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tagged "Parish Council Guide/Toolkit"

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Calendar of the Clerk

Brief guide to the work of the Clerk during the year.

Wed, 05 Jan 2022

Website Accessibility and Publishing Guidelines

The guide aims to help local (parish, town and community) councils ensure their websites meet the needs of all users — especially those with disabilities or impairments that use assistive technology.

Tue, 19 Oct 2021

Elections FAQs

Important information and Frequently Asked Questions for all member Parish/Town Councillors and Clerks of Councils that have recently held elections and what to do just after they are over...

Thu, 04 Mar 2021

CiLCA Portfolio Guide

Certificate in Local Council Administration portfolio of evidence guide

Wed, 06 Jan 2021

Open and Accountable Guide

A Guide for Local Councils
Managing Public & Press Reporting at Meetings

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

Casual Vacancy Guide

Parish Council Guide for dealing with casual vacancies, either by by-election or co-option

Thu, 26 Nov 2020

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.

Parishes should make sure they also consider more formal advice as set out in NALC's Legal Topic Notes (including LTN 35, Local Council's Explained, model standing order and financial regulations and JPAGs Practitioners Guide)."

Jonathan Owen
Chief Executive, NALC

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

Sustainable Communities Act Toolkit

The Sustainable Communities Act 2007 (SCA) is being used by local (parish and town) councils to inspire their communities to agree with them new and innovative ways of improving their area or become involved in Big Society projects.

Tue, 29 Sep 2020

General Data Protection Regulations Toolkit

The General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") will take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection regarding how their personal data is used by councils. Local councils and parish meetings must comply with its requirements, just like any other organisation.

Sat, 08 Aug 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

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

Risk Assessment for COVID 19 play areas and outside gyms - amendable

BHIB Councils Insurance amendable generic risk assessment for COVID-19.

Tue, 14 Jul 2020

Risk Assessment for COVID 19

NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance have produced a new guide on risk assessment for COVID-19.

The guide features guidance and information to help make risk assessments and directs to useful resources from the government and the Health and Safety Executive, with specific details on how to adapt your risk assessments for COVID-19. The guide also contains two templates designed especially for local (parish and town) councils that will help start risk assessments.

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

Website Content Accessibility requirements

The publication provides practical steps that local (parish, town and community) councils can follow to understand the new regulations, put in place an accessibility statement, and start plans to improve the accessibility of their website.

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

Example Protocol for Filming & Recording of Meetings

The right to photograph, film, audio-record, and broadcast public meetings of the council, committees, sub committees, working parties and other public meetings is established following the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

The Good Councillor's Guide to Finance and Transparency

This guide is designed specifically to help parish and town councillors support their communities and council in understanding their obligations and commitments with public money – both generally and under Transparency Code requirements – as well as sharing good practice in thes

Mon, 10 Jun 2019