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County Executive Officer: Sarah Mason
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Heron Way Newham, Truro


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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

LTN-65 Closed churchyards and disused burials grounds

LTN-65 Closed churchyards and disused burials grounds- June 2014

Legal Topic Note 65 deals with the law relating to closed churchyards and disused burial grounds.

Sun, 01 Jun 2014

LTN-9E Handling Complaints

LTN-9E Handling Complaints- June 2014

This Legal Topic Note is intended to assist local councils deal with formal complaints they receive about their operations and services.

Sun, 01 Jun 2014

LTN-77 Public Rights of Way

LTN-77 Public Rights of Way- June 2014

The purpose of this LTN is to give an overview of the law relating to public rights of way in England and Wales.

Sun, 01 Jun 2014

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

LTN-64 Tombstones and Memorials

LTN-64 Tombstones and Memorials- May 2014

Legal Topic Note 64, looks at issues regarding tombstones and memorials at burial sites.

Thu, 01 May 2014

LTN-76 Energy Performance Requirements

LTN-76 Energy Performance Requirements- May 2014

Display Energy Certificates ("DECs") are intended to raise public awareness by requiring public authorities (including parish councils in England and community councils in Wales) to display information about their buildings' energy use. They were introduced by the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

Thu, 01 May 2014

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

Standing Orders

NALC Model Standing Orders document - electronic version 2014 - excerpt from the NALC publication 'Local Councils Explained'


(i) as a result of the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, councils cannot continue to use model Standing Order 3(l) after 5th August 2014. Please see NALC Briefing Note: Standing Orders - Amendment L02-14 which updates the position.

(ii) Model standing orders 18 a(v),18c and 18f also require amendment as a result of legislation changes. See NALC update L05-15.

Members may also wish to refer to Legal Topic Note 5: Parish & Community Council meetings.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014

Cornwall Code of Conduct (2014)

Model Code of Conduct Document for Town and Parish Councils in Cornwall (Updated 2014)

Wed, 01 Jan 2014

NALC Template Allotment Garden Tenancy Agreement Guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to help a council use/edit NALC's template allotment garden tenancy agreement. NALC's template allotment garden tenancy agreement incorporates the most important statutory rights conferred on a council and tenant in respect of the letting of an allotment garden.

Fri, 01 Nov 2013

LTN-19 Unauthorised Parking on Private Land

LTN-19 Unauthorised Parking on Private Land - August 2013

There are a number of bodies with statutory powers to immobilise or remove vehicles on land that is not a public place. These include principal authorities in car parks they provide or manage, the police when enforcing road traffic contraventions or otherwise removing vehicles that are illegally, obstructively or dangerously parked; the police and principal authorities when exercising their powers to remove abandoned vehicles from private land.

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

Tags: LTN, NALC, Legal

LTN-2 The Chairman of Local Councils

LTN-2 The Chairman of Local Councils- October 2013

At the time of the annual election of the Chairman of a local council, NALC is often asked to advise whether a chairman who is standing for re-election to the chair may preside over the council whilst the election of the next chairman is taking place. When the re-election is contested the questions are:

?- does the chairman have a right to vote? and

?- if there is a tie, is the chairman able to give himself a casting vote?

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

LTN-7 Non-Councillor Members of Committees

LTN-7 Non-Councillor Members of Committees- October 2013

this Legal Topic Note outlines the circumstances in which local councils may appoint non-councillors to council committees (and sub-committees). Non-councillors may be appointed to different types of committee:

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

LTN-86 The Disclosure and Barring Service

LTN-86 The Disclosure and Barring Service- October 2013

CRB checks are now known as 'DBS' checks. DBS checks may be needed for employees, workers or volunteers working under a contract for services.

Tue, 01 Oct 2013

Clerk Job Description

'The Clerk to the Council will be the Proper Officer of the Council and as such, is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular, to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a Local Authority's Proper Officer.

The Clerk will be totally responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council, in connection with its function as a Local Authority, are carried out.'

This document provides a draft outline for a Clerks job description, including key responsibilities and a job description.

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

Application form for Clerk position

Application form template for a Clerk.

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

Draft Job Description RFO

A responsible finance officer (RFO) is appointed by each local council in accordance with Local Government Act 1972 section 151. The following is a comprehensive list of duties which relate to the statutory post.

