WALC are pleased to announce that Finham Parish Council have been awarded Foundation Level in the Local Councils Award Scheme.

Visa launches scheme to enhance access to cash in rural areas

Visa has launched an industry-wide ‘access to cash’ scheme with its partner banks to encourage retailers to offer cashback.

Top prize is £1,000 to the village hall and £500 to the photographer. There are other prizes.

Farm Gate Poultry Farm – The Council had a presentation on proposals to redevelop and modernise Farm Gate Poultry on Five Ways Road. The proposals would significantly increase production and are to be presented to WDC Planning in the near future.

Working together to build stronger communities 

NALC's Chairman, Sue Baxter writes

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.

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.

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.

New guidance has been published to show local communities how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans.

The NT writes:

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2020-21 is £8.32 per elector.

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.

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.

PC13-19 | Strengthening Police Powers to Tackle Unauthorised Encampments

Summary

The Home Office has issued a new consultation on strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments. The consultation covers criminalising the act of trespassing, broadening the existing categories of criminal trespass and broadening police powers to deal with trespassers. The main consultation document can be found here.

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.

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.

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) declared a climate emergency following overwhelming support at a panel session this year's Annual Conference.

Congratulations to Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council for achieving Quality Status with the Local Council Award Scheme.

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.

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.

Warwick District Council operates a Rural/Urban Initiatives Scheme which gives grants (£1,000 - £30,000) to locally led and run, not-for-profit, community organisations towards capital projects which make use of volunteer labour within the Warwick District area. Capital is defined as 'funds used by an organisation to purchase or upgrade physical assets such as property or equipment'.