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Ticket only meeting to discuss new Town Council for Bexhill

Published: 11th December 2017

Rother District Council will be meeting on 18th December to decide the future governance of Bexhill. Options under consideration following a commun...

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Council employees offered ‘overdue’ pay rise

Published: 7th December 2017

Council employees have been offered a ‘long overdue’ two-year pay increase, starting next year. Employees whose salaries start at £19,430 ...

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National Minimum Wage and other Statutory Payments 2018

Published: 1st December 2017

The new National Minimum Wages/ National Living Wage rates, which will come into effect on 1st April 2018 have been announced as: • 25+ = £...

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Get ready for Winter: a checklist for parish and town councils

Published: 29th November 2017

The MyCommunity website, which is managed by Locality for the Government, has produced a blog to help councils check if they are aware of the emer...

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Support the campaign to remove business rates from public toilets

Published: 27th November 2017

SLCC is joining NALC in supporting Falmouth Town Council, which will be submitting a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act for legislative...

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Open Spaces Society Launches Search for Lost Commons

Published: 27th November 2017

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has launched a search for common land which must be registered and protecte...

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Appeal for bell ringers to join WW1 Centenary Commemoration

Published: 27th November 2017

'Ringing Out for Peace' is part of the 'Battle’s Over' day-long, unique commemoration of the end of the First World War taking pl...

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Think Tank says unitary councils could save 2.9 billion pounds a year

Published: 20th November 2017

Abolishing district councils and replacing them with single unitary authorities could save ÂŁ2.9bn a year, a think tank has argued. In a new re...

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Government names 15 councils facing local plan intervention

Published: 17th November 2017

Communities secretary, Sajid Javid MP, has announced that he is set to take control of plan making at 15 local authorities that he considers have f...

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The ALCC supports over 100 clerks with employment issues in first year

Published: 16th November 2017

The Association of Local Council Clerks (ALCC), the trade union dedicated to the needs of the local council sector has reported that in its first f...

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Crowdfunding Christmas lights

Published: 14th November 2017

The Sunday Express (12th November, page 6) looks at how towns and villages across the country are having to crowdfund to raise money for Christmas ...

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Came & Company Scholarship for Community Governance

Published: 14th November 2017

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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Communities to decide how to spend shale cash

Published: 14th November 2017

The Government has announced that communities near sites approved for the safe and clean extraction of shale gas will benefit from a share of the p...

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Secretary of State announces support for Local Government overhaul in Dorset

Published: 14th November 2017

The Secretary of State for communities and local government, Sajid Javid, has agreed to support plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dors...

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BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme

Published: 7th November 2017

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over ÂŁ10,000 per year for...

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ILCA Learning Platform to be updated

Published: 27th October 2017

During December, we will be adding some updates to your Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA) on-line Learning Platform.  For th...

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Richard appointed Honorary Vice President

Published: 25th October 2017

Richard Walden, one of SLCC’s longest serving members, was unanimously appointed an Honorary Vice President at the Society’s Annual Meet...

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SLCC Awards recognise excellence in the Clerks profession

Published: 25th October 2017

Lesley Swinbank, Clerk to Hawthorn PC in County Durham, received the principal award, the Outstanding Contribution Award At the annual awa...

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SLCC prioritises work to combat bullying

Published: 25th October 2017

During his acceptance speech at the Society’s AGM, incoming President David Preston, highlighted the continuing problems experienced by some memb...

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Local Government Finance Bill

Published: 25th October 2017

The Government has announced that it will not be re-introducing the Local Government Finance Bill, which fell with the recent General Election. ...

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David is SLCCs new President

Published: 23rd October 2017

David Preston, the long serving Town Clerk to Award Winning Oswestry TC, was unanimously elected President of the Society of Local Council Clerks f...

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Stress and mental health in the workplace: new guidance published

Published: 16th October 2017

The Health and Safety Executive have produced figures that in 2015/6 more than 480,000 people in the UK had reported illness due to work related st...

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New leave allowance for bereaved parents

Published: 16th October 2017

The Government has published a Bill that will entitle parents who lose a child under the age 18 to two weeks’ paid leave. At present there is no ...

