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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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Relax fracking planning laws ministers say

Published: 18th May 2018

The government has proposed a relaxation in the planning laws which apply to fracking. Ministers are proposing a Shale Environmental Regulator and ...

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Parks provide over £34bn of health benefits

Published: 14th May 2018

Parks and green spaces across the UK provide people with over £34bn of health and wellbeing benefits, report says. Green spaces are increasing...

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Free Neighbourhood Planning Event

Published: 11th May 2018

Are you engaged in neighbourhood planning and reached at least pre-submission stage? Do you want to share your first hand-experiences of the proces...

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Parishes and Communities to be exempt from appointing a DPO

Published: 11th May 2018

The House of Commons this week, during the Report Stage, accepted a Government amendment to the Data Protection Bill, the effect of which will be t...

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MPs look to rescue high streets

Published: 11th May 2018

The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has launched an inquiry into England’s ailing town centres as th...

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New welcome pack for charity trustees

Published: 1st May 2018

The Charity Commission has designed a welcome pack for new charity trustees. This pack can also be used by existing trustees to refresh knowledge a...

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James Brokenshire replaces Javid as Local Government Secretary

Published: 30th April 2018

James Brokenshire has been appointed new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government after Sajid Javid was named the new Home ...

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SLCC and NALC work together to promote good Information Governance

Published: 26th April 2018

NALC and SLCC representatives met on 23rd April for the inaugural meeting of a new sector body established to support local councils with informati...

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SLCC supports NALC Star Council Awards

Published: 23rd April 2018

SLCC is pleased to support the National Association of Local Councils’ Star Council Awards 2018. Categories include: Young Councillor of ...

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Membership of County Associations: Statement from SLCC

Published: 23rd April 2018

SLCC last week issued the following statement: “We have become aware of councils which have cancelled their membership of their local County As...

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Collaborative Working with Principal Councils

Published: 19th April 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) and NALC are launching a new guide on how principal authorities and town and parish councils can work more c...

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Win up to 50K pounds matched funding for your dream playground or fitness project!

Published: 17th April 2018

Make dreams come true for your community this year! KOMPAN have just launched their annual competition and you could be one of three winners of an ...

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Council Tax rises by 5.1%

Published: 16th April 2018

The average band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2018-19 is £1,671, an increase of £81 or 5.1% on last year’s figure of ...

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Childrens Funeral Fund for England

Published: 10th April 2018

The Prime Minister has announced a new Funeral Fund for grieving parents who have lost their child. Under the scheme, parents will no longer have ...

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Government to review powers dealing with unauthorised traveller development and encampments

Published: 6th April 2018

The Government has announced a fresh review of the powers around traveller developments and encampments, with a consultation seeking views on areas...

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Section 137 limit for 2018/19

Published: 29th March 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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Do you know who your External Auditor is?

Published: 23rd March 2018

All local councils in England have a new External Auditor. Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA Ltd), the body that appoints exter...

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Leadership in Action 2018: Full programme launched

Published: 21st March 2018

Be inspired by the country’s senior local government officer, Dawn Baxendale, CEO to Birmingham City Council Learn from the Information...

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Somerset councils merger approved

Published: 21st March 2018

A planned merger between West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane BC has been voted through, despite criticism from local councillors. Taunton Deane...

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Proposal to halve number of Welsh councils

Published: 21st March 2018

The Welsh Government has resurrected plans which could see Wales' 22 principal councils cut to 10, through mergers with local government secret...

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Locality announces new neighbourhood planning support

Published: 20th March 2018

Locality has announced that it will be extending its support for local groups to develop neighbourhood plans for another four years following the M...

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Report says Northants CC should be scrapped

Published: 16th March 2018

A report ordered by Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has recommended that Northamptonshire County Council should be scrapped, which would be ...

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GMB Union members vote to accept 2% pay rise for council staff

Published: 13th March 2018

The vast majority of GMB members have voted to accept the 2% local government pay offer. In a postal vote of all members, 94% have voted to acc...

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Government backs Buckinghamshire unitary council plan

Published: 13th March 2018

Proposals for a new unitary authority covering Buckinghamshire have been given the backing of the government. The plans would see the county counci...