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

An Introduction to Borrowing by Parish Councils

'This fact-sheet summarises the arrangements for lawful borrowing by local (parish and town) councils.

1. A parish council may borrow funds but will normally require the formal written approval of the Secretary of State.'

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

FOI Policy for Handling Requests

Within 20 working days of receipt of your written request the Council will:

  • confirm to you whether or not it holds the information
  • advise you if a fee will be charged
  • provide you with the information (after any relevant fee has been paid) unless an exemption applies (see 'Exemptions' paragraph below).
  • FOI Policy for Handling Requests (MS Word, 164 Kb)

Sun, 01 Sep 2013

LTN-10 Royal Visits

LTN-10 Royal Visits- March 2013

This Legal Topic Note explains the formalities and rules of precedence associated with a visit to a town; parish or community by a member of the Royal Family or the Lord-Lieutenant.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013

Tags: LTN, Event, NALC, Legal

LTN-12 Titles of Dignity

LTN-12 Titles of Dignity- March 2013

Individuals may enjoy special status in their local area in a variety of different ways. Such status can be by appointment, by conferment or by admission. This Legal Topic Note concentrates on the titles of freemen, officers of dignity and honorary freemen and free-women.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

LTN-30 Defamation

LTN-30 Defamation- February 2013

A defamatory statement is one "which tends to lower a person in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally or to cause him to be shunned or avoided or to expose him to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to convey an imputation on him disparaging or injurious to him in his office, profession, calling, trade or business" (Halsbury's Laws of England).

Fri, 01 Feb 2013

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

LTN-84 Community Right to Challenge

LTN-84 Community Right to Challenge- January 2013

The Community Right to Challenge allows parish councils (amongst others) to declare an interest in running a service normally provided by a principle authority.

The result of such a declaration is that the principle authority has to decide whether the service can feasibly be run by the challenging body.

Tue, 01 Jan 2013

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

LTN-78 Equality Act 2010

LTN-78 Equality Act 2010- January 2013

This LTN covers the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. The 2010 Act replaces and brings together previous legislation.

Tue, 01 Jan 2013

LTN-38 Data Protection

LTN-38 Data Protection- January 2013

The Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 1 March 2000. The Act gives effect in UK Law to the 1995 EC Data Protection Directive. It strengthens and extends the data protection regime created by the Data Protection Act 1984 which it replaces.

Tue, 01 Jan 2013

Tags: LTN, Legal, NALC

Salary and Benchmarking Guide

A CALC guide to Salaries and Benchmarking- please note these do not contain the most up to date salary scales. Please refer to the up to date salary scales before using this document.

Tue, 01 Jan 2013

LTN-52 Temporary Use of Allotment Land Appendix

LTN-52 Temporary Use of Allotment Land Appendix

Appendix for the Legal Topic Note 52 (2012) 'Temporary use of Allotment Land'.

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

LTN-52 Temporary use of allotment land

LTN-52 Temporary use of allotment land- November 2012

Legal Topic Note 52 (2012) outlines the legalities of using land dedicated as allotment land, temporarily for other purposes.

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Allotment Tenancy Agreement Template

NALC have provided this 'Allotment Tenancy Agreement' for an allotment garden.

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

LTN-45 Disposal and Appropriation of Land

LTN-45 Disposal and Appropriation of Land- December 2016

Section 126(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 provides that any land belonging to a local council which is not required for the purpose for which it was acquired, or has since been appropriated, may be appropriated for any other purpose for which the council is authorised by statute to acquire land by agreement.

S.126(2) empowers a parish meeting in a parish without a separate council to appropriate land not required for its original purpose, or which has since been appropriated, for some other purpose approved by the Secretary of State.

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

The Code of Conduct: A Guide for City, Town & Parish Councillors

On 1 July 2012 The Localism Act 2011, and Regulations made under it,brought about the removal of the statutory Code of Conduct. This wasreplaced by a requirement in the Act for each Council to maintain highstandards of conduct and to adopt a code that deals with the conduct ofmembers and co-opted members when they are acting in that capacity.

As a result of these changes Cornwall Council adopted a Code of Conduct on 3 July 2012. In discussions with the Cornwall Association of Local Councils thisCode was adapted to meet the needs of the City, Community, Town and ParishCouncils in Cornwall and was sent out to them for adoption as an InterimCode.

This guidance relates to the amended Code recommended for adoption byCity, Community, Town and Parish Councils in Cornwall in October 2012.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012