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Shortlist for Society Awards announced

Published: 9th October 2017

SLCC is pleased to announce the final shortlist of nominees for several new awards it will be presenting at the start of the National Conference on...

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Bristol RTS fully booked!

Published: 4th October 2017

The final Regional Training Seminar (RTS) of the year, at Filton near Bristol, is now fully booked following a pattern of capacity audiences experi...

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The Future of Community and Town Councils in Wales

Published: 3rd October 2017

The Wales Government has established an Independent Review Panel to consider the future role of Community and Town Councils. Ed Humphreys, the Town...

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Local Democracy Week 9-15 October 2017

Published: 2nd October 2017

The "European Local Democracy Week" (ELDW) is an annual European event co-ordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities which celebra...

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Linda is SLCC’s Head of Conferences, Training and Education

Published: 2nd October 2017

SLCC is delighted to announce that, following a formal selection process, Past President Linda Roberts has been appointed to the position of Head o...

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Durham County Council approves new city authority

Published: 21st September 2017

A new council covering the City of Durham will come into force on 1st April next year. The plan for the new parish council has been approved at a f...

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More funding for Neighbourhood Plans

Published: 21st September 2017

The Government has announced that a further tranche of ÂŁ22.8m funding will be available between 2018 and 2022 to support parish councils and commu...

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Government appoints new parks research group

Published: 20th September 2017

Parks and green spaces minister, Marcus Jones MP, has announced the creation of an advisory Parks Action Group which will look into the future of p...

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Social housing green paper promised

Published: 20th September 2017

The Government has confirmed it will bring forward a green paper on social housing in England. Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the green pap...

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Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals

Published: 18th September 2017

The Government has set out in a new consultation document proposals which it hopes will ease the housing crisis.   These include, Principal local...

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Voter ID Trials to combat Electoral Fraud

Published: 18th September 2017

Five areas of England will run trials at next year’s local elections that will see voters required to provide identification before casting their...

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Public sector pay cap lift confirmed

Published: 13th September 2017

The Government announced yesterday that the long-standing 1% cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted. It has been revea...

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Message from our Principal Sponsor

Published: 13th September 2017

A message from our principal sponsor, Came and Company Local Council Insurance: “Many of you will have been concerned to hear the news that ...

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Board of Directors warmly welcome Robs Big Plan

Published: 13th September 2017

At its meeting earlier this week SLCC’s Board of Directors warmly received a detailed presentation by Chief Executive, Rob Smith, setting out his...

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Community Governance coming to the North of England

Published: 13th September 2017

Are you considering studying Community Governance (CG) but concerned that events may not be convenient for you?  Anxious that your Society’s hig...

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Your New e-Forum!

Published: 11th September 2017

As part of our commitment to continuously develop and enhance our services to SLCC members and to reflect our values of professionalism and innovat...

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Parishes should have “binding” design powers

Published: 4th September 2017

The Sunday Telegraph reports that Neil Parish MP, the Chairman of the Environment Select Committee, will warn this week that Britain risks creating...

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Welsh Government offers clustering funding

Published: 4th September 2017

The Welsh Government has provided a modest budget of ÂŁ20K for 2017-18 only, to provide opportunity for a small number of Community and Town Counci...

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Government to extend Green Flag Award for 5 more years

Published: 25th August 2017

Parks and Green Spaces Minister, Marcus Jones, has announced that the Government will renew the 'Green Flag Award' licence, making sure tha...

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NALC and SLCC senior leadership teams progress their partnership

Published: 24th August 2017

The Chairmen and Vice-chairmen of SLCC and NALC had a constructive and productive meeting on 17th August when they agreed to work up a new strategi...

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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 ÂŁ40k 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 ÂŁ13m 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 ÂŁ1.6 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 ÂŁ9.2bn since 2013

Published: 17th May 2017

LocalGov reports that the funding deficit of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has fallen to ÂŁ37bn from ÂŁ46.8bn in three years, accordin...

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Weed killer ban could add ÂŁ230m 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 ÂŁ230m, 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 ÂŁ2 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 ÂŁ6m 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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