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Government announces high street ownership register

Published: 20th May 2019

The Government has announced that a new register is to be set up to make it easier to find out who owns empty buildings, as part of efforts to revi...

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Northamptonshire unitary authorities delayed to 2021

Published: 15th May 2019

The Government has approved plans to replace Northamptonshire County Council and seven other district and borough councils, and set up two unitary ...

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Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme for 2019/2020

Published: 14th May 2019

The Government’s Neighbourhood Planning support programme for the current financial year started today. It was anticipated that it would open...

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Recycle Your May edition of The Clerk

Published: 13th May 2019

You may have noticed that your May edition of The Clerk has been delivered in a slightly different packaging than usual. This packaging is actually...

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Wales Government offers 100% Training Bursaries

Published: 8th May 2019

As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the development of community councils and their clerks, the Wales Government has made a very genero...

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Dorset parish candidate appeal pays off

Published: 1st May 2019

The BBC reports that, despite dire warnings to the contrary, (see News Item of 23rd April) following a second appeal for volunteers, enough candida...

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Councillors Exempt from Data Protection Fees

Published: 1st May 2019

The Data Protection (Charges and Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came into force this week and have changed the rules around paying the d...

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There But Not There - D Day Landings 75th Anniversary

Published: 1st May 2019

The charity Remembered has just launched their latest There But Not There D-Day 75 campaign – a poignant Bootprint installation appeared on Slapt...

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Rural communities being ignored and underrated, say peers

Published: 29th April 2019

The BBC reports that the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee has concluded that “Rural communities have been "ignored" and had "inappropriate"...

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The Big Lunch 2019

Published: 26th April 2019

There is just under 6 weeks to go until The Big Lunch 2019 From picnics to afternoon tea, and Lunar Lunches to full blown street parties, you c...

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Potholes spark fall in cyclist numbers

Published: 23rd April 2019

The Sunday Times reports that Sport England has warned that cyclists are abandoning the roads, deterred by potholes, accidents and abuse from motor...

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Councils warned against metric traffic signs

Published: 23rd April 2019

The Daily Telegraph reports that Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has written to highway authorities to remind them of 2016 guidance setting ou...

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Councils urged to revive county day celebrations

Published: 23rd April 2019

New Government guidance for English local authorities urges them to revive historic county day celebrations, fly their county flags, and erect sign...

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Parish councils struggle to attract election candidates

Published: 23rd April 2019

Research by the Daily Telegraph is suggesting thousands of parish councils will be avoiding the local elections next month because not enough peopl...

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Voter ID trials coming at local elections

Published: 18th April 2019

The BBC looks at new voter ID trials to be held during the local elections in May, which will see voters in Broxtowe, Craven, Derby, North Kesteven...

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Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

Published: 16th April 2019

LocalGov reports that two Oxfordshire councils are considering extending their joint working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broa...

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NALC Star Council Awards - Clerk of the Year 2019

Published: 8th April 2019

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) will again be holding its Star Councils Awards later this year which includes a category of “Cl...

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Intermediate External Audits

Published: 3rd April 2019

All councils in England should by now have received an 'instruction' email from their external auditor.​ Those councils selected for the ...

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New Principal Councils come into effect

Published: 2nd April 2019

Two new Dorset unitary authorities have formally taken over from the county’s nine previous councils. Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurc...

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Members Survey competition winners

Published: 1st April 2019

Many thanks to the 460 members who kindly took the trouble to complete this year’s membership survey, which was a 20% increase on the replies to ...

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NALC says Charter Trustees have had their day

Published: 1st April 2019

Charter trustee bodies were created under the Local Government Act, 1972 for the purpose of preserving the Mayoralty and civic heritage of former b...

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Increase in National Living Wage

Published: 1st April 2019

The revised rates for the National Living Wage now apply from 1st April 2019. These are the minimum that all Employers are required to pay per hour...

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Independent high street firms get business rate boost

Published: 1st April 2019

Thousands of independent high street premises are to benefit from business rate cuts from today, under a two year Government scheme that will cut b...

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Annual Return Errors Costing Councils Money

Published: 28th March 2019

The Chairman of the body procuring external auditors for local councils in England has expressed concern that more councils than previously are not...

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Council merger delayed by Brexit

Published: 28th March 2019

The BBC is reporting that a council merger could be delayed by the Brexit negotiations. South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Daventry and Northampt...

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Pointless street signs to be removed

Published: 25th March 2019

The Department for Transport has published guidelines for councils saying that pointless road signs should be removed amid warnings that they waste...

