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.

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

The NT writes:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Neighbourhood Planning and Community Health and Wellbeing

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

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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

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

Closes 20 October 2019

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. 

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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

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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
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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
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