The National Association of Local Councils' (NALC) Larger Councils’ Committee met on 26 January 2016 and following intelligence that high street bank closure in many market towns of south west England is a major problem.
NALC's Sustainable Communities Advisory Board met on 11 December 2015 and agreed to write again to Government reiterating the position that parishes should be statutory consultees in all aspects of the planning system including large cross border housing applications.
The National Association of Local Council's All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Democracy met on 18 November 2015 and held an evidence session on devolution where it agreed that far more power, services and assets should be devolved to parishes as part of the government’s devolution agenda.
Currently the post office network is undergoing its biggest restructuring in decades. The aim of this transformation programme is to maintain the size of a network of approximately 11,500 branches and ensure it is financially sustainable for the future by converting around three quarters of the network to new operating models.
NALC Policy Committee met on 3 November 2015 and urged the Chancellor to continue to exempt parish councils from referendum principles in his Autumn Statement and Spending Review on 25 November 2015.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has demanded that Government’s devolution plans must include communities, neighbourhoods and parishes through the publication of its Devo Local paper.
DCLG has recently published a short, informative paper promoting the involvement of parish councils in Devolution Deals.
The NALC Sustainable Communities Board met on 11 September and Cllr Derek Liddell was re-elected as Board Chairman for 2015-16. The Board agreed to re-submit the Burton on the Wolds (Leics.) Parish Council proposal to DCLG on asking for non-councillors to have voting rights on Neighbourhood Planning Committees (as they currently do for tourism, land, festival and harbour management committees) – under the Parish and Community Councils (Committees) Regulations, 1990.
We need stronger and more robust local community media to scrutinise local councils. If this does not happen then local democracy will be weaker for it.
From the very beginning stages of the Our Place programme, also known as the Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot, the parish sector has been involved in this new approach to bringing the community together to join up public service delivery.
Kidderminster residents voted 80% in favour of the creation of a new town council on 7 May 2015 in a referendum held at the same time as national and local elections.
Could the door be open for the creation of a new town council in Spalding, the only unparished part of South Holland in Lincolnshire?
Does your parish or town council want to better connect with community groups? If so, take a look at the My Community Network on the Just Act forum. To find out what's on offer, join us next Wednesday 1 April 2015 - from 1:30pm NALC's very own Justin Griggs will be on hand to answer your questions.
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is to host a live phone-in on neighbourhood planning with Brandon Lewis MP, minister for Housing and Planning on 10 March 2015.
DCLG would like lots of people involved or interested in neighbourhood planning to join conversation – including from the local (parish and town) council sector.