Fillongley Parish Council Annual Report….Financial year 2018-19

What a busy year this has proved to be with no slowing down in sight!

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently launched a consultation on freedom of information called Openness by design (the ICO draft access to information strategy). This document and consultation have implications for wider local government and NALC will be responding.  The final deadline for responses is 8 March 2019. Do please respond directly to the online survey or email your views to  to help inform the NALC response.

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Take a look at this link for Street Activist - which is part of the Now or Never Campaign in Leamington - tackling litter, waste and plastic reduction in Leamington.

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Newquay Town Council is preparing to submit a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act in relation to allowing local councils the power to enforce civil parking regulations.  This will be supported by NALC which has also had a long standing policy position on this matter for some years.

In Newquay there have been significant issues with anti-social on-street parking, which is compounded by a lack of enforcement in more remote or residential areas. This is creating serious safety issues,

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For Rugby Borough

Councillor Tony Gillias

Following the adoption by Rugby Borough Council of the Warwickshire Local Councils Charter in 2015, a borough wide Parish Champion needed to be appointed to provide support and assistance to parish councils, where possible. I am particularly honoured to be that person.

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The Committee on Standards in Public Life have just published their report to Government on “Local Government Ethical Standards”

The key points from the report are summarised in the following bullets: -

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Coventry and Warwickshire are working throughout their Year of Wellbeing 2019 to inspire and empower people to make changes that will improve their wellbeing, and the wellbeing of people around them. That’s why they’re supporting Time to Talk Day and they hope you will want to join in to make this Time to Talk day the biggest one ever across Coventry and Warwickshire!

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The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter sent an open letter to its 100,000 local (parish and town) councillors.

The letter sets out the challenges and opportunities ahead and showcases a number of key achievements over the last year.

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NALC publication shines a light on 150 local councils

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) today has published its new publication highlighting the good work England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are doing more for their communities.

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Often, loneliness is associated with older people who live on their own; but loneliness is not just about social isolation therefore, people can be lonely, but not necessarily living in isolation. The Campaign to End Loneliness believe that people of all ages need connections that matter.

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The Parish Council has two vacancies – if you are interested, please contact any Parish Councillor or the Clerk for more information.  Details are on the PC notice boards and on the website.

Congratulations to Viv Morgan who has been warded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to education.  Viv set up the school for bullied children in 2012 and it now supports up to 30 children who have suffered from extreme bullying.

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This is consultation about possible increase to the Police precept in Warwickshire.

WALC have looked at the survey at the questions are very simple.

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I am writing from the Warwickshire PCC’s Office to make you all aware of some new opportunities opening up for small grants applications.  Community projects, crime-reduction initiatives, victims’ support services and non-profit groups are set for a cash injection from Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, as he opens two grants schemes for applications for the coming financial year.

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Warwickshire County Council are pleased to announce the launch of our 2nd Round of the Councillors' Grant Fund 2018/19, for the funds carried forward from the 1st round. PLEASE NOTE: Not all Councillors had a surplus of funds to carry forward.

The amount of funding available is as follows:

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A blog from the ICO website

In the latest of our series of GDPR myth-busting blogs, a new post by Deputy Commissioner (Policy) Steve Wood tackles some misconceptions which have sprung up around how the new data protection law might affect your Christmas.

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Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund - 2nd Round now open!

The Warwick District Community Forum Grant Fund 2018-19, supported by Warwick District Council (WDC) and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is open for a second round of applications from Monday 3rd December 2018.

In the first round 27 groups received a share of £45,000 to support small scale community projects across Warwick district.

A further £45,000 is available for a second round of funding. The closing date is Monday 28th January

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Warwickshire County Council Flood Risk Management Newsletter Autumn 2018

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In a speech at NALC's Annual Conference, Rishi Sunak MP paid tribute to local (parish and town) councils and the “people who are dedicated to improving people’s lives every single day”.
Read the transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that public toilets will receive new mandatory business rates relief, following an extensive and prolonged campaign to end the toilet tax by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Members of Parliament.

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NALC have spotted that the Monday following the local council elections on Thursday 2 May next year (2019) falls on a bank holiday. This matters for establishing the date that councillors retire and new councillors assume office, that is, the fourth day after the ordinary day of election (s.16 (3) of the Local Government Act 1972).

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