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Good Councillor's Guide 2018

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

Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Review of Local Government Ethical Standards: CALC response

CALC's response to the recent consultation from the Committee on Standards in Public Life concerning local government ethical standards.

NALC document PC05-18 gives background details.

Wed, 23 May 2018

PR17-17 Disqualification Criteria for Councillors and Mayors

This is NALC's response to the recent government consultation paper, following its assessment of the issues contained in the document.

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

Officer Member Protocol

A CALC Model Document - whilst this Protocol cannot be prescriptive or cover all eventualities, it does aim to offer guidance on some common issues and provide points of principle that can be applied to other issues that might arise.

Mon, 18 Sep 2017

Members Allowances Report

Please note that applying the relevant percentage increases since 2012 (when these were last updated) the figures for 2017/18 (from 1.4.17) would be:

Member Allowance £196.96

Chairman Allowance £290.93

It should also be remembered that whilst the council may offer the allowance, members have to decide whether they wish to claim the payment which is subject to PAYE and would be taken into account for any means tested benefits as it is treated as salary. In addition, Co-Opted members are unable to receive the Members Allowance.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017

Register of Interests form

The latest version of the Members' Register of Interests form.

All members of principal and local councils have a legal duty under the Localism Act 2011 to register pecuniary interests in the register maintained by the Monitoring Officer for their area. The types of interests that must be registered are prescribed in regulations. Currently those regulations are The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012.

Tue, 09 May 2017

Purdah - a short guide to publicity during the pre-election period

A short guide to the rules on 'purdah' produced by the Local Government Association

Tue, 04 Apr 2017

Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity(England) - L02-17

An updated Briefing Note, issued by NALC, with particular reference to restrictions during Purdah.

The Local Government Association has published guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period which is accessible by following this link:

Purdah - short guide

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

LTN-80 Members' conduct and the registration and disclosure of their interests (England)

LTN-80 Members' conduct and the registration and disclosure of their interests (England)- March 2017

This LTN has been revised to add information about the restriction on voting on matters relating to the precept which applies to a councillor who is in arrears of payment of council tax together with the associated criminal offence of not disclosing the arrears at a relevant meeting.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

Co-option L15-08

A NALC Legal Briefing, designed to identify and recommend good practices in respect of a co-option process.

It includes a model Person Specification as an appendix.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017

'Power to the People' - LGC Special Report

A Local Government Chronicle Special Report on Town and Parish Councils, issued in June 2016 and included as part of the 2017 Local Elections Pack compiled by Sarah for recent training sessions

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

LTN-5 Parish and Community Council Meetings

LTN-5 Parish and Community Council Meetings- March 2017

This LTN has been revised to add information about the restriction on voting on matters relating to the precept which applies to a councillor who is in arrears of payment of council tax together with the associated criminal offence of not disclosing the arrears at a relevant meeting.

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

Induction Pack for New Councillors

An Induction Pack compiled as part of the CALC Local Elections Training 2017 which member councils are able to adapt for their own use locally.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017

Being a Councillor - Be the Change, Lead the Change

A Word format version of the leaflet that has been put together by Sarah to help promote interest in standing for local election.

Members are welcome to adapt it and make use of it in their local communities.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017

What is a Parish or Town Council?

A leaflet compiled as part of the CALC Local Election Pack 2017

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

What is a Parish or Town Councillor?

A leaflet compiled as part of the CALC Local Election Pack 2017

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

A Councillor - Who Me?

A user-friendly leaflet on what it means to be a councillor

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

Applying to become a Councillor

Even those who have stood as councillors before may forget what the process was like 4 years ago!

This brief guide takes candidates through the eligibility criteria for standing as a local councillor and the steps they need to take to comply with nomination requirements.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017

Declaration of Office - Chairman

The model declaration of office document for the council Chairman

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Declaration of Office for Members

The model declaration of office document for Councillors

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Chairmanship Skills Training Presentation

This presentation gives an overview of the role a chairman of a council should take.

Fri, 02 Oct 2015

LTN 81 Pre-determination

LTN 81 Pre-determination- August 2014

Decisions made by local authorities and other public bodies which are based on bias or predetermination have always been open to legal challenge by judicial review. There is useful caselaw which gives guidance on how decision-makers such as councillors should avoid bias and predetermination.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014

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

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

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

Predisposition, Predetermination and Bias

Both predetermination and bias have proved to be difficult and controversial issues for many members and monitoring officers. Although they are judgemade, common law issues, and not part of the Code of Conduct, the Standards Board for England has agreed to publish this occasional paper to help clarify the issues.

This easy to access document gives a simple overview as to the issues surrounding predisposition, predetermination and bias

Wed, 01 Aug 2007