NALC chairman thanks council clerks for stepping up during the pandemic
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has thanked the clerks of local (parish, town an community) councils for their tremendous effort and dedication in supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) Virtual National Conference 2020, Cllr Baxter heaped praise on thousands of clerks in England and Wales “who are the driving force behind our councils”, stating communities “wouldn’t be in as good a place as we are today without your tremendous effort and dedication – with true heartfelt feelings, thank you, clerks, everywhere”.
In a wide-ranging speech on the theme of rebuilding communities, NALC’s chairman reflected on the last six months and sought the help of the profession in being catalysts for change and placemaking, promoting the work of councils especially with MPs and engaging positively with partners such as principal authorities.
Cllr Baxter also used her speech to reiterate NALC’s calls on the government to act on the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and introduce sanctions for poor behaviour.
An extensive question and answer session included issues such as pay, terms and conditions, training and diversity.