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High street guru to speak at NALC online event series

Bill Grimsey (formerly of Iceland and Wickes) will join NALC's online event, Leaders' talk: Building back stronger communities on 25 August 2020. Mr Grimsey will talk about his latest report Build, Back, Better, repairing the neglected social fabric of high...

New report urges ‘fairer’ approach to devolution in county areas

A new report exploring the devolution agenda has concluded that government should provide substantive powers and budgets to county authorities and unitary councils urgently, to give them the best possible chance to address the economic impact of Coronavirus....

NALC update re community facilities

NALC has updated its coronavirus information. This includes an update on community facilities. See the update below:

Community facilities

The government guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities has been updated. These updates reflect changes...

REMINDER - NALC Coronavirus Support Webpage

A reminder to member councils that our colleagues at NALC have pulled together resources produced by themselves, County Associations, Government, and a range of sector specialists/trade bodies on their Coronavirus Webpage.

It compiles a range of excellent guidance...

Update from GOV.UK – COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

The government have published the following update which is relevant to parish and town councils:

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Page summary
Guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use...

Corona Virus Job Retention Grant Scheme – Furlough Leave – Update

1 The New Kickstart Scheme

  • The government will fund six-month job placements with a minimum of 25 hours per week, through Universal Credit, for 350,000 young people aged 18 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Under the scheme, which will open for...

NALC & SLCC supporting local councils to reopen playgrounds safely

A number of national bodies with interests in play NALC (National Association of Local Councils), SLCC (the Society of Local Council Clerks), The Play Safety Forum (PSF), Association of Play Industries (API) & The Register of Play Inspectors International...

Government advises Parish Councils to continue meeting digitally

Government continue to recommend that where meetings can take place digitally without the need for face-to-face contact, they should continue to do so. Where community facilities need to be used for physical meetings, these meetings should be managed within...

Community Foundation Coronavirus Support Fund

In light of the news of a return to lockdown following a spike in Coronavirus cases in Leicester we wanted to make you aware that the Community Foundation's Coronavirus Support Fund is still open and accepting applications

The funders are keen to support charitable...

Coronavirus - Multi-purpose community facilities guidance

The government produced guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities and guidance for the safe use of council buildings which include what activities can take place from 4 July and what practical steps can be taken to manage risks.

Lockdown extended for Leicester

It has just been announced that Leicester is to enter an extended period of lockdown, with extra funding going to all principle authorities in Leicestershire to help support businesses and those forced to self-isolate.

Schools will close and non-essential shops...

Coronavirus - Guidance on Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

Up to date government guidance on the reopening of Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms can be found here.

The document predominantly provides guidance rather than requirements on how operators can approach the re-opening of facilities and it has a clear message that...

Coronavirus - Letter to Councils with Public Toilets

Councils who are responsible for public toilets should refer to the letter referenced here. We know a number of our councils provide these facilities and the letter provides some guidance on their reopening.

Employee Pay Award 2020-21

Many councils have contracts in place with their staff (even where they only have one employee, i.e. the clerk) which entitles the employee to receive the national cost of living pay award as part of the National Joint Council (NJC) terms and conditions.

The...

Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms to Remain Closed - Government

Government yesterday (13th May 2020) issued guidance regarding the reopening of open spaces.

The guidance can be found here

However, the guidance says that playgrounds and outdoor gyms must remain closed, as well as raising other issues for maintaining social...