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NAO warns that councils are at breaking point

Published: 8th March 2018

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned that many principal councils in England are on the verge of insolvency, due in large part to cuts in cen...

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Training Bursaries announced for Wales Clerks

Published: 8th March 2018

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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New guidance on local government investments

Published: 7th March 2018

The Government has published a new edition of its statutory guidance on local government investments. The new edition applies in England only, for ...

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Improving Your New Online Community

Published: 7th March 2018

Thank you very much to everyone who has kindly taken the trouble to comment about your new Online Community which is currently in the development s...

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National Planning Policy Framework to be overhauled

Published: 6th March 2018

The Prime Minister has announced a “major overhaul” of the National Planning Policy Framework (the key national planning document) to deliver t...

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Leadership in Action 2018: Now open for bookings!

Published: 27th February 2018

The major annual event for all those in the local council sector who want to develop their leadership skills is now available for bookings. We are ...

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Dorset councils to merge

Published: 27th February 2018

Plans to merge Dorset’s nine principal councils into two unitary authorities have been approved by the Secretary of State for Local Government. ...

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Labour could replace council tax with land value tax

Published: 23rd February 2018

The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) reports that Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has said that the Labour party is considering proposin...

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Last chance for Uckfield RTS early bird! Book Now!

Published: 19th February 2018

The next in the ever popular annual series of Regional Training Seminars is being held at East Sussex National Hotel near Uckfield on 21st March. ...

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Councils urged to drop royal wedding road closure fees

Published: 19th February 2018

Most Sunday newspapers report the Prime Minister is urging principal authorities to waive road closure charges for people hoping to celebrate the r...

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Church spires to boost broadband network

Published: 19th February 2018

Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, has announced that the Government has signed an agreement with the Church of England that will see church spire...

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Catherine and Stephanie win Came Community Governance Bursaries

Published: 12th February 2018

Many congratulations to Catherine Purves, Town Clerk with Wilton TC in Wiltshire, and Stephanie Bennett, Clerk to Hythe & Dibden PC in Hampshire, w...

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Super Suffolk districts get the go-ahead

Published: 12th February 2018

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to create two new ‘super districts’ with the councils in Suffolk. In a written mi...

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Planning policy rethink on the horizon

Published: 12th February 2018

The Daily Telegraph reports that changes to England's planning policy could come into effect this summer. Steve Quartermain, the Government...

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Weymouth a step closer to getting a town council

Published: 9th February 2018

Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's Management Committee have recommended that the council gives the go ahead to set up a new We...

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Womens Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme England

Published: 8th February 2018

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has opened a £1.5 million Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme for bids from voluntary or community organisations...

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Good Work Plan in response to Taylor report

Published: 7th February 2018

The Government has today published a ‘Good Work plan’ in response to Matthew Taylor’s review, 'Good work: the Taylor review of modern wor...

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Requirement to publish home addresses in local elections to be dropped

Published: 7th February 2018

Candidates standing as councillors in local elections will soon not have to publish their home addresses on ballot papers, says the Prime Minister....

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SLCC proudly celebrates Vote 100

Published: 6th February 2018

100 years ago Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women and all men, to vote for the first time. SLCC, as the professional body re...

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Town council Tories resign en masse

Published: 2nd February 2018

All Conservative members of Desborough Town Council in Northamptonshire have resigned amid allegations of "bullying, abuse and harassment" of forme...

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Wales local elections to try ‘innovative’ voting

Published: 31st January 2018

Welsh Local Government Secretary, Alun Davies, has said ballot boxes in supermarkets and Sunday voting could be trialled by principal councils as a...

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Shrewsburys indoor market voted Britains favourite

Published: 29th January 2018

Many congratulations to Shrewsbury Town Council, whose indoor market hall has been named Britain's Favourite Market. The award was made at ...

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Falmouth TC submits proposal to remove business rates from public toilets

Published: 29th January 2018

Many thanks to the 394 councils who completed the survey in support of Falmouth Town Council’s proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act for...

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Chichester Freedom for Major Tim sells out in 8 minutes!

Published: 29th January 2018

Major Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to carry out a spacewalk, is to be granted the Freedom of the City by Chichester City Council. Ma...

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Local election votes for Welsh 16 year olds

Published: 29th January 2018

The Welsh Government has announced plans to extend the right to vote in council elections to 16 and 17 year olds. Alun Davies, the Welsh Cabin...

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Practitioners Conference hits new record attendance

Published: 25th January 2018

For the third year running SLCC’s Practitioners' Conference, which this year will be held at Kenilworth on 22nd and 23rd February, has attrac...

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Community Governance - new home at De Montfort University

Published: 25th January 2018

SLCC is delighted to be able to launch its new academic partnership with De Montfort University (DMU). Enrolment is now open until 15th February fo...

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NALC Lobby Day 2018

Published: 25th January 2018

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is holding its fourth annual lobby day Parliament of which is expected to be the largest demonstr...

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First RTS of 2018 sells out

Published: 24th January 2018

The first Regional Training Seminar of 2018, at Whittlebury Hall, Milton Keynes on 31st January has sold out! This follows the pattern set last yea...

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Unite recommends local government members reject pay offer

Published: 23rd January 2018

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is to hold a consultative ballot of its members in local government covered by the “green book” with a recomme...

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Neighbourhood Planning changes

Published: 19th January 2018

A series of neighbourhood plan regulations were approved by Parliament this week. These include a requirement from the end of July 2018 for local ...

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Fracking firm finds gas at Lancashire site

Published: 15th January 2018

The Financial Times reports that gas exploration and production firm, Cuadrilla, is “very encouraged” after locating a “very sizeable quantit...

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Reaching Communities, England - Big Lottery Fund

Published: 15th January 2018

Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000 upwards and funding ...

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Unite urges rejection of 2% pay offer

Published: 15th January 2018

The Unite trade union (one of three unions representing the staff side of the National Joint Council) has recommended that local government workers...

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Governments green plan pledges strengthened planning rules and enhanced green belt

Published: 15th January 2018

The Government has set out its plans to protect the natural environment and increase biodiversity across the UK. Launched by DEFRA, the Plan provi...

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Tourist tax considered in Bath

Published: 11th January 2018

A tourist tax is being considered by Bath and North East Somerset Council. The £1 per night charge for visitors staying in Bath hotels would ...

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New guidelines call for homes for people and wildlife

Published: 11th January 2018

The Wildlife Trusts are today launching 'Homes for people and wildlife - how to build housing in a nature-friendly way', which shows how n...

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Green light for fracking exploration in West Sussex

Published: 10th January 2018

Fracking company, Cuadrilla, has been granted unanimous approval by West Sussex County Council to carry out exploratory work to test the viability ...

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Transparency Fund - your last chance for Government funding

Published: 9th January 2018

The Government funding to help smaller councils in England comply with the requirements of the Smaller Authorities Transparency Fund is coming to a...

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External Auditor training webinar 23 January

Published: 9th January 2018

PKF Littlejohn, the new External Auditors to the majority of councils in England, have asked us to thank everyone who kindly responded to their inv...

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Prime Minister rebrands DCLG to MHCLG

Published: 9th January 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that her government’s renewed focus on housing will be reflected in the title of the Whitehall departmen...

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SLCC welcomes NALC Chairmans New Year Message

Published: 8th January 2018

Your Society warmly welcomes the New Year Statement issued by the Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Councillor Sue Bax...

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Taylor Report recommends clarity on parish councils power to fund church buildings

Published: 2nd January 2018

The report of the Taylor Commission which reviewed the sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals has recommended that the Government clarif...

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No referendum principles for English Parishes for the next three years

Published: 20th December 2017

When presenting the Local Government finance settlement to the House of Commons yesterday, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Governm...

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Milton Keynes Regional Training Seminar - Early Bird Closing Soon!

Published: 20th December 2017

Don’t miss out on the early bird pricing for your Regional Training Seminar being held at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester on 31st January 2018. Early...

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Automatic Enrolment: Thresholds for 2018/19

Published: 19th December 2017

The Government has announced the salary thresholds for automatic enrolment for 2018/19. The most relevant for local councils are: the ...

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Princes fund plans rural research

Published: 19th December 2017

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced a major project examining the sustainability of rural communities. It has appointed Professor Sar...

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Studying for CiLCA is now even easier!

Published: 13th December 2017

SLCC is delighted to announce that EMMA, the online EPortal through which candidates can complete their portfolio for the Certificate in Local Coun...

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