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PKF Littlejohn External Auditor Webinar

Published: 21st March 2019

PKF Littlejohn, the external auditors to the majority of local councils in England have recorded a training webinar which updates listeners with th...

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SLCC urges Secretary of State to change key funding rules

Published: 19th March 2019

SLCC has joined sector partners in urging Communities and Local Government Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire, to change the rules for several rec...

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SLCC joins professional task group offering help in implementing ethical standards changes

Published: 19th March 2019

SLCC has joined with the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) to form a Joint Standards Task Gr...

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All Party Parliamentary Group for Economic Development launched

Published: 14th March 2019

Economic development and regeneration professionals working in public, private and third-sector roles will have their interests championed in polic...

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New CPD courses

Published: 14th March 2019

SLCC is pleased to announce two new webinar courses below: Appraisal Techniques - Lets Talk. This one hour webinar is designed for those appra...

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New People Management Course

Published: 14th March 2019

SLCC is offering a new face to face course which identifies challenging situations and teaches the techniques to respond effectively. £145 + ...

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Utility firms to be forced to guarantee road repairs for 5 years

Published: 6th March 2019

The Government has launched a consultation which could see utility companies forced to guarantee their road repairs for five years, in a bid to tac...

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Council tax to rise by 4.5% across England

Published: 5th March 2019

The Times and the Daily Telegraph report that analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found that 96% of p...

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Are Local Councils prepared to innovate?

Published: 5th March 2019

The recently launched Local Councils think tank, ComGov, has published the results of a facilitated discussion on innovation and success at the rec...

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Stronger Towns Fund Launched

Published: 4th March 2019

The Government will today (4th March 2019) launch a £1.6 billion fund to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Bre...

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Minister to address Joint Wales Conference

Published: 28th February 2019

Julie James AM, the Wales Minister for Housing and Local Government will be the keynote speaker at this year’s joint SLCC and One Voice Wales Con...

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2019 Practitioners Conference hailed great success

Published: 28th February 2019

SLCC’s Practitioners’ Conference held earlier this month at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth has again been hailed a great success. Of the...

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Select Committee calls for radical overhaul of high streets

Published: 21st February 2019

A new report published today from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, 'High Streets and Town Centres in 2030', ...

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Funding to support joint arrangement in Wales

Published: 21st February 2019

As part of its commitment to supporting the community council sector the Welsh Government is offering grants towards facilitating interest around j...

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Planning appeal wait could be almost halved

Published: 12th February 2019

A Government-commissioned review of the planning system has said that changes could be made to ensure the average time for resolving an appeal inqu...

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Government announces plans to tackle illegal traveller sites

Published: 11th February 2019

The Government has set out is plans to make it easier for councils to intervene and remove travellers from land they should not be on.   The ...

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Britains Burial Crisis and how to solve it

Published: 11th February 2019

On Saturday, the Financial Times published an extended article looking at the problem of the growing lack of traditional burial plots in cemeteries...

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Community Governance Scholarships 2019 announced

Published: 1st February 2019

Came and Company Local Council Insurance have announced the decision on their generous awarding of Scholarships to students starting their SLCC Com...

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Strengthen Ethical Standards Regime: Report Recommends

Published: 1st February 2019

SLCC CEO Rob Smith and SLCC President Sarah Jeffries with Dr Jane Martin CBE and Lord Evans, the Committee Chairman, at the launch T...

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Somerset Wood commemorating the countys WWI fallen seeks support from all parishes

Published: 28th January 2019

The Somerset Wood is a unique project undertaken by the County Council in partnership with Taunton Deane BC and Cheddon Fitzpaine and West Monkton ...

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External Examiner praises the SLCC Community Governance Course

Published: 25th January 2019

Professor Gary Craig, the External Examiner of the Community Governance course, has reported to De Montfort University’s (DMU) Programme Assessme...

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Community Governance: Enrolments full for 2019

Published: 14th January 2019

We are delighted to announce that all available places for SLCC’s Community Governance level 4 course starting in 2019, generously sponsored Came...

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Fund to transform English high streets and town centres opens

Published: 2nd January 2019

The Government has launched its Future High Streets Fund to help principal councils implement bold new visions to transform their town centres and ...

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Cumbria considers council merger

Published: 2nd January 2019

Cumbria County Council’s cabinet has agreed to open talks with the Government about merging with the six district councils. Cllr Bill Wearing, wh...

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Government consults on plans to introduce new measures for felling street trees

Published: 2nd January 2019

The Government is consulting on new measures to make it clearer who is responsible for decisions concerning the felling of street trees and what pr...

