Internal audit is a timely subject featured on the NALC blog through a really interesting piece by Eleanor Green, Secretary to the Parish Internal Auditors Forum, who reminds us that
Does your Council own a green space which you would like to see protected and enjoyed by local people for ever? If so, the Open Spaces Society recommends that you consider voluntarily registering it as a town or village green. You can do this, under section 15(8) of the Commons Act 2006, with your county or unitary council, which makes no charge for the application. Once registered as a green, local people will enjoy the right to recreation there, and the space is protected for ever from development—what a gift to your community!
The Centre for Ageing Better published its Ageing in a rural place report. With roughly 70% of local councils are in rural areas, the report looks at the specific challenges that rural populations face, such as housing, employment, protection of local buildings and assets, and transport links. Find out more about the Centre for Ageing Better work.
Natural England last week published a new Countryside Code to help people enjoy the outdoors as lockdown restrictions ease. A timely publication for rural councils facing the social problems that come with increased footfall, the accompanying informational posters promote respect for others, protection of the environment, and responsible enjoyment of the outdoors.