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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

RSPB Briefing Statement on Urban Gulls for Local Authorities

The RSPB recognises that the presence of gulls in some urban areas may result in some conflicts with people, eg, some adult birds `dive-bombing' people or pets when they feel their young are threatened or gulls breaking open plastic rubbish bags in a search for food. We believe that gull problems in an urban environment are best tackled by reducing the availability of food and nest sites because, if the features that attract gulls remain, any`vacancies' created by controlling existing gulls will simply be filled by other gulls moving in.

Sun, 01 May 2016

Tags: Report

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 1388 - Housing & Planning Changes

An LAIS Briefing paper on the provisions of the Housing and Planning Bill

Fri, 01 Apr 2016

The Transparency Fund 2016-17 FAQ

While all Smaller Authorities should comply with the Transparency Code, we recognise that access to funding will be required by some Smaller Authorities to fully meet the Transparency requirements.

It is important that any delivery of funds is done on a local basis and meets specific local needs and is targeted at compliance with the Smaller Authorities Transparency Code

Fri, 01 Apr 2016

CALC 2016 Annual Report

This is the CALC Annual report as presented to members at the 2016 AGM.

Thu, 10 Mar 2016

Tags: Report

Planning Partnership Newsletter item

This Newsletter item has been provided by David Edmondson who wrote a newsletter piece for the Town and Parish Newsletter.

Tue, 01 Mar 2016

Tags: Planning

SAAA Decision Flow Chart

This document from the SAAA shows a decision flow chart.

Mon, 01 Feb 2016

SAAA audit FAQ

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

Mon, 01 Feb 2016

Smaller Authorities Audit (third comms)

This letter is the third communications received by the SAAA.

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

Planning Partnership: Consultation on the Proposed Changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

The Localism Act 2011 created the opportunity for local communities to develop Neighbourhood Plans, giving consideration to local housing need, land allocation and sustainable development to address long term community need. Having been through a rigorous process including a local referendum, these plans become supplementary planning guidance and carry significant weight in the development process. It provides a bottom up approach to local development and takes account of national planning policy, encouraging developers and communities to work together to provide locally focussed and sustainable developments.

The Partnership is alarmed that the proposed changes to the NPPF not only negate the localism principles but prescribe a system which prevents ocal circumstances from shaping the criteria for development.

Mon, 18 Jan 2016

Tags: Planning

LCAS Guide 2016

This is the LCAS guide, detailing prices, and information about the different levels of award you can apply for.

Fri, 01 Jan 2016

A Guide for Communicating during Extreme Weather

Welcome to this good practice guide for councils communicating during periods of extreme weather. We have produced this in response to councils asking us for examples of good practice, how to develop a communications strategy and where they can go for further help and support.

Even the very best reputations can be damaged by single incidents and the impact of extreme weather on local communities can shape views about councils and their partners.

This guide is designed to help you develop a council-wide communications strategy to help your council prepare for, and react to, extreme weather and to ensure that you are able to communicate effectively with your residents.

Sun, 01 Nov 2015

ICO Model Publication Scheme

Published by the Information Commissioner's Office, this publication scheme commits an authority to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities.

Additional assistance is provided to the definition of these classes in sector specific guidance manuals issued by the Information Commissioner.

Fri, 23 Oct 2015

Chairmanship Skills Training Presentation

This presentation gives an overview of the role of a Council chairman.

Fri, 02 Oct 2015

LCAS Application Checklist

This document is a resource for Local Councils taking part in the Local Council Award Scheme

My council has not registered to take part in the scheme – this document is a useful tool to map where you do meet the criteria, and to help you see what work would need to take place before you apply

My council has the relevant criteria in place and has already registered with NALC – you can complete this document and submit it to your local accreditation panel. This will help them find the necessary information and make sure they don't miss any details by mistake.

Fri, 18 Sep 2015

Issuing Council documents by email and publishing online

Until April 2015, the legislation covering the issuing of the summons and papers for a council meeting did not permit the use of emails. Although many councils used email practically the legislation did not permit this.

The Local Government (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2015 has amended the legislation and now permits the use of email for sending the summons, agenda and other papers provided that the member has given their consent.

This FAQ Sheet, runs through these issues and also looks at how the Transparency Code (2015) will play a role in the online publishing of information.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015

Statement of Safety Policy

The Council recognises that employees, elected
members and volunteers, will from time to time drive as a part of their work or engagement with the Council. Driving, by its very nature, exposes these individuals and others to the risk of minor or major injury and possible fatality. The Council will endeavour to ensure that all individuals who drive
as part of their duties do so in a competent, legally compliant and considerate manner to minimise any potential for injury, loss or damage.

This document provides a note of the Council's responsibilities to both monitor and review their safety at work policies, in relation to safe driving.

Sat, 01 Aug 2015