We thought we'd take the opportunity to give a brief update and wish you a merry (and Covid free) Christmas and a restful break after what has been a busy year, particularly in respect of Covid related matters.
Posted: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:30 by Helen Carrier
We have seen in the news that Covid cases are rising and have heard of people we know testing positive. As such, we are taking this opportunity to remind you of the corporate NALC guidance issued in July further to Covid restrictions being lifted.
At this stage there is no indication that the government plans to introduce or reintroduce any preventative measures. Bearing in mind remote meetings are... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:30 by Helen Carrier
Harassment of council staff and councillors – recent case
In the case of Ashford Borough Council and Kerly v Fergus Wilson  EWHC 2542 (QB) the council sought a final anti-harassment injunction to protect staff, members and agents from a campaign of harassment and intimidation from the defendant, a local large-scale landlord. In July 2020 the High Court granted an interim injunction restraining... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 14:30 by Helen Carrier
The question has recently arisen as to what happens when a chair dies in post. S.15 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972 provides that the chair shall be elected annually by the council from among the councillors. What happens outside of then? S.88 deals with the filling of a casual vacancy in the case of the chair, as the death of a councillor creates a casual vacancy. S.88 (1) provides that on a... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021 14:30 by Helen Carrier
Further to the above advice on approving reasons for councillor absences, we advised recently on a case where a council did not want to hold in person meetings so delegated all powers to the clerk and held remote meetings to advise the clerk on councillors' views of how to deal with specific issues. On the basis the council had not approved the reasons for absence at a council meeting during the relevant... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 14:30 by Helen Carrier
Since the last update we have attended a number of county association events. Gary remotely attended a Worcestershire councillors' meeting in September and gave a legal update. Jane attended the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ALC conference in-person in September and the County Durham ALC AGM remotely in October and delivered legal updates. Thank you as always for the invites. Jane also remotely attended... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 13:46 by Helen Carrier
NALC has published its new report on what can local councils do on climate change.
The report aimed to paint an accurate picture of how climate change is being tackled by local (parish and town) councils and identify the challenges they face. In doing so, NALC can better understand how to support local councils in creating more sustainable communities.
The research found that 38% of participating councils... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 02 Nov 2021 09:15 by Helen Carrier
NALC have issued a policy consultation briefing on the DEFRA consultation into the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Posted: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 15:00 by Helen Carrier
In view of this morning's sad announcement the following statement has been issued by NALC:
"It is with great sadness that the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
"I know that those in the local (parish and town) council sector would join me in extending their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:09 by Helen Carrier
Join the online event on planning and power, taking place on 28 July 2021.
The Planning White Paper in 2020 signalled a new sense of direction in the world of planning as the government seeks to meet housing targets and provide places for people to live. But at what cost to local democracy? Hear from an expert panel on where the local flow of power has gone and where it is going.
The expert panel features:... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00 by Helen Carrier