As the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) reaches its five-year milestone, NALC will be conducting a review of its criteria.

As part of the process, we are encouraging clerks, councillors, county associations and panel members to complete the survey.

NALC will use the results to make improvements to the scheme.

The survey will close on 14 September 2020.

For more information or enquiries, please contact NALC at linda.hammond@nalc.gov.uk.

 

Warwickshire County Council’s hotline on 0800 408 1447 remains open for people who need urgent help to access food and well-being support during these difficult times.  

Funding to help neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas develop local neighbourhood plans.

Bill Grimsey, author of the report Build, Back, Better, joins NALC's event series "Rebuilding Communities" on repairing the neglected social fabric of high streets, the need for a shift power away from government to local communities, and the importance of local leadership and the role Parish and Town Councils can play in developing high streets.

Today, Kim Slater of WRCC led a session based on Version 4 of the ACRE Re-opening Information Sheet issued on 20th July 2020 this can be downloaded from the WRCC website.

You can watch the video below

Local Council Review, NALC's flagship magazine, invite you to share your opinions on remote and hybrid meetings for the next issue.

The Centre for Progressive Policy thinktank predicts that Stratford-on-Avon District will face the fourth biggest economic hit of all local authority areas in the UK from coronavirus. As a result unemployment will be a significant problem within the District.

In response WCAVA would like to help charities, voluntary and community groups work up and apply for funding of between £5K and £20 K to help unemployed people back into employment, education or training.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Assembly and May Parish Council AGM were unfortunately cancelled. The July PC meeting was held on Zoom and our next meeting in September will also be held on Zoom. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to join the meeting.

Lockdown loo is a free website that encourages organisations and members of the public to provide information on which public loos are open. Do have a check of your local area and update or add information to help people find local facilities.

Free posters and resources to help discourage littering

The Arts Fund has announced new Respond and Reimagine Grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future.

The SLCC have announced that effective 1st October 2020, the fee for taking CiLCA will increase to £410 (currently £350).

This increase has been considered and approved by the CiLCA Operations Group and the Improvement & Development Board both of which include representatives of County Associations.  In addition to general increases in costs, the increase will fund improvements to CiLCA through the 2020 review process and technical changes to EMMA.

COVID-19 has had a major impact on all our lives over the last few months. Now, with lockdown easing, Coventry City Council is seeking to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had across our communities.

The Council has put together a survey which asks residents how they feel about the current COVID-19 crisis and how it's impacted their everyday life. It also asks them for their views on the city's response to the crisis.

LTN08: Elections has been updated to make it more relevant for the needs of local councils and to clarify our guidance on co-option. It is now called Elections and co-option. Legal briefing L15-08 has been removed from the website. Do please note that the updated LTN should be read in conjunction with our Legal Briefing L03-20

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new publication on website accessibility requirements.

The publication provides practical steps that local (parish and town) councils can follow to understand the new regulations, put in place an accessibility statement, and start plans to improve the accessibility of their website.

NALC calls on government to introduce sanctions to support the proposed code of conduct

Eighteen months after the Committee on Standards in Public Life reported to the Prime Minister on improving ethical standards in local government, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pleased to have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to take forward the recommendation to develop an updated national model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. This is an

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NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance have produced a new guide on risk assessment for COVID-19.

The guide features guidance and information to help make risk assessments and directs to useful resources from the government and the Health and Safety Executive, with specific details on how to adapt your risk assessments for COVID-19. The guide also contains two templates designed especially for local (parish and town) councils that will help start risk assessments.

The Government’s new NHS test and trace service is designed to trace people who might have come in to contact with someone who has coronavirus and help prevent the spread of the disease. Advice has been issued on how to spot fraudsters who may try to use NHS test and trace to steal personal and financial information and perpetrate scams.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today published its new edition of Points of Light, which showcases the excellent work of local (parish and town) councils in building stronger communities.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with Team Doctor to offer local (parish and town) councils access to workplace-related resources.

NALC and Team Doctor are acutely aware that it is a tough time for people in local government. Therefore, we are offering local councils two months of access to Team Doctor resources at no cost.