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Cornwall Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Cornwall

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County Executive Officer: Sarah Mason
Unit 1, 1 Riverside House
Heron Way Newham, Truro


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PR18-17 Prudential Framework

The Prudential Framework consultation response is NALC's reply following assessment of the consultation document.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018

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

Local Authority Accounts: A guide to your rights

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law.

Fri, 12 May 2017

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

LTN-31 Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972

LTN-31 Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972- March 2017

This LTN sets out the powers of local councils under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 and it has been updated to reflect the change to the relevant amount for calculating s.137 expenditure for 2017/18

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

Letter from Cllr Sue Baxter, Chair of NALC

A letter from Cllr Sue Baxter regarding parish precepts and the Government's challenge to demonstrate restraint when increasing precepts, stressing the importance of communications and engagement with residents and asking for examples of practice.

Fri, 10 Mar 2017

Section 137 Expenditure Limit 2017/18 - L01-17

Information regarding the Section 137 Expenditure limit amounts for the 2017/18 financial year

Tue, 28 Feb 2017

LAIS 1393 - Precept Consultation

An LAIS Briefing paper on government proposals to apply referendum principles to precept increases.

Sat, 01 Oct 2016

Business Rates Appeals PC13-16

The National Association will be responding to the consultation and arguing that parish councils should legally be allowed the retain a flat 5% rate of the National Non Domestic Rate income generated within their parish boundaries within a given financial year – providing these monies are then ploughed back into community projects in their areas.

.The consultation closes on 11 October, 2016.

Please send comments you may have to inform NALC's own response - to chris.borg@nalc.gov.uk by at the latest 17:00 on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016.

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

LAIS 1391 - Public Works Loan Board

An LAIS Briefing paper on government proposals to abolish the PWLB

Mon, 01 Aug 2016

2016-18 National Salary Award E02-16

NALC/SLCC/NJC new pay scales for 2016-17 and 2017-18

Mon, 16 May 2016

LTN-79 Staff Pensions

LTN-79 Staff Pensions- May 2016

The Pensions Act 2008 ("the 2008 act") requires all local councils to enrol "eligible jobholders automatically into a qualifying pensions scheme. This LTN gives guidance on such.

Sun, 01 May 2016

LAIS 1390 - New Governance and Accountability Guide

An LAIS Briefing on the 'Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England, A Practitioners' Guide to Proper Practices to be applied in the preparation of statutory annual accounts and governance statements - March 2016'

Sun, 01 May 2016

Annual Return Form 2016

Every Smaller Authority with an annual turnover of £6.5 million or less must complete an annual return at the end of each financial year.

This is the Annual Return form for the year ended 31st March 2016.

Thu, 31 Mar 2016

SAAA audit FAQ

This document from the SAAA looks at FAQ's relating to the new audit arrangements.

Mon, 01 Feb 2016

SAAA Decision Flow Chart

This document from the SAAA shows a decision flow chart.

Mon, 01 Feb 2016

Smaller Authorities Audit (third comms)

This letter is the third communications received by the SAAA.

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

Section 137 Expenditure 2016/17 LO1-16

Updated information regarding the Section 137 Expenditure limit amounts for 2016/17/

Fri, 01 Jan 2016

LTN-87 Procurement

LTN-87 Procurement- January 2016

In the context of local councils, 'procurement' is the process by which they award contracts to third parties to provide goods, services or to undertake works.

A procurement process is designed to source the most suitable contractors based on the cost and their knowledge, experience, capability and financial standing.

Fri, 01 Jan 2016

Model Financial Regulations

    1. These financial regulations govern the conduct of financial management by the council and may only be amended or varied by resolution of the council. Financial regulations are one of the council's three governing policy documents providing procedural guidance for members and officers. Financial regulations must be observed in conjunction with the council's standing orders[1] and any individual financial regulations relating to contracts.

Fri, 01 Jan 2016

Standing Orders and Financial Regulations Update L05-15

The NALC publication 'Local Councils Explained' includes a set of model Standing Orders for councils.

Changes in legislation governing contracts mean that model standing order 18 a(v),18c and 18f now need to be amended and this briefing note sets out the position.

Sat, 01 Aug 2015

Public Contracts Regulations 2015 LO5-15

Public Contracts Regulation 2015- Impact on the standing orders and financial regulations adopted by councils.

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

A Guide to Understanding Procurement

In order to ensure the best use of public money we need to be smarter in how we procure the things we need. Where another public body has a contract we can use, it meets our requirements and offers value for money we should use it. Where there is none then we may need professional advice on how to let our own.

This toolkit is designed to give general advice and provides signposts to other public buying organisations who have contracts we can use and bodies that can provide professional procurement services and tendering support.

A simple checklist highlights the common issues and pitfalls we need to address and there is also advice on preparing specifications and complying with legislation.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015

The Accounts and Audits Regulations 2015

Accounts and Audits Regulations 2015 document (Statutory Instrument)

Wed, 01 Apr 2015

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

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

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

Retirement Gratuities LTN-34

Retirement Gratuities and Local Councils

Tue, 01 May 2012

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

'The Audit Commission Act 1998 as amended, the Accounts & Audit (England) Regulations 2011, and the Code of Audit Practice require that:

1. As soon as reasonably possible after the conclusion of an audit, and in any event before 30th September immediately following the end of a year, a council shall display a Notice stating that it has published the requisite information and shall keep copies of the information available for purchase by any person on payment of a reasonable sum.'

Fri, 01 Apr 2011

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