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The Big Lunch 2017: 9.3 Million people celebrate community

Published: 23rd August 2017

The Eden Project, which manages the annual 'Big Lunch' celebration has announced that this year, 9.3 million people across the UK came tog...

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Nominate your colleagues for a Society Award

Published: 21st August 2017

The presentation of your Society’s annual awards is a much anticipated start to your National Conference in October each year. This year the numb...

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Only one in four top Welsh council posts held by women

Published: 14th August 2017

Women hold just one in four top elected positions in Welsh principal councils, new figures have revealed. About 26% of cabinet positions in local a...

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Win up to £40k matched funding for your dream playground or fitness area

Published: 11th August 2017

KOMPAN have just launched their annual matched funding competition for new play or fitness equipment. This year KOMPAN are offering the opportunity...

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Parish councils should have control over new housing, argues think tank

Published: 11th August 2017

Up to five million new homes could be built if people in individual streets were given control over planning permission and if parish councils coul...

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Peterborough Training Seminar: last few places

Published: 10th August 2017

SLCC’s Eastern Regional Training Seminar to be held at Peterborough on 6th September looks set to be the latest in this year’s series to attrac...

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Closing roads for play makes 'sense for public health'

Published: 7th August 2017

Closing roads to allow children to play in the street can help make them five times more active, a new report has revealed. An evaluation of Pl...

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SLCC helps promote table tennis

Published: 1st August 2017

SLCC has teamed up with Table Tennis England to promote a new project called ‘Loop in the Community’ which is designed to help bring the member...

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Highway Authorities warned about danger of overgrown verges

Published: 24th July 2017

Councils have been urged not to reduce the number of times verges are trimmed, after a new poll found two-fifths of drivers reported problems with ...

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Government announces multi-million pound tree planting fund

Published: 24th July 2017

The Government has made a £13m fund available to help councils and landowners plant more trees and reduce the flood risk to communities. The ...

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Rural county councils want tax raising powers

Published: 19th July 2017

Following the Prime Minister’s decision to provide Northern Ireland with an extra £1bn, the County Councils Network, which represents 37 rural a...

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Community Centre Week 19 - 25 July

Published: 18th July 2017

Love your local community centre? Community Centre Week 2017 is back this week! Join in celebrating the invaluable work they do in communities an...

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Community assets survey

Published: 18th July 2017

Has a community group taken over a local asset in your area? Collaborate CIC and Big Lottery Fund want to hear from you about your funding jour...

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Weston Museum to open after major refurbishment

Published: 17th July 2017

Following a two-year major refurbishment Weston Museum is set for a Grand Opening on Saturday 26th August after the £1.6 million Heritage Lottery ...

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Sexism and discrimination widespread in local government: new report claims

Published: 13th July 2017

Principal councils in England and Wales are male dominated, with women and ethnic minorities under-represented according to a report by the Fawcett...

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Inspirational Sarah completes 100 km “ultra run”

Published: 12th July 2017

Many congratulations to SLCC Advisor & Induction Support Officer, Sarah Jeffries, who last weekend completed the Cotswold Way Challenge, a 100km ru...

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St Ives Neighbourhood Plan wins top award

Published: 11th July 2017

Congratulations to St Ives Town Council whose Neighbourhood Plan was awarded the Neighbourhood Planning Award at this year's Planning Awards 20...

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Ordnance Survey releases open dataset and free map of Britain’s Greenspaces

Published: 11th July 2017

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched today, with the release of a new database and in...

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Parks risk falling further into neglect

Published: 11th July 2017

Researchers for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have warned that Britain’s parks are at risk of falling into further neglect unless the Governmen...

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Lord Best calls for 50 new garden villages

Published: 6th July 2017

Lord Best, crossbench chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on housing and care for older people, has called for the creation of 50 new gar...

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No libraries or streetlights left in Britain by 2020 warns LGA chief

Published: 6th July 2017

Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Gary Porter, has claimed there will be no streetlights or libraries left in Britain...

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Sell out event smashes another attendance target

Published: 6th July 2017

Over 75 delegates have booked for SLCC’s joint conference with One Voice Wales in Village St David’s at Ewloe on 12th July, smashing the attend...

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CiLCA 2013 comes to a close after awarding 2378 certificates

Published: 3rd July 2017

The 2013 version of the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA), the statutory qualification for local council clerks, has now closed a...