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Government consults on technical changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy

Published: 2nd January 2019

The Government has announced a consultation on technical changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy. These changes aim to reduce its complexity a...

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Elisabeth Skinner MBE

Published: 2nd January 2019

SLCC is proud to be able to congratulate its Academic Leader, Elisabeth Skinner, on her deserved appointment as a Member of the Order of the Britis...

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Welsh Government responds to Review Recommendations

Published: 23rd December 2018

The Welsh Government has issued its response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of the Future Role of Town and Parish Councils (see p...

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Section 137 spending limit for 2019/20

Published: 20th December 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has advised that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Go...

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924 buildings Listed in 2018

Published: 20th December 2018

A former lifeboat house in Essex, a cricket pavilion in Uppingham and a thatched memorial bus shelter in Dorset are among the highlights of the 900...

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No Council Tax Referendum Principles for English Parishes in 2019/20

Published: 17th December 2018

The Government has announced its draft Local Government Financial Settlement for 2019/20 which includes the welcome news that council referendum pr...

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Community Governance Enrolments 2019 - Five places remaining!

Published: 17th December 2018

There has been a fabulous response from members enrolling for SLCC’s higher education Community Governance courses for 2019. 64 students have alr...

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Nottinghamshire CC abandons reorganisation plan

Published: 13th December 2018

Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to drop its reorganisation plans, which the leadership had hoped would save the authority millions each ...

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Parliament to consider a Bill that would limit planning application appeals that are contrary to neighbourhood plans

Published: 12th December 2018

A Private Members Bill has been introduced to the House of Commons that would limit the grounds of appeal against decisions on planning application...

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2019/2020 Pay Award

Published: 7th December 2018

The NJC for Local Government Services has agreed the pay award effective from 1st April 2019. Click here to view the statement from NALC which inte...

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Leadership In Action 2019 - A unique training and networking opportunity

Published: 5th December 2018

The ever popular Leadership in Action conference for professional leaders in our sector and all those who aspire to be, is taking place at Stratfor...

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Spitalfields town council proposed

Published: 3rd December 2018

The Observer reports on a proposal from residents to establish a new town council in Spitalfields, within the borough of Tower Hamlets. David Dono...

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For happiness, the only way is Essex

Published: 29th November 2018

The Essex town of Leigh-on-Sea has been named Britain’s happiest place to live in Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home index. Leigh-on-Sea Tow...

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GDPR vs Santa

Published: 22nd November 2018

A local authority in Germany has cancelled its traditional ceremony where children hang their Christmas wishlists for Santa on a tree in the market...

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National Conference 2019

Published: 22nd November 2018

The 2019 SLCC National Conference will be held at Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire on 2nd and 3rd October 2019. This is a change ...

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Linda is new ALCC General Secretary

Published: 22nd November 2018

Following Lis Moore’s decision not to stand for the role of General Secretary, the nomination process was opened to all ALCC members on 3rd Septe...

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Free Aerial Photos for Town, Parish and Community Councils

Published: 21st November 2018

Under a new Government scheme called Aerial Photography for Great Britain (APGB), operated under contract by aerial mapping companies Bluesky and G...

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Cumbria unitary authority talks to go ahead

Published: 21st November 2018

Council leaders in Cumbria have agreed to start talks with the Government about replacing the county’s existing county council and six district a...

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Town Council loses allotments case

Published: 21st November 2018

Ramsgate Town Council was created in 2009 and its' Councillors were hoping to obtain ownership of all of the statutory allotments in their area...

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Planning review calls for sweeping reform

Published: 21st November 2018

The Raynsford Review of Planning, led by former housing minister Nick Raynsford, has released its final report, Planning 2020. The report, commissi...

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A new town council for High Wycombe?

Published: 21st November 2018

Associated with the proposed creation of a new Unitary Council for Buckinghamshire from May 2020, Wycombe Diastrict Council is considering a Commun...

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New pilot voter ID scheme for 2019

Published: 8th November 2018

The Government has announced 11 local authorities who will be taking part in voter ID pilots in England in 2019. Pendle, East Staffordshire and...

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Brexit plan to rebuild British High Street

Published: 8th November 2018

Government plans to "re-invent" and celebrate Britain's high streets and build a "stronger, fairer" post-Brexit Britain have been unveiled, as ...

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Future Parks Accelerator

Published: 1st November 2018

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Trust have joined forces to launch the Future Parks Accelerator (FPA). The FPA is a UK-wide £10 m...

