The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on local (parish and town) councils to submit their nominations for the People’s Award to mark the official launch of Transport Planning Day 2019.

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) People’s Award looks for the UK’s best community-focused transport initiatives that have made a real difference to people’s access to services, quality of life and wellbeing.

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Applications are now being accepted for WCC's Councillors' Grant Fund 2019/20

The Warwickshire County Council Councillors’ Grant Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations. The Fund provides Warwickshire County Councillors with a small pot of funding to support small-scale projects within their area that support the following outcomes:

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The Annual Meetingsaw Cllr Wesbury and Cllr Soutter unanimously voted in to the position of Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.  We also co-opted Jo Day and Erica Coton as Councillors. Jo moved to the parish from Stratford-upon-Avon in October and works as a Health Visitor.  Jo is keen to use the skills she has gained within the local community.  Erica works for Enterprise Inns and is passionate about the area and keen to get to know more of the local residents.  We are delighted to welcome two

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VE Day 75th Anniversary - A shared moment of celebration

The 8th May 1945 was the day peace emerged after nearly six years of war, so the 75th anniversary on 8th May 2020 represents an important milestone in our history.  I am sure you will agree that we cannot let this day pass without reflecting on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark period. Our celebration, VE Day 75, will cover the weekend of 8th - 10th May

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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently consulting with its communities on the following two plans:

  • The location of a new fire station which it is proposed should be located on Symmetry Park, north of the A45/M45 roundabout, adjacent to the B4429 Coventry Road, and the proposal to relocate a fire engine and crew to this location
  • Potential locations for fire stations in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire

The views of the public are important to the Service so if you wish to take part in

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Department for Transport consultation on Traffic Commissioners

  • Send your views to Chris Borg at NALC by email to
  • Deadline: 11 June 2019, 

Click here to read the news story on the NALC website.

Forward to the Consultation

This consultation documentis seeking views on changing the rules to allow operators who meet certain conditions, to commence vehicle operations as soon as possible. Government is also seeking views on whether to create the power to

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Reach for the stars - apply to the 2019 NALC Star Council Awards!

Sponsored by BHIB Councils Insurance

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) officially launched its prestigious Star Council Awards for 2019 on 15 March.  The awards recognise the achievements of the parish and town (local) council sector and celebrate the positive impact local councils, county associations, local councillors and clerks make to their communities.

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R.A.B.I – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – is agriculture’s oldest and largest charity, providing welfare advice, practical care and financial support to farming people in need.

Although R.A.B.I is a charity, most of the people it helps really aren’t ‘charity cases’. They’re farmers, farmworkers, wives, widows and dependants, of all ages, who’ve invariably given more to the farming sector than they’ve ever taken.

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Report by John Crossling

Parish Councils across the Country struggle to find new Councillors.  This year is election year for the vast majority of Parish Councils in the WALC area and the County Committee felt it was right that the Association should try to help encourage people to stand as councillors locally.

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A new report published this week has highlighted the state of rural services in England, showing basic mobile calls are not possible across main networks in a third of homes and residents are losing out as bus services are scrapped.

Rural England’s State of Rural Services 2018 report draws attention to the difficulties rural households face in accessing services such as broadband, public transport, libraries, healthcare, shops and young people's services. 

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New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

From February, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.

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Exciting support opportunity for rural communities in Warwick District!

  • What do you love about your village?
  • What could make it even better?

Warwickshire CAVA  are currently working on a project (funded by Warwick District Council) to help people living in the rural areas of Warwick District to get the best out of what their village has to offer. The aim is to reduce social isolation in rural areas.

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This update, from Steve Parkinson of theThe Parkinson Partnership LLP, amends our advice for VAT-registered councils with a taxable turnover less than £85,000, having sought opinions from the CIPFA VAT committee.

Where a council is not VAT-registered and reclaims using a VAT126 form, it will NOT be affected during 2019/20, nor does it seem likely this will change in 2020/21.  

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Celebrate your incredible volunteers!

  • Do you know an amazing group of volunteers?
  • Do you know an outstanding volunteer?
  • Then nominate them for a Volunteer Award!

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 Volunteer Awards.

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PKF Littlejohn LLP have held a short webinar update for your members to access from their website.  They are recording it and the recording and slides will be available from their website from the 20th March 2019.

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A call in Government by the Rural Services Network 2019

The Rural Services Network (RSN) calls on the Government to take the lead, working with other interested organisations, to produce a comprehensive, long-term and funded Rural
Strategy.

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

  • Executive Directors' foreword
  • Warwickshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Warwickshire County Councillors Grant Fund 2019/20
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Elections: Addresses of Candidates Not Required to be Published

Please find here a letter from Rishi Sunak MP,Minister for Local Government, sent to local authorities regarding the publication of councillors’ and candidates’ home addresses.

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In October 2018 NALC expressed its view that a local council with the general power of competence (GPC) can trade and subsequently updated its related guidance note to reflect this.  NALC has now also made clear that the same factors relate to libraries and it is the legal team’s view that a local council with GPC can contribute to a library authority (county or unitary council) towards the cost of their library service.

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Overview

This survey is written by commissioners of Warwickshire’s Warm and Well fuel poverty service. This service is currently delivered by Act on Energy.

Services provided include:

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