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Weymouth town council proposed if county merges

Published: 30th June 2017

Weymouth in Dorset, with a population of over 52,000 could get a new town council if plans to merge the county's nine local authorities go ahea...

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Ripon to recruit ‘hornblower’

Published: 29th June 2017

Ripon City Council is to recruit a new hornblower with the main responsibilities being "to sound the horn at 9pm in the market square... provide a ...

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Review of the future of the community council sector in Wales - panel membership

Published: 28th June 2017

Following the earlier decision of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government to commission a comprehensive review of the future of the ...

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Public Sector Pay freeze to end?

Published: 28th June 2017

A Labour proposal to lift the cap on public sector pay that has frozen salaries below inflation for seven years was defeated by 14 votes in the Hou...

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Your digital, July edition of The Clerk is out now!

Published: 27th June 2017

Your July 2017 edition of The Clerk magazine is now in the members’ area of the website and is packed with advice, information and fascinating ca...

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Queens Speech

Published: 22nd June 2017

The Local Government Information Unit has issued a response to yesterday’s Queen's Speech which reads: “For local government this is a Quee...

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Mary Holman BEM

Published: 20th June 2017

SLCC is delighted to congratulate Mary Holman, the recently retired Clerk to Ditchling PC in Sussex,  on her richly deserved award of the British ...

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Public Sector 1% Pay Cap to end?

Published: 16th June 2017

Senior Ministers have suggested that the current 1% public sector pay cap, currently due to continue until 2019, could be lifted. Health Secretar...

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Leadership in Action a hit with attendees

Published: 16th June 2017

Last week’s Leadership in Action conference was a huge hit with those attending who have given the event a 97% satisfaction rating. 62% found the...

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County Council recommended to create new town council for Durham

Published: 16th June 2017

Durham County Council is being recommended by officers next week to move to the next stage of the creation of a new authority for Durham City. ...

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Five SLCC Members awarded Degrees with Honours

Published: 15th June 2017

SLCC is delighted to congratulate five of its members who have been awarded BSc (Hons) in Applied Social Sciences by the University of Gloucestersh...

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Unions call for pay rise for council workers

Published: 15th June 2017

Unison, Unite and the GMB are demanding a 5% pay increase for 1.6m local government workers. The unions said the claim follows eight years of gover...

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Affordable housing levels in rural areas halved in past 5 years

Published: 12th June 2017

The level of affordable housing provision by rural councils has halved in the past five years, according to a new study by the Campaign to Protect ...

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Sajid Javid has been re-appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by the Prime Minister

Published: 12th June 2017

In her post-election cabinet reshuffle, Theresa May also appointed former housing minister Gavin Barwell as her new chief of staff. The former Croy...

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Local government pension assets in 'good health'

Published: 5th June 2017

LocalGov reports that the asset side of local government pension schemes’ (LGPS) balance sheet is in good health, according to the latest perform...

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Town Council elects Britain's oldest mayor

Published: 5th June 2017

BBC Wales reports that Phyllis Roberts has become Britain's oldest mayor at the age of 93. It is the second time the Blaenavon town councillor ...

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Tory candidate calls for Wakefield to have its own council

Published: 30th May 2017

The Yorkshire Post reports that Antony Calvert, a Conservative candidate hoping to represent Wakefield, has said that the city needs its own counci...

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General Election Manifestos: Employment Law Summary

Published: 24th May 2017

Head of Advisory Service, Lis Moore, has provided the following summary of the employment law content from the manifestos of the main political par...

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Kathryn is the new IIMC Director for Region XI

Published: 24th May 2017

Many congratulations to Kathryn Richmond, the Town Clerk of Waltham Abbey Town Council in Essex, who has been elected as a Director of the Internat...

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CiLCA goes online!

Published: 23rd May 2017

We are delighted to announce that your Society is now offering online registrations for CiLCA applications. Potential students can register online ...

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What do the General Election manifestos mean for local government?

Published: 19th May 2017

In the build up to the General Election, the major political parties have been unveiling their pledges as manifestos are published for the critical...

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Council pension deficit falls by £9.2bn since 2013

Published: 17th May 2017

LocalGov reports that the funding deficit of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has fallen to £37bn from £46.8bn in three years, accordin...

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Weed killer ban could add £230m to council tax bills

Published: 15th May 2017

A ban by some principal councils on the use of chemical-based weed killers in public places could cost the tax payer nearly £230m, new figures rev...

