LALC eNews 13th October 2023

Training courses are available to book via the portal (login required)

The Training Bulletin is issued monthly, and courses are available to book via the portal. If there is any specific training which you feel would be valuable, and we don’t currently offer it, please let us know and we will investigate. The Training Bulletin can be found on the LALC website

Clerks – when booking training for your councillors, please ensure that their email address is correct. If not, they will not receive the booking confirmation or any joining instructions.

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Current vacancies


Closing date

Edenham Parish Council


No closing date

Billinghay Parish Council


15th September

Addlethorpe Parish Council


11th September

Helpringham Parish Council


15th September

Baston Parish Council


30th November

Marston Parish Council


30th September

North Kelsey Parish Council


19th October

Hough on the Hill Parish Council


14th October

Wildmore Parish Council


5th November


Vacancy advertising

LALC can advertise your vacancy on our website and in the fortnightly eNews. This is a free service. If you do not have a pre-prepared advert to send us, please complete our Vacancy Template, which can be found in the Members Portal under Document Templates.    

We also offer a paid advertising service, costing £60, which ensures that your advert also appears on Lincolnshire County Council’s website, Indeed and LinkedIn (in addition to the LALC website and eNews). Please complete the Vacancy Template (as above), ensuring that all requested information is completed, and then contact us at You will be invoiced for this service.

Please note that Lincolnshire County Council require a closing date on their advert, as well as salary information (these are mandatory fields). LCC will remove your advert once the closing date has passed, so please consider the date carefully as you will have to pay again to re-advertise if your vacancy hasn’t been filled by then.

We recommend all councils advertise their vacancy, job details, method of application and up to date contact details on their own website too.

Please let us know when the vacancy has been filled, so that we can remove it from our website/eNews. If your vacancy has not yet been filled and you are continuing to advertise, please let us know of any revised closing date. If you no longer specify a closing date, please let us know so that we can update the vacancy adverts.

The NALC Recruitment Manual (developed as part of the Civility & Respect project) is now available via the portal.  Go into Knowledgebase and click on 'Recruitment Manual' in the 'Employment' menu area. 

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Don’t forget to book your place on the Clerk’s Networking Day/SLCC AGM

The Clerk’s Networking Day incorporating the SLCC Lincolnshire Branch AGM is taking place on 22nd November, 10:00 – 15:30 at Cranwell Village Hall.

The morning session will be jointly run by LALC and Pam Flint (Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service) and will focus on:

Mental health awareness/first aid and next steps 

o Identifying, managing, and ideas for reducing stress

o Promoting good mental health in the workplace

o Self-care and resilience

o Work-life balance

o Signposting to organisations and information for help

o There will be some resources available to take away

o Setting personal action plans

In the afternoon there will be:

LALC session on Clerk & Council Training Development

o Development paths for Clerks

o Recommended development paths for councillors

o Local Council Award Scheme

SLCC AGM (Non SLCC members can remain to network and raise any other issues they wish with LALC)

LALC will also be asking attendees for suggestions for “An evening with….” sessions which we hope to arrange

This is also your chance to come and network with colleagues.

Places are available for £20 plus VAT and can be booked via the portal.

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New – Project Management & Funding training

Following feedback from our members, LALC, in conjunction with Amy Lennox, will be putting on Project Management & Funding training on 21st November, 10:00 – 15:30 at Welbourn Village Hall.

The session will cover:

Identifying why and when you need a project 

Identifying what benefits it will deliver

Clarifying what you are actually going to deliver

Finding funding

Actual delivery of the project – management, resources, reporting, stages/timescales, constraints

How do you know when the project has ended?

What may need to be put in place for day-to-day support/maintenance/‘business as usual’

Identifying lessons for future projects

Reviewing whether the project has delivered the expected benefits

This is non-core training and will cost £65 plus VAT. Places will be available to book via the portal soon.

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What does the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023, mean for Town and parish Councils?

The above legislation has now been passed by Parliament and is expected to come into effect in September 2024.

The purpose of the Act is to create a more secure work environment for people on Zero Hours contracts, as well as Fixed Term contracts of 12 months or less.

Employees with 26 weeks continuous service on a zero hours contract, or fixed term contract, will be able to request:

Regular hours.

Regular days.

If they are engaged on a fixed term contract of 12 months or less, they can request that the contract be extended for a longer period or made permanent.

