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NALC needs your help to gather evidence on the financial impact of the coronavirus on local councils.  This information is vital to our representation to the government on the loss of income to local councils during these difficult times, and the need for a tailored financial support package for the local council sector.

The short survey includes questions on precept, staffing and income so it would be helpful to have this data to hand when completing the survey.  Please help us to help you by taking a few minutes to complete the survey as soon as possible or by 24 April at the latest.

Warwickshire County Council

The Warwickshire Education Strategy 2018-2023 seeks to improve educational outcomes, and therefore the life chances, of learners of all ages in Warwickshire. Warwickshire County Council are using this opportunity to take stock and are seeking views from educational professionals, parents, young people and partner organisations as they look to refresh the strategy.

NALC and the University of Plymouth (UoP) is currently undertaking ground-breaking research on dementia in local (parish and town) councils. Due to the unfortunate COVID-19 crisis and the additional pressures put on local councils, we have decided to extend the deadline to 31st May 2020.

NALC and UoP believe that England's 10,000 local councils play an important role within communities to offer solutions to help tackle dementia. The research will aim to find out precisely what local councils are doing to help support their communities on dementia.

The research will begin on 24 February 2020 and will last around two months, closing on 17 April. In this period, an extensive survey will be completed by local councils. Once the data is collected and analysed, a joint report will be published, which will summarise what local councils are doing and give recommendations on what they can do to help make their communities healthier.

If you have any questions, please contact NALC at  or on 0207 290 0314.

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Action With Communities in Rural England (ACRE) needs your help with a crucial survey of meeting facilities for the community. It is only carried out every ten years.

Can you help them to collect responses by forwarding the link below to anyone in the parish responsible for running a community building. This could be anything from a village hall, community centre, sports pavilion, church hall, to a church providing community use, Miners Welfare Institute or WI hall.  It is important to us that ACRE have up to date information about halls and the social and economic impact they deliver for their communities.

Warwickshire Community & Voluntary Action

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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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 government has published their parkrun consultation response, which Iconcludes that legislation is not necessary at this point. In NALC's written response to last year’s consultation, NALC strongly opposed the introduction of any measures which will remove the ability of local (parish and town) councils to charge for park-based activities including Parkrun. However, the government remains of the view that local authorities should not charge Parkrun or other organisations that currently provide free-to-enter running events, and intends to publish non-statutory guidance which will make very clear that local authorities should never charge for local Parkrun events. NALC will be liaising further with officials and ministers on this issue.


Article taken from NALCs Chief executive's bulletin 20 December 2018.

Read the NALC response on the Landscapes review

There are no further consultations that we are aware of at this time