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A Councillor - Who Me?

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

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

'Call to Action' - Plunkett Foundation

This document aims to raise awareness within Town and Parish Councils across the UK of the potential for community co-operatives to address problems local communities are facing and the support available from the Plunkett Foundation.

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 for Members

The model declaration of office document for Councillors

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Declaration of Office - Chairman

The model declaration of office document for the council Chairman

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Community-led Housing - Guidance

Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving local housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.

This guidance has been prepared by the community-led housing sector for officers and elected members, particularly in relation to the Community Housing Fund initiative announced by the DCLG

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

Allotments - Top 10 tips

A useful short article about management of allotments and how time can be saved and many of the challenges met by having robust policies and procedures in place.

Tue, 13 Dec 2016

Pre-Application Protocol

This protocol explains how your council will engage in pre-application and clarifies the potential danger areas which should be avoided under the Code of Conduct.

Thu, 10 Nov 2016

Pre-Application Agreement

This document outlines the roles of each of the parties involved in the planning process. If a parish chooses to adopt this agreement, it will define your council's role and your requirements of the applicant. It also defines the role of the planning authority in supporting you through this process

Thu, 10 Nov 2016

Recreational spaces - Top 10 tips

An article setting out the 'must-knows' for local councils when protecting and promoting outdoor spaces for sports and leisure.

Thu, 15 Sep 2016

Recreational use of Council Land

An interesting 'Legal Surgery' article from the LCR Magazine (Autumn 2016)

Wed, 14 Sep 2016

Transparency Code (Larger councils)

This is the Transparency Code that applies to a parish council which has gross annual income or expenditure (whichever is the higher) exceeding £200,000.

The Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities has previously been issued as a separate document and can be found below.

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

Litter and Flytipping

For many people, litter is the most important issue on the local environmental agenda. And rightly so. Figures show that this is a widespread and growing problem.

But, what is litter and fly-tipping, and who is responsible for clearing it up? And what can your parish do to help influence and improve the quality of your local environment?

Fri, 01 Jul 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

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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

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 General Power of Competence

Local councils in England were given a 'general power of competence' (GPC) in the Localism Act 2011, sections 1 to 8. This paper explains the freedom granted by the general power, the criteria to be met before a local council can use it and some restrictions on using the power.It notes the CiLCA questions and pass criteria (see also the Portfolio Guide 2012) and some useful weblinks.The power does not apply to parish meetings or to local authorities in Wales.

Thu, 01 Jan 2015

Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

1. This Code is issued to meet the Government's desire to place more power into citizens' hands to increase democratic accountability. Transparency gives local people the tools and information they need to hold local public bodies to account.

2. The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit. In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code. This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities' accounts and governance.

3. The Government considers that publication of the items in this Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Most of this information is already produced by the majority of smaller authorities with a turnover not exceeding £25,000, and the Government therefore considers that compliance

Mon, 01 Dec 2014

Open and Accountable: A Guide

Government is currently implementing increasing transparency and scrutiny requirements. The most high profile change is the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 which came into effect in August 2014 and brought in the public right to report from local council (and principal local authority) meetings.

The law gives the public and press the right to report, which includes filming, blogging, photographing and use of social media at council meetings (including committees), in most circumstances, although not for legitimately confidential items. Councillors can also report from the meetings but must take care not to disrupt the meeting and in the interests of natural justice, should still be listening to and participating in the debate so that they can make informed decisions.

Whatever form of reporting is used, editing and re-use (retweeting, republication etc) of the result is readily possible. However, councils will be aware that reports from meetings in written form including tweeting and blogging have been fairly commonplace for some time. Covert filming and audio recording have not been unknown either. Now, the difference is that such reporting activities will usually be conducted overtly and councils will be preparing themselves properly for facilitating and managing this reporting, in anticipation that the likelihood of reporting has risen.

Mon, 01 Dec 2014

Using Social Media at Council meeting: Guidelines

The right to record, film and to broadcast meetings of the Council, Committees and Sub Committees is established following the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014. This is in addition to the rights of the press and public to attend such meetings.

1. The Council will make the Council chamber available to the public 15 minutes before and after meetings for the setting up and removal of any filming equipment.

2. Members of the public are permitted to film or record meetings to which they are permitted access, in a non-disruptive manner and only from public areas.

3. Meetings or parts of meetings from which the press and public are excluded may not befilmed or recorded.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

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

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

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).

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

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

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

Allotment Tenancy Agreement Template

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

Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Openness and transparency on personal interests

This guide on personal interests gives basic practical information about how to be open and transparent about your personal interests. It is designed to help councillors, including parish councillors, now that new standards arrangements have been introduced by the Localism Act 2011

The national rules require your council's code of conduct to comply with the Seven Principles of Public Life, and to set out how, in conformity with the rules, you will have to disclose and register your pecuniary and your other interests. Within these rules it is for your council to decide what its code of conduct says.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012

Return to Work Form

To accompany absence management, this return to work form assists with any return to work discussion.

Sat, 01 Sep 2012