The worker must submit their request in writing and the Council is obliged to fully investigate it.  If the Council wishes to reject the offer it must be for one or more of the following reasons:

1. Additional costs.

2. Potential damage to customer service.

3. Detrimental  impact on recruiting staff.

4. Detrimental effects on other aspects of the business.

5. Lack of work.

If the request is turned down the Employee can Appeal.  If the Appeal is turned down the Employee can make a claim to an Employment Tribunal based on the Employer’s failure to prove that their reasons had been properly investigated and were based on points 1-5 above.  The claim would be for loss of statutory rights under the new Act, which would enable them to claim Unfair / Constructive Dismissal, which could award them up to 12 months pay. 

Workers who have less than two years’ service would be able to submit a claim.

Is Stress a Disability?

The diagnosis of Work Related Stress is extremely common throughout the UK workforce and something most Councils are likely to encounter at some point.

The common perception of stress is that it is a short-term issue.  Most Case Law treats it as a relatively time limited response to events, either at work, personal or both.  As a consequence it has not met the definition of a disability, which is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term adverse effect on an Employees ability to carry out day to day activities.  To be long term, the usual reference point is 12 months.  Incidents of stress are usually short term and do not meet this definition.  Consequently, Employees have not been able to claim Disability Discrimination if they have been sacked or treated unfavourably due to suffering from stress.

This was recently challenged in Morris v Lauren Richards.  Morris had taken time off due to stress and was sacked.  As she only had 20 months continuous service she was unable to claim Unfair Dismissal.  Instead she submitted a claim for Disability Discrimination based on her diagnosis of Work Related Stress.

The original Tribunal decision was similar to previous Case Law as her stress was unlikely to last for 12 months or more.  This was particularly the case as her diagnosis was Work Related Stress.  Once she had been sacked, work would no longer cause her stress, and so the problem would not meet the time criteria.

However on appeal to the EAT Morris’s claim was successful.  The Judge ruled that it was wrong to think that Work Related Stress ends with the Employee’s employment in the job.  What had not been investigated before she was sacked was whether or not the stress would stop once she stopped doing the job.  There was no investigation or medical report to indicate one way or the other.  Consequently Morris was able to claim Disability Discrimination. 


Chris Moses LLM Chartered FCIPD is Managing Director of Personnel Advice & Solutions Ltd.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law. 

If you have any questions regarding these issues please feel free to contact him on (01529) 305056 or email

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SLCC update on Local Government Pay Claim

The Unions are due to meet after the GMB Ballot closes on 24 October and thereafter we hope that the settlement will be agreed and paid. It is hoped that this will be in time for the November pay, which will be some seven months after the anniversary date.

In the meantime, the employers’ side advises very strongly against imposing or implementing any pay increase as an interim payment before the collective bargaining process has concluded. Doing so they add would not only fragment the unity of the employers’ position but would also leave councils vulnerable to questions being asked by auditors about why, in the absence of a national collective agreement, expenditure has been incurred.

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Calling young councillors (under 40) 

We’re looking to mirror some of the NALC national councillor networks, starting with a Lincolnshire Young Councillor network. If you’re a councillor under 40 and would be interested in forming a local network, please get in touch with us.

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Emergency Volunteers and Community Emergency Planning with Lincolnshire Resilience Forum (LRF)

We are holding an information evening for anyone who may wish to volunteer their time to support us before, during and after emergency situations. 

Volunteering to support emergency services in times of crisis is vitally important, no matter how much time you have to give. 

Book your place now and see what difference you can make. 

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Venue: County Emergency Centre, South Park Avenue, Lincoln. LN5 8EL

The LRF and Ready for Anything Volunteers working together to save lives, livelihoods and the environment.

Link to the booking form: 

More information about the LOCAL Resilience Forum: 

Please follow LRF on Facebook and X for the latest updates.

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ICCM Management of Memorials – Inspection training in Lincolnshire

ICCM have arranged Management of Memorials Inspection training for 25th April 2024 in Ruskington.

This training is being put on by ICCM and must be booked direct with them (it cannot be booked via LALC):

The cost is £150 plus VAT for ICCM members and £180 plus VAT for non-ICCM members.

ICCM have confirmed they are happy for LALC to publicise this course.

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Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – ‘FOI in 90 seconds’ guide

The ICO have created a short guide on FOI for public authority staff:

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Launch of 2024 Star Energy (formerly IGas) Community Fund

The 2024 grants process for the Star Energy Community Fund has been launched. 

