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NALC Legal Update April 2022

NALC Legal Update – April 2022

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee – gifting mugs to residents?
  • New Bill – Councillor disqualification for sexual offences
  • Red diesel post-April 2022

Tue, 03 May 2022

Amendable Model Standing Orders

Electronic version of amendable Model Standing Orders for Local Councils

Tue, 03 May 2022

Civility and Respect Newsletter

Newsletter for all councils, councillors, and staff

Throughout our sector, there are growing concerns about the impact bullying, harassment and intimidation is having on our councils, councillors and staff and the resulting effectiveness of local councils. In response, this Civility and Respect Project has been founded by the Civility and Respect Working Group and is supported by representatives from across our sector including Councils, County Associations, NALC, SLCC and One Voice Wales.

The primary aim of the project is to coordinate a programme of work designed to promote civility and respect in public life, including good governance, positive debate and to support the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff.

The February newsletter includes updates on:

  • Civility and Respect Project progress
  • Code of Conduct
  • Early day motion for sanctions
  • Definition of civility
  • Handling online abuse
  • Social media rules of engagement'

Regular project updates will be available on HAPTC's website, tweets and bulletin.

Fri, 11 Feb 2022

What does each tier of Local Government have responsibility for?

If your Parish, Town or Community Council covers any other areas of activity, please let us know so we can add to the list!

Thu, 12 Aug 2021

Why should I become a councillor

This document explains why you should become a councillor and what's in it for your community.

Sun, 28 Mar 2021

Terms of Reference - Planning

The purpose of this committee is to take overall responsibility for designated areas of council business. These areas may be modified from time to time by a meeting of the Full Council.

Thu, 25 Mar 2021

Role of the Personnel Committee

Role of the personnel committee.

Mon, 15 Mar 2021

Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Declaration of Acceptance of Office model document.

Thu, 11 Mar 2021

Glossary of Local Government Terms

Glossary of some local government terms.

Mon, 01 Mar 2021

Whether to Declare Members Interests

A tool to help members decide if there is an interest that needs to be declared.

Wed, 24 Feb 2021

Practical guidance on declaring interests and dispensations at a council meeting

We are aware that this aspect of the Code of Conduct is causing great concern to our councils so we have worked in partnership with Hoey Ainscough Associates Ltd and are the first County Association in the country to have produced such a practical guidance note for members.

It includes a model agenda item, when declarations of interest are required, examples of interests relating to Part B, a generic application form for dispensation by members.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021

Elections Guide

Elections Guide

Fri, 04 Dec 2020

Audit of Councillors Skills and Knowledge

Identifying your Councillors' development needs

Wed, 02 Dec 2020

Committee Requirements

Meetings of Council, Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups – Requirements

Mon, 30 Nov 2020

Terms of Reference - Amenities Committee

The purpose of this committee is to take overall responsibility for designated areas of council business. These areas may be modified from time to time by a meeting of the Full Council.

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

Parish Council Spending Powers

Parish council legislation. The powers available to Parish and Town Councils.

Sat, 14 Nov 2020

Auto-Enrolment (Pensions)

Essential information for Councillors, Local Councils and Clerks

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties. Staff that meet certain criteria must be put into a pension scheme and the employer (and employee) must make contributions into the scheme, unless the employee opts out. This is called automatic enrolment.

Tue, 10 Nov 2020

Responsibilities for Clearing Snow and Ice on Highways

In winter, snow and ice may make roads and pavements unsafe for traffic and pedestrians respectively.

Bad winters have prompted some parish councils in England and community councils to ask about responsibilities for keeping highways clear and if they have statutory powers to assist in clearing snow and ice.

Tue, 27 Oct 2020

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014

Guidance for councils on reporting parish council meetings and recording decision making - The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.

Access to Parish Council meetings.

link to website

Sat, 08 Aug 2020

Role of a Councillor

Title: Councillor

Sat, 08 Aug 2020

Developing your skills as a Councillor

New responsibilities can be both an exciting and daunting prospect. It is important that you feel welcome, valued and part of the council as soon as possible.

Sun, 02 Aug 2020

Job Description Parish Councillor

This is a model document that you can use to produce your parish councillor job descriptions.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Why become a parish councillor

This document explains everything that you need to know about becoming a parish councillor.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Guidance for members and officers on publicity in the pre-election period

This note has been prepared to provide guidance to Members and Officers and to have regard to the National Code of Practice published under the Local Government Act 1986. The note focuses in particular on publicity in the pre-election period. Purdah

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

How to become a councillor

This document provides the information you need to become a councillor.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Checklist of considerations for holding meetings in person following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Face-to-face meetings

Both NALC and SLCC still strongly advise local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face-to-face contact. If your council wishes to consider returning to face-to-face meetings this checklist is designed to help ensure this decision is made in accordance with relevant regulations and requirements.

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

NALC Guidance on holding remote meetings (temporary regulations April 2020)

On 4 April 2020, the Government brought The Local Authorities (Coronavirus)
(Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 into force to
allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely.

This guide has been produced by NALC to support local (Parish, Town and Community) Councils to be able to conduct their meetings in a new way.

Should be read in conjunction with:
Legal Briefing: Temporary Regulations April 2020

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

Briefing: 2020 Regulations temporarily enabling Local Councils to hold meetings remotely

Summary of the regulations and what they mean for local councils. Should be read in conjunction with NALC Guidance on holding remote meetings:
Holding remote meetings temporary arrangement April 2020

Wed, 08 Apr 2020

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