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General Data Protection Regulation - main provisions L05-17

This new legal briefing from NALC provides a summary of the provisions in the Data Protection Act 1998 and the changes in law being introduced by General Data Protection Regulation which are relevant to councils.

Thu, 24 Aug 2017

Good Councillor's Guide 2017

The latest version of the Good Councillor's Guide which provides essential guidance for local councillors.

Tue, 09 May 2017

Good Councillor's Guide to Neighbourhood Planning

The new Guide from NALC to Neighbourhood Planning

Tue, 23 May 2017

Good employment magazine articles

Interesting articles from NALC's in-house magazine

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

Governance & Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England - A Practitioner's Guide

This Guide is issued by the Joint Panel on Accounting Guidance (JPAG), and jointly published by the Society of Local Council Clerks, the National Association of Local Councils and the Association of Drainage Authorities

JPAG has approved some minor amendments to the wording of the guide. The content is not greatly changed, but a minor error affecting Parish Meetings has been corrected and some of the explanations in Part 5 have been made clearer.

The 2017 edition of the Guide applies to the statutory reporting of the financial year 2017/18. However, JPAG has authorised the early adoption of the Guide for 2016/17 on a voluntary basis. The decision whether to do so will rest with individual smaller authorities.

Fri, 31 Mar 2017

Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England 2018

This Guide is issued by the Joint Panel on Accounting Guidance (JPAG), and jointly published by the Society of Local Council Clerks, the National Association of Local Councils and the Association of Drainage Authorities

Councils can prepare their Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for 2017/18 in accordance with either the 2017 or the 2018 edition. The main change of substance is clarification on how councils should account for Community Infrastructure Levy.

Thu, 29 Mar 2018

Grants making policy

This grants making policy is to be used as a gruidline, councils should consider the powers that underpin the grant making process.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014

Grievance Procedure

This model grievance proceedure has been prepared by NALC and outlines a number of grievance proceedures for town and parish councils

'This procedure applies to all employees of the council.

The objectives of the procedure are: -

To foster good relationships between the council and its employees by discouraging the harbouring of grievances;

To settle grievances as near as possible to their point of origin;

To ensure the council treats grievances seriously and resolves them as quickly as possible; and

To ensure that employees are treated fairly and consistently throughout the council.'

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

Guidance Notes for the Transparency Fund Application Form 2017-18

Guidance notes to accompany the Transparency Fund application form (2017-18).

All completed forms should be returned to enquiries@cornwallalc.org.uk

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Guidance on Filling a Council Vacancy

This Guidance Document details the process for filling a council vacancy.

'A vacancy on the council must first be advertised by Cornwall Council offering the public the opportunity to fill the vacancy by bye-election. At least 10 members of the public must demand a poll to require the parish/town council to fill the vacancy by public bye?election. If there is no demand for a bye-election, the parish/town council will be notified by the Electoral Officer of Cornwall Council that they are free to coopt to fill the vacancy which can then be done at a subsequent council meeting.'

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

Guidance to Model Contract

This guidance accompanies the 2011 model contract template for a town/parish clerk.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011

Guide to Awarding Dispensations

Parish Councils are now responsible for determining requests for a dispensation by a parish councillor under Section 33 of Localism Act 2011. This is because they are a"relevant authority" under section 27(6) (d) of the Act.

This guide explains:

a. the purpose and effect of dispensations

b. the procedure for requesting dispensations

c. the criteria which are applied in determining dispensation requests

d. the terms of dispensations

Thu, 14 Jun 2012

Guide to the Code of Conduct

Guidance paper for the Code of Conduct

Fri, 18 Aug 2017