Warwickshire County Council (in partnership with other organisations across Coventry and Warwickshire) want to understand how people have received or provided community-based support during the pandemic. This survey is part of a national evaluation of the NHS Volunteer Responders (GoodSam) scheme.

Warwickshire County Council is carrying out a Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) to understand the needs of adults living in Coventry and Warwickshire. The purpose of the JSNA is to analyse the current and future health and wellbeing needs of the local population to inform the commissioning of health, wellbeing and social care services. 

Solihull Council has shared its plans for three proposed temporary cycle lanes and invited residents to share their feedback. Residents can view the plans and find out more information by visiting the online engagement platform. The interactive website allows users to evaluate the proposals by answering questions and leaving comments.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games takes place from 28 July to 8 August and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the West Midlands on the global stage. Solihull Council is one of the host authorities, with 6 events (Badminton, Weightlifting & Para Powerlifting, Boxing, Table Tennis and Netball) taking place at the NEC.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has completed its review and updated its Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) criteria.

The review, which began in August last year, looked at the criteria and evidence required for all three levels (Foundation, Quality and Quality Gold). The process included a survey sent to NALC members to explore what parts of the criteria needed updating. A focus group, which included the Society of Local Council Clerks, county associations and local (parish and


NALC has recently engaged with Her Majesty’s Land Registry about an online survey regarding land ownership. This is an issue key to many local councils, especially when it comes to development and neighbourhood planning.

Warwickshire County Council's £1 Million Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund is now open for applications. Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to make a difference to Warwickshire’s Carbon footprint by applying to the Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund.

WALC approached the NALC legal team about a tension that we had become aware of between the legislation covering General Data Protection Regulation and Freedom of Information. we consulted about the following scenario:

If at the start of the meeting the Chair states that the meeting is being recorded for the purpose of the clerk taking minutes and that it will be destroyed as soon as the minutes have been approved (which would comply with GDPR requirements) but between the two meetings a


Warwickshire County Council is starting the process of refreshing the Local Transport Plan. This sets out the transport needs, challenges, priorities and objectives for the county and sets policies to shape future transport schemes and developments.

They are at the early stages in this process and would like your input now to help them determine the priorities which the plan should address. They have identified four main themes to look at (environment, economy, place and wellbeing) and want to


As you know, Census Day is March 21. It is getting close and we need to ensure everyone completes their questionnaires.  Due to Covid restrictions and in the absence of communal gatherings, census completion will have to rely on 'on-the-ground' contacts - trusted individuals - to support those who might not be able to complete the census without help. 

Please circulate any information on Census2021 within newsletters you send out and on any social media platforms you use.

Book clubs, walking groups and other community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months. Town, parish and community councils are eligible to apply and an income over £50,000 does not preclude organisations from submitting an application.

Warwickshire County Council is seeking the views of residents, local businesses and all others who have an interest in the south Coventry area on the plans for a new transport corridor between the A46 Stoneleigh Junction, the University of Warwick and Westwood Heath in a new issues and options consultation exercise.

The A46 Strategic Link Road is part of a strategic long-term plan for sustainable growth in this region. These plans include wider cycle networks for Warwickshire and Coventry and


NALC Chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has written an open letter to Councils and Councillors. Sue's letter recognises and applauds how our sector stepped up in 2020 and reflects on the vital role we have as the first tier of government in embedding democratic values across the country. It also highlights our huge potential to support the country emerge from the horrid times we have faced and build back better, stronger communities. NALC urge you to discuss this letter with your colleagues and your


Stratford-on-Avon District Council is running a six-week public consultation on a draft Supplemetary Planning Document between 7 January and 19 February 2021.

The consultation draftsets out the need for additional permanent accommodation within the District and identifies areas where new Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites may be suitable, subject to planning permission, as well as guidance on what any new sites should look like in respect of their design and layout.

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The County Councils’ Network (CCN) have published their Reversing the decline of county buses report on their inquiry into rural bus decline, referencing NALC’s written evidence and picking up a number of points they raised. The report includes new analysis estimating the decline in financial resources for local buses and usage since 2009/10.

Brexit Implications for Sector

The NALC Legal Team have produced a briefing focussing on relevant sector changes post Brexit including procurement, data protection, donations, parish polls and easements. Updates to the Legal Topic Notes for charity law and policing will be forthcoming.

Projects and initiatives designed to help boost community safety and victim care across Warwickshire are being invited to bid for a share of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s annual grants scheme funding.

The Commissioner’s Grants Scheme is an annual award which seeks to support initiatives which will make a positive contribution to the objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

The Road Safety Trust has announced the re-opening of its major themed grants programme on 25 February 2021 - 'How can technology be used to reduce road offending and improve road safety’.UK-based organisations, public and professional associations, registered charities and university departments may apply. Funding is available for projects that explore how technology can reduce road offending and improve road safety.

Sport England have opened a fund designed to support publicly owned leisure facilities through the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The fund, made up of £100m of Exchequer investment, will be open for applications from 14 December-8 January - with eligible local authorities able to submit an expression of interest from 17 through to 21 December

A 2020 Year Review from Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Also included, details of