Launched in 2008, the fund – which was formerly known as the IGas Community Fund – has to date awarded well over £1 million worth of grants to help communities in specific areas where the company operates.

Further details can be found at the Star Energy Community Fund website: 


Immediate: potential applicants should register by email to with a project summary then complete a full online application form if invited to do so

29 February 2024: deadline for full applications to be received

March 2024: grants panel meets to agree allocation of funding

April 2024: grants available

For 2024, we welcome applications for funding up to a maximum of £2,000. We are looking for projects that an award of this nature can 'make happen'.

Any project for which a grant is sought must fulfil the eligibility criteria as stated on the Star Energy Community Fund website and must either be located within the qualifying areas listed below or provide demonstrable benefit to residents in those specific areas.

Lincolnshire:  Within 5 miles of the Star Energy Corringham site (DN21 5RH), Glentworth site (DN21 5DH), Gainsborough/Beckingham site (DN21 1AY) or Welton site (LN2 2QX).

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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance – how local councils can help

Did you know?

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance brings the equivalent of a hospital emergency department directly to the scene of some of the most serious incidents in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  We attend on average 4 potentially life-saving missions every single day, 365 days of the year. Last year, the helicopter and critical care cars responded to a record 1,620 incidents, from serious road traffic collisions to agricultural injuries and cardiac arrests.

2023 is set to be even busier.

Our crew carries the most up to date life-saving equipment. This enables our dedicated doctor and critical care paramedic team to give advanced pain relief, carry out emergency medical procedures, such as open-heart surgery, and give blood transfusions at the scene. These interventions can make the difference in saving a patient’s life.

We receive no direct funding from the government and rely on the generosity and goodwill of supporters through donations and fundraising to raise £10m this year to support our work.

Three ways your parish could help:

1. Request a talk. What is a HEMS paramedic? What equipment does our helicopter carry? Our fundraising team would love to visit your parish and give you an informative talk about who we are and what we do.

2. Display our posters. Will you join us in raising awareness and display a poster about how people can support the vital work of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance on your noticeboards?

3. Share our news. We would love you to help spread the word and include our news in your parish magazines. Please feel free to use any of the information that we include in this newsletter. If you want more information or photographs just let us know.

About Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance:


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Government Grant Finding Service

Looking for grant opportunities for your town, parish or community council? If so, you may find the government’s new ‘Find a grant’ service useful. The service allows you to search and filter government grant funding options that may match your council’s needs, as well as giving you information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

Access the Find a Grant service:

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New SLCC Podcast – ‘How Training Your Clerk Can Benefit Your Community’

SLCC’s podcast ‘How Training Your Clerk Can Benefit Your Community’ is now live on our (SLCC’s) website (no login required). In this episode Shelley Parker FSLCC, SLCC External Affairs & Policy Development Manager, is joined by Henry Massey, Chair to Broadclyst Parish Council in Devon. Henry shares his local council journey and highlights the wide range of work his and other parish councils are involved with, including local projects, raising the precept and being at the heart of planning and development.

He particularly champions the importance of having a well-trained clerk to guide the council through the challenges that come with all of this alongside the running of services and facilities – that training is a real investment for the future of our communities.

Listen to the podcast: (Duration - 25 minutes)

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Introduction to Community Action Course – FREE

Eden Project Communities have launched a new Introduction to Community Action course for anyone interested in making a difference in their community.

Jam-packed with workshops, inspirational talks, networking and fun, the Introduction to Community Action course is fully funded, but in high demand so get your application in now!

The next course starts on Monday 6 November, and takes place over 5 weeks with one online evening session per week.

Find out more:

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15 ideas to help community spirit soar high all year round


Host a Big Lunch


You can hold a Big Lunch anytime, anywhere! Whether it’s a chat over a slice of cake or a full dinner, come together to share some friendship, food and festive fun and you’ll give your community spirit a real boost.


Start a private WhatsApp, Facebook or Nextdoor group for your street


Share ideas, have discussions and stay in the loop with each other. You could drop a card through everyone’s door asking if they’d like to be added. If you don’t know everyone’s names yet, ask all members to ask their neighbours left and right so that eventually everyone’s been invited.


Start a Monthly Meet Up


This can be in a format that suits your neighbourhood. Perhaps it’s in the church hall at the end of the street, or maybe you take it in turns to host – with a different theme each time! It could be potluck dinners, wine and cheese nights or even Sunday brunch! From here you can discuss further projects, clubs and fun activities.