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Thousands of council staff consulted over pay

Published: 15th May 2017

Hundreds of thousands of local government workers are being consulted by their unions on the latest pay claim. Members of trade unions are bei...

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Extension of the right to inspect accounting records

Published: 11th May 2017

RFOs will be aware that for many years 'persons interested' have had a right to inspect accounting records, including 'all books, deeds...

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

Published: 3rd May 2017

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was among a group of 22 bills to receive Royal Assent ahead of the dissolution of Parliament late last week. T...

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Are you ready for the new Data Protection duties? Join our webinars and be prepared

Published: 26th April 2017

A new Data Protection General Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May next year (2018). The Information Commissioners Office has published advice...

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Robert joins your employment advice team

Published: 25th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that Robert Foulke has joined your Society in the role of Assistant Employment Advisor.  Robert will be working close...

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Steve to continue to provide your Society with expert VAT advice

Published: 24th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that, following Steve Parkinson’s departure from the direct employment of the Society last month, we have just signe...

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Training Bursaries announced for Wales Clerks

Published: 19th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Welsh Government is again generously providing financial support to enable the training and education of cler...

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Leadership in Action and General Election

Published: 19th April 2017

A General Election has been called for 8th June which is the second day of our Leadership in Action conference being held on 7th and 8th June. SLCC...

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Councils to be banned from charging for Parkruns

Published: 18th April 2017

Councils could be legally banned from charging runners who take part in so-called “Parkruns”. It comes after a parish council was criticised fo...

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Parish councils: an unlikely urban safety net

Published: 18th April 2017

Writing in the Guardian, Susanna Rustin, the Chair of Queens Park Community Council, London’s only parish council, advocates that setting up an u...

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Cash reserves unable to meet cost of Wales mergers, warns CIPFA

Published: 18th April 2017

Principal councils will be unable to cover the costs of voluntary mergers in Wales using their reserves, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance ...

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Your digital, May edition of The Clerk is out now!

Published: 18th April 2017

The May 2017 edition of The Clerk magazine is now in the members’ area of the website.   The new edition has a special feature on ‘Innovat...

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Leadership in Action: Final Sessions announced

Published: 13th April 2017

We are delighted to confirm details of two interactive panel sessions at the Leadership in Action conference on 7th and 8th June covering two key t...

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Litter problem needs community appeal

Published: 10th April 2017

Most newspapers this morning report that Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced plans to tackle the UK’s £800m litter problem includ...

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West Berks towns and parishes encouraged to help themselves

Published: 7th April 2017

Loans available in exchange for taking on additional services West Berkshire Council is urging town and parish councils to become more involve...

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Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England 2017 Edition

Published: 4th April 2017

On 27 February 2017, the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG) approved some modest amendments to the wording of Governance and Accountability....

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Locality launches Commission on the Future of Localism

Published: 31st March 2017

In partnership with Power to Change, Locality is launching a new Commission on the Future of Localism to uncover what is needed to reinvigorate lo...

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SLCC Management Team Restructure

Published: 31st March 2017

As SLCC grows and develops as a professional body, it is vital that its structure reflects its purpose and objectives. With this in mind, we are ma...

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Libraries: alternative delivery models toolkit

Published: 29th March 2017

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published a toolkit to support library service managers, council commissioners and transformation te...

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Business rates plans add risk to principal council budgets

Published: 29th March 2017

The National Audit Office has urged caution in devolving business rate powers to local authorities citing fears rushing plans could lead to risks o...

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Europe urges protection for Cornish

Published: 23rd March 2017

The Council of Europe has published a report which criticises the UK Government for neglecting the Cornish community. The 50-page study into the "p...

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Take part in the Great Big Walk 2017

Published: 23rd March 2017

Many communities across England and Wales will be supporting the Big Lunch on 18th June but this year the national organisers invite you to join th...

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Small town England must have ‘radical powers’ to make Brexit a success, says think tank

Published: 23rd March 2017

Whitehall must grant small town England ‘radical new powers’ to revive moribund local economies if the country is to make a success of Brexit, ...

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Durham residents support creation of new town council

Published: 22nd March 2017

People in Durham have voted in favour of creating a new parish council for the city.   Durham County Council said 66% of respondents to a ...

