NALC CEO Bulletin

Larger Councils’ Committee and good practice visit

  • The Durham town councils of Great Aycliffe and Shildon hosted our Larger Councils’ Committeeearlier this week for their annual good practice visit to gain an insight into some of the issues faced by larger councils and to see a range of their services and facilities.
  • The Committee visited Great Aycliffe Town council’s sports and leisure facilities as well as their pre-school learning centre Monday afternoon prior to being joined the council’s respective mayors Cllr Quinn and Cllr Hilary, Cllr Bell from the Durham county association and Margaret Middleton from the Darlington county association for the evening programme; a series of short presentations took place throughout the evening including a formal welcome from both mayors, updates on devolution and partnership working and a short speech by committee chairman Cllr Kevin Wilson.
  • Following a tour of both council’s projects and facilities on Tuesday morning – including their parks which neatly coincided with #loveparksweek – the committee received a presentation from Cllr Robert Fleming, leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council on devolution and partnership working with Durham Council; during its formal meeting the committee noted progress on the work programme and priorities and agreed to supplement existing activity to gather examples of larger councils engaging communities in budget setting, received an update on the governance review and identified key issues to be considered over the coming year including the purpose of the Committee and its terms of reference as well as the definition of a larger council and the Direct Access Scheme, holding next year’s good practice visit in Chippenham and opening the study visit up as a pilot to a limited number of other larger councils, and collaboration between councils including with the Co-operative Councils’ Network.
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WCC Councillors’ Grant Fund 2017-18

Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund 2017-18

Funding Now Available For Community Projects Throughout Warwickshire

The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. The Fund provides each of the County’s 57 Councillors with a pot of £5000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:

  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent;
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.
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Internal Auditors

The audit regime changes in April next year and for smaller Councils (less than £25K budget) in particular the reliance on internal auditors will be much more important with the ability to opt out of external auditing.  To address this concern we are looking for a number of clerks and councillors to put their name forward to become a WALC approved auditor.

Anyone interested should state their reasons for getting involved and what skills and experience they can bring.

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NALC Council Spotlight

NALC Council Spotlight will recognise your council, communities and individuals as well as partners that have championed the great work in the local council sector. It is a free, simple and quick process. 

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