Spread a little kindness


If you haven’t got time to organise an event or start an initiative, don’t worry! A little goes a long way when it comes to boosting community spirit. Simply bringing in the neighbours’ bin, leaving out surplus fruit and veg, baking and toys or offering to take their dog for a walk are lovely ways to spread a little kindness – and without spending a penny.


Have a Street Swap day


One neighbour’s trash is another one’s treasure. Organise a morning where people can put out good quality items they no longer want, free to go to a good neighbour’s home!


Sign up to Streetbank


Streetbank is a website that lets groups create a bank of handy items—think ladders, backpacks, trailers etc. where people can borrow items easily, and also request items to easily ask if one exists in their community.


Start a community project


Think of something your group can take ownership of and be proud of: maybe a communal veggie garden, an art project, a walking school bus, or a phone booth book swap! A perfect way to give your community spirit a boost. We’ve got lots of advice and inspiration to help you start a community project.


Look after your elderly and vulnerable neighbours


See if anyone in your neighbourhood would benefit from help with shopping, appointments or home maintenance. Or perhaps they’d just like someone to pop over for a cup of tea once in a while! If you’re happy to reach out, you could always post a friendly note through letterboxes to let them know how they could get in touch.


Have a street working bee


Get together and have a street clean up and gardening day—pick up litter, weed hedges and footpath edges, remove or paint over graffiti—then celebrate your sparkling clean street with a shared meal. Find more tips for making your community greener.


Arrange a play day for the kids


Plan some fun activities—maybe the ‘Fun Olympics’ in a local park or hall so that children of the neighbourhood get to know each other and make new friends.


Create a ‘Street scrapbook’


Gather stories, photos, clippings, drawings and quotes etc. from all neighbours and create a scrapbook that captures the community’s spirit—add to it or create a new one each year to reminisce over in future years.


Walk together


Getting active is easier when there’s a group waiting for you. Start a group for regular walking, whether it’s a pre-work power walk, a mid-morning march or a sun-down saunter! During the darker months, you could organise a living advent calendar in your neighbourhood and host a walk to discover all the windows.


Volunteer together


Identify a cause you’re passionate about and get to know each other while giving back!


Fundraise for community improvement


Organise a weekly raffle, mow lawns, clean cars, sell cakes—you get the idea—to raise money for a community initiative that will make you all happier. Maybe a neighbourhood picnic table, a children’s playground area, a neighbourhood marquee or BBQ, or a base kitty so you’re sorted when a need arises. We’ve got some ideas to help you get started on fundraising for your community.


Look for community funding opportunities


Keep your eyes peeled for pots of community funding to help you with your projects. Start with Funding Central and your local council, and make sure to keep an eye on social media too. Read our advice on how to find funding for your community.


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NALC blog: Why should you use social media in a consultation?

Author: Katerina Sukstul, head of platform delivery and engagement at GoCollaborate

In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, local authorities find themselves at a crossroads, facing the dual challenges of engaging their communities effectively and adapting to the ever-increasing demands for transparency and participation in decision-making processes. 

The answer to these challenges lies in the power of social media, a dynamic platform that has transformed how we communicate and interact. As we move towards a more connected society, it becomes increasingly imperative for local authorities to harness the potential of social media in their consultation efforts. 

This article explores the compelling reasons why local authorities should embrace social media as a tool to foster engagement, inclusivity, and transparency in their decision-making processes, ultimately building stronger, more resilient communities. From widening the list of stakeholders you can connect with to providing feedback on the outcomes and consequences of a consultation, online engagement can enrich the methodology of what you can deliver in your pre-consultation, dialogue (live) stage and post-consultation.

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NALC Banking meeting with Barclays

NALC’s chair Cllr Keith Stevens, policy manager Chris Borg and the Society of Local Council Clerks advisor Jane Olds, met with the Barclays Know Your Customer team and other senior Barclays representatives last week to progress issues first raised earlier this year. The session was highly positive, with Barclays providing several contact details that would help local councils who are Barclays customers and may have been miscategorised by Barclays or which have been having difficulties with mandates, signatories, online banking in general, or money laundering rules. It follows from the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils county officer Danny Moody's positive meeting with the Unity Trust Bank Know Your Customer team. This month, we'll also meet with UK Finance, the trade body for banks, and continue to liaise closely with Action for Communities in Rural England on rural banking issues affecting local councils. We are also developing a dedicated banking webpage to feature the information provided, which we'll launch in the coming months.