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Landmark 6,000 of community rights reached in Communities Week

Published: 22nd March 2017

To mark Communities Week, the Department of Communities and Local Government has announced that over 6,000 uses have been made of community rights,...

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Planning for Dementia

Published: 22nd March 2017

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has published a recent advice note “Dementia and Town Planning - Creating better environments for people...

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Fracking Explained

Published: 22nd March 2017

Applications for shale gas extraction (usually called “fracking”) have become one of the most emotive and controversial planning applications t...

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Changes to auto-enrolment thresholds

Published: 17th March 2017

Some auto-enrolment thresholds are changing as from 6 April 2017. However the 'earnings trigger for automatic enrolment', the salary level ...

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A Guide to Crowdfunding for Councils

Published: 17th March 2017

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), in partnership with Spacehive, has released a practical guide designed to help officers and councillo...

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NABMA/SLCC Local Council Markets Seminar

Published: 16th March 2017

NABMA/SLCC are again delighted to be collaborating on the promotion of a Local Council Markets Seminar on Friday 30th June 2017. Any local council ...

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Changes to support for groups preparing Neighbourhood Plans

Published: 8th March 2017

Locality have announced two updates to the funding for the Neighbourhood Planning programme: •    Modifying your plan after it has come i...

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Reminder to book for "Broadening Your Horizons - a European Perspective"

Published: 7th March 2017

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks is holding its second European Symposium which provides an opportunity to meet with and learn from ...

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Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Published: 3rd March 2017

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on ...

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Your digital, March edition of The Clerk is out now!

Published: 3rd March 2017

The digital version of the March 2017 The Clerk magazine is now in the members area of the website.   The special feature in this edition ...

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Housing White Paper: Fixing Our Housing Market: Consultation

Published: 2nd March 2017

The SLCC will be responding to the Government’s consultation on the Housing White Paper:  Fixing Our Housing Market,  This is an important poli...

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Government gives commitment to Community Infrastructure Levy neighbourhood payment mechanism

Published: 2nd March 2017

Speaking in the House of Commons recently, Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said: "When it comes to the ...

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Parliamentary Boundary Review. Public Responses

Published: 28th February 2017

Boundary Commission for England has received nearly 20,000 responses to its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. The next stage of th...

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The Big Lunch launches a weekend of community celebrations

Published: 27th February 2017

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and Jamie Oliver have launched The Great Get-Together: a weekend of celebrations culminating in The Big Lunch on Sunda...

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S137 Expenditure: Limit for 2017/18

Published: 27th February 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local...

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Government promises ‘fairer’ business rates system

Published: 24th February 2017

The Government has promised measures in the Budget for firms facing the "steepest increases" in business rates. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid t...

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BBC announces parish council tax bills “to rise despite squeeze”

Published: 24th February 2017

Using statistics relating to the current year’s precepts and comparisons with previous years, the BBC is running a story about anticipated Englis...

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NALC publishes a devolution toolkit

Published: 24th February 2017

NALC has published its own guide to help local councils through the complexities of devolution. It is called the Devo Plus toolkit and promotes onw...

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Develop your local council management skills

Published: 22nd February 2017

Our Leadership in Action Conference at Stratford-upon-Avon on 7th and 8th June offers two days of intense management training on current issues inc...

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2018 Parliamentary Constituencies Boundary Review: Next Stage

Published: 15th February 2017

Last year, the Boundary Commission for England published and consulted on its initial proposals for new constituency boundaries. Nearly 20,000 resp...

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Community Governance gains external approval

Published: 13th February 2017

The Society’s higher education course, Community Governance, has received a glowing report from its External Examiner, Professor Gary Craig, who ...

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Funding cuts leading to neglected public parks

Published: 13th February 2017

A report by the parliamentary Communities and Local Government committee has warned that principal council budgets to maintain public parks were be...

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Funding for War Memorial Conservation and Protection

Published: 13th February 2017

Marking the centenary of the First World War, an extra £2 million is available to support local communities repair and conserve their war memorial...

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MPs Briefing on Unsafe Memorial in Cemeteries

Published: 13th February 2017

The House of Commons Library research service has recently provided a helpful briefing paper on unsafe memorials in cemeteries in England and Wales...

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Loophole may see more green belt homes

Published: 13th February 2017

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) reports that the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned that loopholes in the Government&...

