Support for Councils and Clerks

Coastal Fountain Fund 2024 Is Now Open

The Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund 2024 is now open for applications. Each applicant can bid for up to £2,500 to fund the purchase of one water bottle refill station. The fund aims to tackle the increasing problem of plastic bottles accumulating in marine and coastal locations as they damage these environments and the species that call them home.

NALC Legal Update – December 2023

Can a Council request reimbursement for fees it incurred for councillors undertaking training who left the council within six months of being elected?

NALC Calls For Oflog Remit To Include Local Councils

The National Association of Local Councils has called for the Office for Local Government’s (Oflog) remit to include England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils. Strengthening accountability and transparency of local councils and put them up for more scrutiny to increase their effectiveness and drive improvement.

Power To Fund Works To Property Relating To Affairs Of The Church Or Held For An Ecclesiastical Chairty

National ALC has issued Legal briefing L02-23 to take into account the Government’s amendment to the Local Government Act 1894 in the form of a new section 19A (as inserted by section 82 of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023), which came into force on 26 December. Meaning councils are not prohibited from using powers, other than in the 1894 Act, for spending money on works to property relating to affairs of the church or held for an ecclesiastical charity.

Flexible Working Act 2023 and Carers Leave Entitlement

Employees will have more rights to request a change to the number of hours they
work each week, as well as their start and finish times. It also includes the right to request home working. Plus employees who have caring responsibilities for a dependent will be able to request up to 4 weeks unpaid leave in a 12 month period.

New Model Contract Of Employment For Local Councils

The new model contract incorporates Green Book terms, which both NALC and SLCC recommend councils offer to align with the best practices within the local government sector. Offering good terms of employment supports the recruitment and retention of a high-quality workforce and demonstrates that the council is a good employer that values its staff.