If your council is experiencing issues, you can contact Barclays’ Everyday Banking Servicing / Support Team on telephone number 0345 605 2345.

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County council commits an extra £10m for roads maintenance funds

Thanks to underspend returns, an extra £10m has been committed to roads maintenance. With considerable cost pressures involved in keeping a 5,500 mile road network usable on a daily basis, this money will be vital in our efforts to ensure that we can carry out as many improvements to our roads as possible. The £10m, in addition to the £19m previously added to the roads maintenance funding pot, means a total of £29m has been supplied by LCC for roads maintenance in 2023/24 alone - sharply bringing into light the need for Government to reinstate the 25 per cent cut to our annual maintenance funding.


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Micro-asphalt dressing for 77 residential roads

Residential roads across Lincolnshire are getting a special micro-asphalt surface dressing designed specifically for suburban areas. This will seal in the existing road surface, improving the texture and skid resistance, and prolonging the life of the road by up to 10 years.

Timescale and details:

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Latest Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Read the newsletter:

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NALC Release extra tickets for sold out event on making the planning system work for local councils (22 November)

Planning is undoubtedly one of the most significant issues affecting our councils. While the government has retreated from some of its controversial policy commitments from the 2020 white paper, it is time to re-examine the sector's current concerns about planning and development in our communities. Join us to hear from a national policy stakeholder and relevant planning case studies from councils on improving the planning system to meet local council needs. 

Find out more about this event and register your place:

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Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Magpie

The nights are drawing in and social calendars are starting to get busier - and we know thieves won't be slowing down, either.  

That's why we're reminding everyone to Lock it. Zip it. Keep it.

The message is part of Operation Magpie, our campaign to help you steer clear of thieves with some top tips from the dedicated Crime Prevention Team on keeping your belongings safe, both out and about and at home.

Find our top tips here:

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Trust & the Internet

The internet’s unequalled choice, 24/7 convenience and flexibility are benefits that suit people of all ages, wherever they live or work and whatever their circumstances. Others, however, prefer to carry on doing things the traditional, offline way for many reasons, a major one being trust. We’ve all either experienced at first hand or heard about negative experiences including online fraud or abuse which are, unfortunately, all too commonplace.

 In order to go online with safety and confidence, it’s important to get to know who and what you can trust … and who and what you can’t. And it’s vital that everybody who uses the internet can do so with safety and confidence – regardless of gender, ability, appearance, background or beliefs – by being able to trust others’ behaviour and behave responsibly themselves.  

 For more information about the internet and trust please read our latest advice here:

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NALC Blog: Legionella risk — appointment of contractors for local authorities  

 Author: Sam Hagen, digital marketer at the Water Hygiene Centre

This blog looks at the considerations any local authority should make in determining how to appoint a contractor(s) to support them to ensure that water systems are free from microbiological contamination for those who use them.

The appointment process will involve the procurement teams to help ensure that the appointed contractors have the necessary insurance and good financial standing. The technical considerations may require support from the maintenance/estates/compliance teams employed within a local authority. If you are one of these people, how involved are you in the process, and are you happy with the outcomes?

Read the full blog:

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Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance

The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) met on 10 October 2023 to consider proposals for changes to the Practitioners' Guide. NALC, the Society of Local Council Clerk (SLCC), the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments (SAAA), the internal audit forum and external auditors make up the TWG who receive feedback from councils and auditors and make recommendations for changes to ensure the Practitioners' Guide remains up to date and fit for purpose.

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Fire safety legislation changes

Essential changes in fire safety legislation came into effect on 1 October 2023 and affect the duties of the responsible person in residential and non-residential premises. NALC’s partners, Worknest, have put together some guidance that explains the changes that are coming into effect. For local councils, the relevant changes will affect non-residential premises. They have also produced a fire safety compliance matrix to help you comply with these new responsibilities.

Details of the changes:

Fire safety compliance matrix:

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National Counter Terrorism Security Office

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office is holding a series of workshops, with the next session on 18 October 2023. The workshops provide an overview of free protective security resources available to the public and organisations. It includes the ProtectUK platform, the ProtectUK app and the eLearning courses called Workshop Wednesdays. These workshops provide insight into how councils and organisations can utilise ProtectUK products and how they can help enhance protective security measures across the UK. The sessions do not require any prior protective security or counter-terrorism training. Still, they are designed for security or resilience leads and IT or technical representatives managing internal systems/software and devices (phones and tablets).

Register for the workshop:

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