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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

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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).

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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. 

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