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The Society responds to consultations as a national body but individual members are also encouraged to submit their own views or those of their councils.  Current consultations are listed below:


Closing Date / Response

Councils to be banned from charging for Parkruns
Councils could be legally banned from charging runners who take part in so-called “Parkruns”. It comes after a parish council was criticised for charging organisers of a parkrun for "wear and tear". A new Government consultation document states: “It is appropriate for the public to pay a reasonable sum for the use of a facility [in parks]… or special events… that generate a profit. However, the government does not consider it appropriate for a local authority to charge a volunteer community seeking to provide a free weekly event for the use of a public park, overturning our long standing convention of free access to parks for their everyday use.” The consultation is also examining whether councils will be allowed to charge professional dog walkers and personal trainers to use public parks.

Click here to read more on the Government website.

The consultation runs until 5th July. SLCC will be responding and we will be pleased to take into account any views members have on the subject. Please advise Gemma Rickard on
[email protected] before 28th June.

28th June 2017

Referendum Principles for English Parishes
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently published the Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation which includes proposals regarding council tax referendum principles for local parish and town councils.

There are two important parts of the consultation affecting local councils: firstly the government is minded to extend referendum principles to a number of larger, higher spending local councils; secondly the paper states the government is aware that increases in precepts continue to concern local tax payers and is therefore prepared to consider extending referendums to ALL parishes.

It goes without saying this is a significant threat of council tax referenda principles being extended to our sector, hence the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) are working closely together on this important issue. It is in this spirit of co-operation that we are writing jointly to you asking you to help and support our advocacy as we cannot emphasise enough how vital it will be for councils, county associations and branches to play their part in our collective campaigning effort.

Click here to read more.

Click here to view SLCC's response.























































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