NALC has launched The Good Councillor's guide to community business, in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation and Power to Change.

The guide for parish, town and community councillors sets out the principles of what a community business is and help local (parish and town) councils to consider whether this form of business could be appropriate in their community.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to hear from the public about the future of policing in the county, as he launches a major new consultation ahead of deciding how funding should be prioritised in the year ahead.

The ‘Your Police, Your Views’ survey aims to get opinions from all parts of Warwickshire on how local people feel money should be spent on policing and community safety, including what types of initiatives should be financed through grants and


This funding is to support and enhance Warwickshire’s community engagement with the national test and trace programme, and the prevention messages in relation to reducing the risks of transmission of COVID-19.

Priority population groups have been identified and are set out below.   Work in any of the geographical areas of the county will be considered.

As a result of a Community Grant from WALC and the efforts of local residents, Little Wolford Parish Meeting have not just achieved their fundraising target, but exceeded it. This week, a village defibrillator has been installed.

On 25th November 2020, prior to the business of the WALC AGM, Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) gave a talk on the next steps for local councils in building stronger communities entitled "Localism on Steroids!"  A question and answer session followed.

We recorded this session which can be viewed below and you can view the presentation slides here Localism on Steroids! a presentation with Jonathan Owen

Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-2025 aims to reduce health inequalities and improve overall health and wellbeing for residents across the county. The draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy is now out for public consultation.

 The 71st Annual Report of the Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils for 2019/2020 

WALC are working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council to encourage local Councils in Warwickshire to use and adapt the contents of a weekly Covid Support newsletter. By sharing these messages across Council platforms with their residents, important information about support for vulnerable people can reach or be amplified to as many community groups and individuals as possible.

Sign up to the weekly newsletters and view past issues here.

Deadline extended to 6 December -

Warwickshire County Council is seeking the views of community and voluntary groups around the county to help shape its £1 Million Green Shoot’s Fund, which is planned to launch in early 2021.

Warwick District Council is encouraging residents to ‘light up the district’ by switching their Christmas lights on at home this year in tandem with the town centres. The first ever virtual light switch-on event is set to take place on Friday 27 November 2020 at 6pm.

WDC Report ­– The possible reorganisation to a unitary authority is on hold until next year. Staff are mostly working from home.

Christmas Lights – WDC is encouraging residents to ‘light up the district’ by switching their Christmas lights on at home this year in tandem with the town centres.

The Autumn edition of Notes on Neighbourhood Planning is now available and provides an update on the latest news and policy development.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, has requested a push for partners, including local Councils, to encourage communities to report non-emergency crime online where appropriate by using the force’s website

COVID-19 Community Information Video from Warwickshire County Council 

Weekly update from Associate Director of Public Health - Emily van de Venter and Trading Standards and Community Safety Manager - Jonathan Toy

Stratford-on-Avon District Council is holding a public consultation between 29th October and 18th December 2020 on the proposed Site Allocations Plan (SAP).

Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council (CSW) are continuing to work together to help keep communities safer in the next phase of Covid.

As one of the 11 Beacon authorities, they are implementing local plans to manage COVID-19.

Solihull’s Cycling and Walking Strategy sets out a clear vision for the delivery of cycling and walking infrastructure across the borough and looks at what can be done to improve the capability and confidence of residents to cycle and walk more often.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has unveiled its Make A Change campaign for the May 2021 elections.

With thousands of councillor seats up for renewal on England’s local (parish and town) councils, the campaign aims to help local councils promote the elections and encourage more people – those undiscovered community heroes – to put themselves forward for election.

A long-awaited report on The Impacts of Neighbourhood Planning by the University of Reading has just been published. Conducted between September 2019 and March 2020, this extensive research project surveyed councils, consultants, the development industry, as well as both communities who have completed a neighbourhood plan and those who have struggled to complete their Plan.

Download the October 2020 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council: