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Journalists and inspection of parish and town council accounts

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:00

Grant Thornton - Limited Assurance 2016/17 - Bulletin 3 – New rights of inspection

Journalists now have the right to inspect the accounts (but it's still only electors who can raise questions and objections with the external auditor).

The Local Audit ...

New guide to elector's rights to challenge parish council accounts at audit time

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 14:06

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law.

Click here for the guide ...

Top tip – Election of Chairman and Annual Parish Council Meetings

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 16:05

By the end of this month every Parish Council should have held their Annual Parish Council Meeting, and the Chairman of the Parish Council should have called the Annual Parish Meeting (which must be held by 1st June each year).

LRALC is aware from some of the ...

New Good Councillors Guide 2017 Published

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:10

The all new Good Councillors Guide is now published (see link below) and is recommended reading for all local council Councillors as essential reading. Its also great for Clerks!

As always, delegates attending LRALC Chairman's training and Councillor training will ...

General Election and Purdah Rules

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:30

A General Election will take place 8 June 2017, this follows an announcement by the prime minister on Tuesday and a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Purdah for the General Election is likely to start on the day that Parliament is dissolved – expected to be 3 May – and continue until ...

Standards Day - The Code of Conduct and Standards Arrangements event

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 13:33

Your Chief Officer is attending a Code of Conduct and Standards Arrangements event today in London (hosted by CCLA) which is discussing the eternally thorny subject of the national Standards regime for parish and town councils.

There are times when Code of ...

Parish Councils and Grant Giving

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:03

Unfortunately from time to time a case arises nationally where it is clear that a Parish Council has given a grant to an external body with "no strings attached", i.e. no form of written agreement or conditions specified, even in terms of simple reporting back by the beneficiary of the grant. Virtually ...

New Governance and Accountability guide published

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 21:35

Finally the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG) has published the new Governance and Accountability Guide. At their February meeting JPAG approved some modest amendments to the wording of the guide and while the content is not greatly changed a minor error affecting parish meetings has been ...

NALC Purdah Guidance

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:28

In advance of the upcoming mayoral combined authority, county and parish elections (in some areas) NALC has reissued its legal briefing L02-17 Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity [England] (March 2017) which includes guidance on purdah ...

Leicestershire County Council Election Purdah Period

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 22:56

The pre-election 'purdah' period for the Leicestershire County Council elections has now begun (as of 13th March). All parish and town councils in Leicestershire need to be aware of the rules around purdah. The briefing here provides guidance.

Grant Thornton Annual Return and External Audit 2016-17 Briefing

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:04

Last week at the LRALC External Audit briefing Grant Thornton announced that the Annual Return and associated information will be sent out later than usual this year (end of March/early April) due to responsibility for issuing the Annual Return nationally shifting to SAAA (Smaller Authorities' Audit ...

LRALC Strategic Plan 2017-2020 Now Published

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:46

At the Monday 6th LRALC Executive Committee meeting the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan was adopted following a period of consultation with member councils and other stakeholders.

The plan can be found below.

Book Now For NALC Good Councillors Spring Conference

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:45

The Good Councillors Spring Conference is a great one-day event for local (parish and town) councillors and councils from across the country to discuss policy ideas, network and get motivated for your day-to-day work in communities.

The day will comprise of a ...

Leicestershire County Council Current Consultations

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:59

A reminder to our member councils that current LCC consultations can be accessed on this dedicated webpage. This includes the current opportunity to have your say on proposed highways maintenance changes.

Cancellation of Chairman's Training - 9th February 2017

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 08:18

Unfortunately, due to illness, the Chairman's Training planned for this morning (9th February 2017) is cancelled. If you have delegates booked to attend please inform them as soon as possible. The LRALC office will also be contacting those parishes concerned ...

A Councillor's Workbook on Neighbourhood and Community Engagement

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:29

Neighbourhood and community engagement has a rightful place as one of the key processes involved in planning and decision making. As such, it should not be viewed as an additional task, but as a core part of the business of local councils.

This workbook has ...

Keep it Local for Better Services - Devolved Services Guide for Councillors

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:59

Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity's challenges.

But there is a better way: ...

How safe are your files?

Rutland and Leicestershire BBC News Feed - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 20:25

A valuable lesson can be learnt from the unfortunate and costly experience of Tiverton Town Council who lost 2 years worth of computer files just by opening one email. The email contained ransomware and anti-virus software was powerless to stop it.

Not only ...

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