DEC
06

Ordinary people, extraordinary communities 

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AUTHOR: TRACEY ROBBINS, HEAD OF UK DELIVERY AT EDEN PROJECT COMMUNITIES


After nearly two years of Lockdowns and restrictions and in the face of multiple global crises, local councils will know all too well that community spirit and resilience are needed now more than ever before. And yet, research carried out before The Big Lunch 2021 (the UK’s annual date to celebrate neighbours and community) showed that over half the population felt anxious, apprehensive, or scared about socialising without restrictions. 10 million people thought they’d forgotten how to have a proper conversation. Our communities needed coaxing out and permission and a reason to connect – and I’m pleased to say that The Big Lunch provided the perfect tonic.

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DEC
01

Cybersecurity — Keeping data safe

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ANDY HALL, CYBER INSURANCE SPECIALIST AT BHIB COUNCILS INSURANCE


With a significant increase in home working, it is essential to consider what security measures you have in place.

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NOV
30

It’s all app’ening with Microsoft 365   

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AUTHOR: DAVID HALL, DIRECTOR AT CLOUDY IT


Back in August (how long ago that now seems!), Microsoft 365 announced its first significant price rise for commercial users since the launch of Office 365 in June 2011. Those 10 years have seen huge changes in the platform, developing it from what many people then regarded as a set of worthy but unexciting programs for word-processing, data-crunching, email-sending and slide-presenting into an all-powerful software suite that’s been known as Microsoft 365 since 2017.

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NOV
29

Local councils as community leaders

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NEIL HOMER, DIRECTOR AT ONEILL HOMER LTD


Neighbourhood planning has come a long way in the last decade. Given its origins and untested introduction in 2011, it’s perhaps surprising that it has fared so well in the face of many challenges.

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NOV
24

It is time to level up town and parish councils

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AUTHOR: JENEVIEVE TREADWELL, RESEARCHER AT ONWARD


Up and down the country, councillors and clerks are working with their communities to protect and improve the places they live. But they are doing so with one hand tied behind their back, with fewer powers and resources than other forms of local government. This system undercuts the impressive work that town and parish councils already do to help their communities take ownership of their place. It is time that we recognised their potential and gave them the powers and resources to take back control.

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NOV
22

Dangers of using spreadsheets for managing parish, town and community council finances

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AUTHOR: JOHN FAGAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT SCRIBE


Did you know 88% of spreadsheets have errors?

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