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Came & Company 2019 Scholarships

Published: 1st November 2018

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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Government consults on mandatory prior consultation with communities before submitting shale gas planning applications

Published: 1st November 2018

The Government has announced a consultation that seeks views on whether applicants should be required to conduct pre-application consultation with ...

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Budget proposes new affordable homes powers for parishes

Published: 31st October 2018

In yesterday’s Budget, the Chancellor included proposals to give parish councils the power to allocate land and grant permission for homes for sa...

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Newbury and Somerset RTS sell out!

Published: 29th October 2018

The final two Regional Training Seminars for 2018 have totally sold out, repeating the experience of several venues this year. Make sure you do...

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Clerks Chat Show - The hit of National Conference!

Published: 25th October 2018

Attendees at this year’s SLCC National Conference voted the Clerks’ Chat Show their favourite session. The new feature, based loosely on a...

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Expand your horizons! Enrolment now open for Community Governance courses in 2019

Published: 24th October 2018

Enrolment is now open for SLCC’s Community Governance higher education courses delivered in partnership with De Montfort University. Build o...

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Making Tax Digital deferred six months for local authorities

Published: 16th October 2018

A number of clerks have been asking about the impact of Making Tax Digital on local councils. Councils which are not VAT-registered will not be aff...

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Sarah is the new SLCC President

Published: 15th October 2018

Sarah Jeffries, Clerk to Maiden Bradley and Yarnfield PC in Wiltshire, was unanimously elected SLCC President for 2018/19 at the AGM last Thursday....

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Charles Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration - 11th Edition out now!

Published: 4th October 2018

Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration (now edited by Paul Clayden) is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community counc...

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Review of Community and Town Councils in Wales

Published: 4th October 2018

The Independent Review Panel has completed its review of the future of the Community and Town Council Sector in Wales. Yesterday the Panel publ...

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Community Table Tennis Special Offer

Published: 1st October 2018

SLCC is pleased to support Table Tennis England with its re-launched campaign “Ping in the Community”, which helps members of a variety of grou...

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Shortlist for Society Awards announced

Published: 24th September 2018

SLCC is pleased to announce the final shortlist of nominees for its annual awards, which will be presented at the start of the National Conference ...

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Alton Shortlisted for Great British High Street Awards 2018

Published: 19th September 2018

Congratulations to Alton Town Council in Hampshire who are the only local council to have their application shortlisted for the 2018 Great British ...

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New right to paid leave for bereaved parents

Published: 17th September 2018

A new workplace right to leave for bereaved parents has been given Royal approval. Employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will recei...

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Public Concern At Work - Change of name

Published: 17th September 2018

The Whistleblowers charity, Public Concern at Work, has changed its name to Protect. The charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this ye...

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Few places remaining at the last RTS of 2018

Published: 12th September 2018

The final Regional Training Seminars (RTS) of 2018 taking place at Newbury Racecourse and the Webbington Hotel in Somerset are proving extremely ...

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New Webinar courses now available!

Published: 12th September 2018

SLCC are offering a new range of CPD courses delivered via webinar, which are designed to help you work as effectively and efficiently as possible ...

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HMRC update PAYE User Guide

Published: 7th September 2018

HMRC have updated their User Guide to Basic PAYE Tools for 2018/19. The updated User Guide can be found by clicking here....

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Public consultation launched on Birmingham devolution

Published: 7th September 2018

Birmingham City Council has launched a public consultation to ask residents if they back the creation of new local bodies such as parish councils, ...

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Which councils are under the most financial stress?

Published: 7th September 2018

The BBC’s Political Research Unit reports on the principal councils that are under the most financial strain. It notes a recent Local Government...

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Restoration Grants - Association for Industrial Archaeology

Published: 7th September 2018

Thanks to a series of generous donations the AIA can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial arc...

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Community Centres & Village Hall Grants - Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Published: 7th September 2018

Trusthouse invites applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economic...

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Free Wi-Fi Programme - European Commission

Published: 4th September 2018

The European Commission is seeking to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health ...

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Parliamentary Boundaries - Final proposals

Published: 30th August 2018

The Boundary Commissions for England and Wales have advised that they will be reporting their final recommendations for a review of Parliamentary B...

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Salisbury launches its bid to be crowned a Rising Star in the Great British High Street Awards

Published: 30th August 2018

Tourists and residents are being urged to make the most of Salisbury, as the city launches its bid to be crowned a ‘Rising Star’ in the Great ...