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CiLCA portfolio tool EMMA launches for students in Wales

Published: 9th February 2017

We are delighted to announce that EMMA, the new online portfolio tool for CiLCA 2015, is now available for students in Wales. The new online t...

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PGCAP success for Community Governance!

Published: 9th February 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dominic Stapleton, SLCC Assistant Course Leader for Community Governance and Linda Roberts, Community Governance ...

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Falmouth Town Crier up for England’s Tourism Superstar 2017

Published: 8th February 2017

Falmouth Town Crier, Gemma Garwood, who at 32 is currently the youngest Town Crier in the UK, has reached the finals of VisitEngland’s Tourism Su...

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Government publishes ‘White Paper to fix ‘broken’ housing market

Published: 8th February 2017

The Government has introduced ‘bold’ new plans to ‘fix the broken housing market’ and build more homes across England.   The Housi...

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Salisbury Charter Market Awarded Best Large Community Market 2017

Published: 8th February 2017

Salisbury City Council is delighted to announce that Salisbury Charter Market has won the prestigious Best Large Community Market 2017 at The Great...

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Financial management and governance in community councils

Published: 8th February 2017

27 Feb 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Webinar - The Good Practice Exchange/ Y Gyfnewidfa Arfer Da The Wales Audit Office recently published a report...

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Neighbourhood Plans: new Social Survey toolkit

Published: 4th February 2017

Locality has produced a new toolkit aimed at helping parish councils and other community groups undertaking a survey.  It looks at the various typ...

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LGA calls for satnav ban

Published: 31st January 2017

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for new legislation that makes it compulsory for all lorry drivers who use satnavs to have commer...

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Merger creates ‘super district council’

Published: 31st January 2017

Suffolk Coastal DC has followed neighbouring Waveney DC in voting in favour of a merger that will create the largest district council in the countr...

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Community Councils in Wales need to improve financial management and governance

Published: 31st January 2017

Too many community councils in Wales are receiving avoidable qualified audit opinions, a report from the Auditor General for Wales has said today. ...

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Winners of the Came & Company Scholarship competition selected!

Published: 30th January 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the winners of our Came & Company Scholarship competition have now been selected. The winners are Jonathan Whitehu...

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Katherine and Michael are SLCC’s new Leadership Team

Published: 27th January 2017

Katherine Owen (Caernarfon Royal TC Gwynedd) and Michael King (Barnard Castle TC, County Durham) were elected yesterday as the first Chairman and V...

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Council funding warning issued

Published: 27th January 2017

The Local Government Assocation (LGA) has warned that two-thirds of principal councils in England and Wales will be forced to find greater savings ...

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Delegate numbers continue to rise!

Published: 23rd January 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Practitioners Conference has proved extremely popular. So popular in fact that the accommodation at...

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SLCC is now an incorporated company

Published: 19th January 2017

Board of Directors – first agenda published Companies House has accepted the Society’s application to be incorporated as a Company Limited...

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Exciting New Member Service

Published: 19th January 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new feature designed to enhance our members' experience of the website and of the SLCC ser...

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The State of Rural Services 2016 report

Published: 17th January 2017

Campaign group Rural England has published a detailed report presenting the most recent evidence regarding the provision of services to residents a...

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National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage

Published: 17th January 2017

Since its introduction in 1998 the National Minimum Wage has been reviewed and any increase implemented from 1st October each year. In April 2016 t...

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New Green book: national agreement on pay and conditions of service for local government services

Published: 13th January 2017

The model contract of employment agreed between SLCC and NALC/One Voice Wales generally follows the terms and conditions of employment approved by ...

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"Broadening Your Horizons - a European Perspective"

Published: 13th January 2017

7th & 8th September 2017 Brussels, Belgium Click here to view the Symposium Brochure The International Institute of Municipal Clerks is...

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New LGiU/National Trust highlights lack of local democracy in planning system

Published: 11th January 2017

From August to October 2016 Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) surveyed all principal councillors across England to find out their views abou...

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Would you like to build your confidence in your role within local council?

Published: 11th January 2017

Watch the new CiLCA video to find out how CiLCA can give you the tools to make confident, informative decisions for your council and your community...

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Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) Ltd announce the appointment of external auditors

Published: 11th January 2017

SAAA (the 'sector led body') has announced the appointment of external auditors (by county area) for 2017/18 onwards. The list can be found...

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Councils to punish littering drivers

Published: 9th January 2017

The Telegraph and several Sunday papers report leaked news that English principal councils will be given the legal power to punish car owners in a ...

