisations including local Councils, Fire and Rescue, the Police, the Probation Service, Health and Third Sector organisations work together to address community safety through the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board. The Board aims to create safer communities and wants to understand what residents and businesses are currently concerned about in relation to community safety.