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Charles Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration - 11th Edition out soon!

Published: 23rd August 2018

Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration (now edited by Paul Claydon) is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community counc...

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New parish councils for Christchurch and Highcliffe proposed

Published: 21st August 2018

Later this week, Christchurch Borough Council’s Community Committee will consider final recommendations of a community governance review that a n...

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Northamptonshire overhaul plans revealed

Published: 20th August 2018

Plans for a "radical" shake-up of local government at Northamptonshire County Council have been revealed in a new government report. Under the prop...

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Wales Report recommends compulsory training for councillors and mandatory qualified clerks

Published: 20th August 2018

The Independent Review Panel established by the Wales Government last year to review the future of town and community councils, has published its o...

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Derbyshire fracking exploration given permission

Published: 17th August 2018

Planning permission has been granted to a petrochemical company to look for shale gas deposits near a Derbyshire village. Derbyshire County Council...

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Councils criticised for ignoring WWI project

Published: 17th August 2018

Lord Dannatt, former head of the Army, has revealed that only 160 out of 433 principal councils are backing his project marking the centenary of th...

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New generation of garden cities

Published: 16th August 2018

Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has announced that 23 new garden cities will be built across England by 2050, accommodating almost 200,000 hi...

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'Chaser' letters from PKF Littlejohn

Published: 14th August 2018

PKF Littlejohn, who are external auditors to most town and parish councils in England, sent around 1,150 'chaser' letters, mainly by email,...

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Residents gain direct power over local decisions

Published: 9th August 2018

Residents are to be offered new powers to veto or approve plans that affect their communities, as ministers say they want to help the public sector...

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NALC poll shows support for single code of conduct

Published: 8th August 2018

The majority of town and parish councils support the introduction of a single, mandatory code of conduct, according to a new poll conducted by the ...

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Green belt land used for unaffordable homes

Published: 6th August 2018

Green belt is disappearing at an “alarming rate” because of a relaxation of planning laws, with the majority of new homes aimed at better-off b...

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Wanted - Internal Auditor with Experience

Published: 3rd August 2018

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has commissioned a review and update of Section 4 of the Practitioners’ Guide dealing wit...

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New eLearning modules launched

Published: 1st August 2018

Learning with SLCC has never been easier. We have today launched new eLearning modules offering an introduction to key topics for just £10 per mod...

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Conference for Wales

Published: 1st August 2018

Are you serving a council in Wales? Are you fully familiar with the remuneration framework for community and town councillors? The Independent...

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National Conference 2018

Published: 1st August 2018

We have been chatting to the inspirational motivational speaker, Duncan Slater, about what colleagues can learn from attending the National Confere...

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CiLCA

Published: 1st August 2018

Due to increased costs in delivering CiLCA, the registration fee will be increasing to £350 on 1st October 2018. A recent survey of CiLCA stud...

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Libraries Week

Published: 30th July 2018

Libraries Week takes place between 8th - 13th October to celebrate and promote the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, with a focus on wel...

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Failure to contact external auditor

Published: 27th July 2018

The external auditors have reported that a substantial number of parish councils have made no contact with them regarding accounts for 2017/18. All...

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Horncastle Town Council granted the power to deal with minor planning applications

Published: 27th July 2018

Horncastle Town Council in Lincolnshire has been given the power to determine minor planning applications by East Lindsey District Council.  It is...

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Government publishes long awaited revised National Planning Policy Framework

Published: 25th July 2018

The new planning rules which aim, amongst other things, to make it easier for local planning authorities to challenge poor quality and unattractive...

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Mr Steven Lugg

Published: 23rd July 2018

The Society of Local Council Clerks has been paying tribute to Stephen Lugg, the Chief Executive of the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, wh...

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National Conference 2018: Full programme launched

Published: 23rd July 2018

SLCC has today launched the full, exciting programme for its 2018 National Conference to be held at the Forest Pines Resort in North Lincolnshire o...

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Government consults on allowing fracking without planning permission

Published: 20th July 2018

The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission. The controversia...

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New tax powers for empty homes

Published: 19th July 2018

The Government yesterday introduced amendments to Bills currently before Parliament aimed at discouraging owners from leaving properties empty. Bil...

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Conference for Wales to tackle confusion over Councillors Allowances

Published: 17th July 2018

This year’s SLCC Conference for Wales at Llandudno on 5th September will include a key presentation from the Independent Remuneration Panel for W...

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Plans for single Nottinghamshire authority progress

Published: 16th July 2018

Plans to scrap district and borough councils and create a single authority for Nottinghamshire have moved forward. Councillors voted by 35 to 30 at...

