The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched a new publication on website accessibility requirements.
The publication provides practical steps that local (parish and town) councils can follow to understand the new regulations, put in place an accessibility statement, and start plans to improve the accessibility of their website.
NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance have produced a new guide on risk assessment for COVID-19.
The guide features guidance and information to help make risk assessments and directs to useful resources from the government and the Health and Safety Executive, with specific details on how to adapt your risk assessments for COVID-19. The guide also contains two templates designed especially for local (parish and town) councils that will help start risk assessments.
The Government’s new NHS test and trace service is designed to trace people who might have come in to contact with someone who has coronavirus and help prevent the spread of the disease. Advice has been issued on how to spot fraudsters who may try to use NHS test and trace to steal personal and financial information and perpetrate scams.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has teamed up with Team Doctor to offer local (parish and town) councils access to workplace-related resources.
NALC and Team Doctor are acutely aware that it is a tough time for people in local government. Therefore, we are offering local councils two months of access to Team Doctor resources at no cost.
Parish councils across the County are doing some fantastic work in engaging with those in their communities and helping to organise teams of volunteers etc. As matters to some extent ‘settle down’, one or two are, understandably, beginning to reflect upon some of the implications of actions undertaken with appropriate urgency which may have not paid heed to nominal Data Protection requirements.
Assuming that these are casual vacancies which have been duly notified to the Borough/District Council, and that the usual notices have been posted explaining that, if ten or more electors want an election they should inform the elections officer to that effect, and that none have done so within the 14 day period, then co-option can proceed.
The view of the NALC Legal Team is that an overt refusal on the part of a parish council as a body to engage with the concept of virtual meetings, and thereby effectively to suspend meetings until such time as physical gatherings can again take place, will not provide grounds to absolve individual councillors from their responsibility to attend meetings.
Local Electricity Bill
Power for People are asking support for the Local Electricity Bill. 124 Local Councils have already done this.
The benefits of this would be:
1. Local communities and businesses could buy their electricity from a local energy company.