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The Great British Spring Clean campaign 2021 has been launched by Keep Britain Tidy. From 28 May to 13 June 2021, #LitterHeroes across the country are encouraged to get outside and get active, while helping Keep Britain Tidy on their mission to clean up a million miles of UK streets, coastline, parks, footpaths and neighbourhoods.

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Legal Topic Note (LTN) 37 on Freedom of Information has been updated. 

NALC has made the content more practical, relevant and council specific and we have added links to user-friendly guidance. As per the previous version, the LTN contains guidance on the right of access to information, responding to FOI requests and the exemptions that can be applied.

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A free webinar, held on 31st March 2021, for parish and town councils, offering practical strategies and tactics to manage a crisis effectively, hosted by Breakthrough Communications.  With guest panelist Jackie Weaver

In this webinar our panel of experts will look at how councils can prepare for future crises that may arise, how to manage them effectively from a communications perspective when they happen, and what to do afterwards.

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Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm the government will not bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. NALC's chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded to express her disappointment, as has the Local Government Association (LGA) in their statement.

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The Parish Borrowing Team (PBT) at MHCLG have developed updated guidance for local (parish and town) councils submitting borrowing applications during the COVID period.

The guidance sets out the process and overview of responsibilities, clarifies communications channels and the contacts for all parish borrowing related enquiries.

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According to David Hall, Director of Cloudy IT, writing for NALC, Councils are now moving away from Zoom,  due to its limited functionality. He argues they need a "more robust system... including the ability to safely share large numbers of often sensitive documents, manage legal issues around data security and accessibility, and support remote teams so they feel connected and engaged." 

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Latest Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on Avon District Council includes a foreword on local elections, the budget and the latest update on the proposed merging with Warwick District Council.

Exciting news for those currently studying or those considering extending their knowledge further. De Montfort University (DMU) announced in December that a Masters in Community Governance has been successfully validated and will be available to students from April 2021. This qualification will officially be known as the MA in Public Leadership and Management.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has launched The Good Councillor's guide to cyber security in partnership with Microshade VSM.

The guide aims to help local (parish and town) councils understand the importance of cyber security better and provide practical advice on minimising risks to the council. The guide features information on understanding the most common threats such as phishing, viruses, loss of data and how some simple steps can help protect the council's data and equipment.