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Rural families to face double funding blow

Published: 9th January 2017

In its submission to the Government consultation on local spending, the Rural Services Network (RSN) has claimed families living in rural areas wil...

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Prime Minister to launch “shared society”

Published: 9th January 2017

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph on 8th January, Theresa May sets out her vision for “the shared society” as she declares that the government ha...

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Garden towns and villages to bring 50,000 homes

Published: 3rd January 2017

Up to 48,000 homes will be built in garden villages supported by £6m in public funding. The plans will deliver 14 new villages of between 1,500 to...

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High Court rules fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire

Published: 22nd December 2016

Anti-fracking campaigners have lost their legal challenge to a decision to allow fracking to take place in North Yorkshire. Friends of the Earth an...

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Swansea to scrap child burial fees

Published: 19th December 2016

Swansea Council is the latest to vow to scrap child burial fees after a campaign by MP Carolyn Harris who had to take out a loan to bury her own ch...

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Local councils will not be subject to referendum principles for 2017/18

Published: 15th December 2016

The Government has announced that referendum principles will not be applied to town and parish councils in England for 2017/18. Many thanks to all ...

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Your digital, January edition of The Clerk is out now!

Published: 15th December 2016

The digital version of the January 2017 The Clerk magazine is now in the members area of the website. The special feature in this edition is &...

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Came & Company Scholarship for Community Governance

Published: 14th December 2016

Are you thinking of joining the Community Governance course?  If so, you have a chance to win a scholarship of £1,000 towards the tuition fees! ...

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SLCC Board: Election of Directors

Published: 14th December 2016

Nominations for the election of Directors closed on 5th Dec 16 and the following nominees were elected unopposed: East - Carol Smy Midlan...

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DCLG launches new £2.5M Communities Fund

Published: 10th December 2016

1.    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a Fund to support proposals from local collaborations in England b...

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A rush on bookings for Practitioners’ Conference!

Published: 8th December 2016

The 2017 Practitioners’ Conference has proved extremely popular, so much so that we are now 150% ahead on delegate numbers compared with this tim...

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Villages disappearing in shadow of housing developments

Published: 5th December 2016

The SundayTimes has reported that hundreds of England's ancient villages are vanishing as a consequence of a surge in housing development. Abou...

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We three kings, plus 1,251 others, break nativity record

Published: 5th December 2016

Calne Town Council in Wiltshire has achieved a new Guinness World Record for the largest live nativity gathering. The event in the town was judged ...

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Warm Wales stakeholder conference, Cardiff 7th December 2016

Published: 1st December 2016

A representative of local councils in Wales is invited to attend this important event which seeks to promote how communities, public and private se...

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Louth flood defences completed

Published: 1st December 2016

Work on a flood alleviation scheme to protect the market town of Louth in Lincolnshire has been completed. The area suffered from some of its worst...

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Collective effort saves smaller authorities millions of pounds

Published: 30th November 2016

The local council sector together with local drainage authorities has successfully taken charge of procuring their external audit saving millions o...

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Unions say public sector workers face significant pay cut

Published: 29th November 2016

The Observer reports that analysis by the TUC has calculated that the average public sector worker will be £3,700 worse off by 2021 in the wake of...

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BT plans to withdraw red phone boxes

Published: 28th November 2016

Communities in England and Wales are being urged to adopt their local red phone box – or face the possibility of its removal. Out of 46,000 wor...

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Government consults on Post Office services

Published: 28th November 2016

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is asking stakeholders to say what they expect from the post office network. The consulta...

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Parish Council votes to scrap child burial charges

Published: 28th November 2016

The Sunday Mirror reports that Clipstone Parish Council, Notts, has backed its campaign to scrap the fees and has passed a motion to cover the cost...

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Autumn Statement 2016

Published: 23rd November 2016

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has today given the 2016 Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. A summary of the statement whic...

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SLCC membership climbs to over 5,000

Published: 18th November 2016

At National Conference 2015, Richard Walden, Interim Chief Executive, set an ambitious target to grow the Society to have 5,000 councils in members...

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Cheltenham Regional Roadshow – fully booked!

Published: 15th November 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Cheltenham Regional Roadshow on the 23rd November is now at full capacity. The training event which is being he...