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Rural Housing – Important Survey

Published: 16th July 2018

Rural England, working in association with the Rural Services Network and The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is conducting a s...

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Could Wales example shape England council reform?

Published: 16th July 2018

In a letter to the Guardian, One Voice Wales chairman, Mike Cuddy, advocates a “truly local governed structure”. He notes that town and communi...

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Whitehall launches new ‘Council for the North’

Published: 16th July 2018

The Government will launch a modern day ‘Council for the North’ in an effort to overcome the historic North-South divide. Northern Powerhouse M...

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National Conference is coming near to you!

Published: 16th July 2018

SLCC’s Board agreed last year that your premier learning and networking event, The National Conference, should move around the country to offer a...

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Ministers proposals to save the High Street

Published: 9th July 2018

High street minister, Jake Berry, is calling on councils to rethink town centre parking charges, as part of plans to save Britain’s high streets....

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Local Digital Declaration - Local authorities, government departments and partner organisations sign up

Published: 5th July 2018

A new “digital pledge” backed by £7.5 million of government funding was launched yesterday to help principal councils transform their online s...

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Government grants for affordable housing (in England)

Published: 4th July 2018

The government is making available £163 million across England up to 2020 - 2021 through the Community Housing Fund. The Fund aims to support an i...

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Important Information for Google Chrome users

Published: 2nd July 2018

Your Society understands that from July 2018, the Chrome browser (developed by Google), will be marking sites without a SSL certificate as “Not S...

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New ACAS Guidance on Overtime

Published: 2nd July 2018

Acas has produced new Guidance on Overtime. It covers: the different types of overtime working time limits on overtime pa...

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Unauthorised Traveller Encampments - more powers needed to take effective action

Published: 28th June 2018

SLCC members have called for greater powers for public authorities to take action against unauthorised traveller encampments. Responding to a new G...

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The Leadership in Action Conference - best ever event

Published: 26th June 2018

SLCC delegates have accorded this month’s Leadership in Action event one of the highest-ever ratings achieved by any Society networking and train...

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NALC and SLCC call for urgent government talks on The Ledbury Case

Published: 25th June 2018

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Society of Local Councils Clerks (SLCC) have written to the Ministry of Housing, Communities ...

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Community Managed Libraries - Good Practice Toolkit

Published: 15th June 2018

The Good Practice Guide, produced by the Libraries Taskforce (with contributions from community managed libraries) is for those who are running, or...

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Remembrance Day Grants for Silhouettes

Published: 13th June 2018

Applications are now open for micro-grants of up to £500 for installations to support Remembrance Day activities for the centenary of the First Wo...

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British mammals struggling to survive

Published: 13th June 2018

Almost one in five of British mammal species face a high risk of extinction, according to a major review of their populations for more than 20 year...

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Clerk’s Manual

Published: 12th June 2018

SLCC’s The Clerk’s Manual is one of the most respected reference works in the local council sector. The current edition is, however, in need of...

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LIA Prize Winners

Published: 11th June 2018

At last week’s record breaking Leadership in Action (LIA) Conference, the following lucky members were prize winners: Stephen Postlethwai...

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LGA warns of risk to Local Plans

Published: 8th June 2018

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) reports that Lord Porter, chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), has warned that impendin...

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Contacting your external auditor and approval of the AGAR

Published: 7th June 2018

  Your council's external auditor will have advised you of a date by which they expect to receive either an approved and signed Annual Gov...

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Coastal Revival Fund

Published: 7th June 2018

The Government is inviting bids for a new £1 million Coastal Revival Fund round, which is for grant funding to be spent in 2018 to 2019. Bids of u...

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Neighbourhood Planning Grants

Published: 7th June 2018

Locality are continuing to deliver the Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme over the next four years, from 2018-2022. The programme builds on...

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CPRE: Countryside being concreted over

Published: 7th June 2018

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25 years, with the acreage lost to pro...

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How To Look After Your Listed Building - FREE event!

Published: 1st June 2018

A FREE two day course for those in the public sector with a responsibility for listed and historic buildings. The event will take place at the new...

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Action on Public Parks

Published: 31st May 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) held an ‘Action on parks’ conference on 24th May as part of its contribution to the Government’s Parks...

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Review of the Planning System suggests third-party right of appeal

Published: 23rd May 2018

A review of the planning system being led by former housing minister Nick Raynsford MP is mooting recommending a third-party right of appeal t...

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