In October 2019 NCVO launched their new safeguarding resources on NCVO Knowhow. This acts as a one-stop shop for the key guidance and resources on safeguarding that they have produced in association with expert organisations.

Mayors, Leaders and Chairmen of Town and Parish Councils throughout the UK are to take the lead in local celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe on the 8th May 2020.

Recent reports from Which? show that rural communities are disproportionately affected by cuts to the UK's cash machine network.

The new fund, launched by UK ATM network Link and UK Finance, will give members of the public the chance to apply for a free ATM machine.

A new Councillor Workbook from the LGA

This workbook is a learning aid for councillors on the roles, opportunities and drivers for council-led action on the changing climate, both to reduce local carbon emissions and to build resilience to extreme weather.

Neighbourhood Planning and Community Health and Wellbeing

Councils will recall the CIL Briefing sent out earlier in 2019 by NALC Legal Services, and in line with neighbourhood planning, All Things Neighbourhood Planning consider that Councils could and should go one step further and this article loks to explore health and wellbeing throught neighbourhood planning.

Year of Wellbeing Community Assets Development for Mental Wellbeing

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) would like to offer community asset organisations the opportunity to bid for capital funding to make physical improvements to their buildings to make environments more mental health friendly.  The Year of Wellbeing Community Assets Development for Mental Wellbeing is funded by People Strategy and Commissioning, WCC.

The Road Safety Trust is accepting applications to its new small grants programme for local road safety pilots and trials.

The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level.

The National Audit Office has issued the second part of its consultation on the new Code of Audit Practice which is due to come into force by 1 April 2020.  NALC will be responding.  The consultation is open for a period of 12 weeks. 

Context & proposals

The NAO completed the first stage of its consultation on 31 May and published its own response to this at this link.  Schedule 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 requires that the Code be reviewed, and revisions considered at least every


As a county council we want Warwickshire to be the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations.

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We know we face pressures from increasing demand for services and further uncertainty on our long term resources. We are tackling these challenges from a strong base: we manage our finances responsibly and our staff are engaged, committed and passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes for our communities. 

Have your say

A draft strategic transport plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The draft plan outlines how extra capacity will be built into the network and how public transport will be strengthened to keep the region moving, making sure residents, businesses and visitors can continue to travel around the West Midlands.  Comments from residents and businesses across the West Midlands are being welcomed as part of a feedback process.


Deadline 5th November 2019

The latest government consultation regarding changes in planning regulations to allow new masts for 5G networks.

WALC suggest you respond to the proposals in this document.

  • There should be stronger emphasis on reusing existing masts wherever possible.  Companies having to share them.  Requirements to remove old masts if new ones are built.
  • There is reference to them not affecting areas of Outstanding natural beauty and sites of special Scientific Interest but there is no

September 2019 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council includes

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • Affordable Housing Delivery Group
  • Latest housing land supply figure

Following their work with over 50 town and parish councils, the ICO have developed a suite of resources to help local councils with some of their key data protection issues.

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This is the third Warwickshire cyber crime survey, carried out by Warwickshire County Council in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The last survey, conducted in 2017, found that an estimated £8,848,300 had been lost by Warwickshire adults as a result of cyber crime.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has welcomed the government's announcement for plans to strengthen the purpose and role of local (parish and town) councils across the country, including a commitment to make it easier to set up new local councils.

The Rights To Access Healthcare project is currently operating in Rugby, raising awareness of everybody's right to access a GP surgery, regardless of whether they have a fixed address, identification or their immigration status.

NALC's August 2019 Council Spotlight goes to Fillongley Parish Council

Council Spotlight will recognise your council, communities and individuals as well as partners that have championed the great work in the local council sector. From innovative ideas to lobbying for funding, from grassroots projects to getting more control from district councils.

Launch of 2019 Mental Health Directory of support services

The South Warwickshire Mental Health Partnership, made up of professionals from the third and public sectors, aims to improve awareness of mental health support services in South Warwickshire. Each year the Partnership holds an annual event to bring organisations together to collaborate better around mental health. 

This consultation is on the Council’s proposed new Council Plan, formerly known as the Corporate Strategy. 

Please complete the questionnaire by Tuesday 27th August 2019.

It is time for Stratford-on-Avon District Council to create a new plan to provide its directions for the next four years, and we need your help.

Since the local elections in May of this year, the Council has been working with key stakeholders (both internal and external) to produce a set of aspirations and outcomes that aims to


Periodically it is necessary to review and revise your financial regulations.  This may be due to legislative changes or new technologies.  The model financial regulations were last updated in 2016 and a number of changes are now required.