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Rob is SLCC’s new Chief Executive

Published: 15th November 2016

SLCC is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Smith as its new Chief Executive. The position had attracted a great deal of interest and Rob ...

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Improved Parish Council Transparency at no extra cost to the Local Taxpayer

Published: 3rd November 2016

Parish councils with annual turnover of under £25,000 are now required to comply with the Smaller Authorities’ Transparency Code. Click here...

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The first neighbourhood plan ‘no’ vote after the parish council steering group campaigned for it to be rejected.

Published: 3rd November 2016

Swanwick in Derbyshire is the first neighbourhood plan to be rejected at referendum. This followed a dispute with the district council after the ex...

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Practitioners' Conference – Agenda Announced

Published: 2nd November 2016

We are delighted to announce the final programme for the 2017 Practitioners' Conference which takes place at the new home for Practitioners’,...

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Your digital, November edition of The Clerk is out now!

Published: 1st November 2016

The digital version of the November 2016 The Clerk magazine is now in the members area of the website. The special feature in this edition ...

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Consultation Response: Referendum Principles for English Parishes

Published: 1st November 2016

SLCC has responded to the Government consultation on extending council tax referendum principles to parish and town councils.  Having noted the vi...

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Alan Blakeley is SLCC’s new President

Published: 17th October 2016

Alan Blakeley, Clerk to Staining PC in Lancashire, was unanimously elected as SLCC’s President for 2016/17 at the Society’s AGM held at Hinckle...

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New SLCC Mobile App

Published: 11th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that the new SLCC app has launched! The National Conference app has been designed to provide delegates with information ...

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Controversial Fracking Proposal in Lancashire Given Green Light

Published: 10th October 2016

The Government has overturned a decision to refuse planning permission for fracking of shale gas in Lancashire.  Lancashire County Council voted a...

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Notes on neighbourhood planning: edition 18

Published: 10th October 2016

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published it latest bulletin on neighbourhood planning which outlines latest news and policy...

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Wales Local Government Reform

Published: 7th October 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mr Mark Drakeford AM, has set out a new way forward for local government in Wales. In ...

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NEC Agenda and papers now available

Published: 6th October 2016

The Agenda and supporting papers for the meeting of the Society’s National Executive Council (NEC) to be held on 12th October 2016 are now availa...

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Referendum Principles for English Parishes

Published: 30th September 2016

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently published the Local Government Finance Settlement Technical Consultation which ...

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Technical consultation on implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Published: 28th September 2016

The Government has announced a consultation that seeks views on proposed detailed regulations to implement the neighbourhood planning provisions in...

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Bright Ideas Fund

Published: 28th September 2016

A new funding opportunity, the Bright Ideas Fund , opens on Friday 30 September. It aims to give community groups, including, we understand, t...

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Candidates for Presidency to address AGM

Published: 23rd September 2016

In a change from previous practise, all nominees for the position of the Society’s President Elect for 2016/17 (who would be expected to be elect...

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National Minimum Wage Increase

Published: 16th September 2016

A reminder that from 1st October 2016 there will be increases implemented in the National Minimum Wage hourly rates as follows: Adult rate (21 ...

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Review of NJC “green book” pay spine

Published: 16th September 2016

Following the Local Government pay agreement for 2016 -2018 it was proposed that a joint review of the national pay spine would be carried out. The...

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Referendum principles may be extended to parish council precepts

Published: 16th September 2016

The Government is consulting on proposals to extend referendum principles (the requirement to hold a referendum if the proposed council tax increas...

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New Acas guide - Managing People

Published: 12th September 2016

Acas, the organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes, has produced new free guidance to help managers, supervisors or tea...

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Swindon consults on new urban parishes

Published: 5th September 2016

Swindon Borough Council is consulting its residents on plans to create new parish council and to devolve more powers and responsibilities to them a...

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Government Implements Neighbourhood Planning Changes

Published: 5th September 2016

The Government has announced its response to the changes to neighbourhood planning on which it consulted last February.  The new document sets out...

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More resources for town and parish councils preparing a neighbourhood plan

Published: 2nd September 2016

Planning Aid England (PAE) has produced a suite of resources aimed at helping town and parish councils and other groups to get through the neighbou...

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NALC and SLCC working in partnership

Published: 31st August 2016

Following SLCC’s decision to amend its constitution to transfer its trades union activities to a new separate Trade Union, known as ALCC (which t...

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