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.
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.
In Warwickshire a range of organisations including local Councils, Fire and Rescue, the Police, the Probation Service, Health and Third Sector organisations work together to address community safety through the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board. The Board aims to create safer communities and wants to understand what residents and businesses are currently concerned about in relation to community safety.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the British Toilets Association (BTA) recently met and both organisations are committed to ending the toilet tax (the business rate levy) on public conveniences owned or run by local (parish and town) councils – once and for all.
Both organisations were sorely disappointed that the Non Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill did not make it past committee stage in the House of Lords in September last year due to the pro-rogation of parliament – despite unanimous cross party support in the House of Lords. This follows the local government finance bill of 2016 also falling due to a lack of parliamentary time.
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
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.