LALC eNews 17th May 2024

If any Clerks want to join the Clerks’ eGroup, or any councillors want to join the Councillor eGroup, contact

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This fortnightly newsletter is provided to member councils through the clerk and should be circulated to all councillors. This eNews can also be found on the LALC website under News.

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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.

If you update your council email and are already booked on training, please let us know so that we can update your booking to ensure you receive the automatic reminders.

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Current vacancies


Closing date

Stubton Parish Council


18th November 2023

Blyton Parish Council


No closing date

Bardney Group Parish Council


12th April 2024

Doddington & Whisby Parish Council


30th April 2024

Corringham Parish Council


30th April 2024

Market Rasen Town Council


7th June 2024

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, which ensures that your advert also appears on Lincolnshire County Council’s website, Facebook, and LinkedIn (in addition to the LALC website and eNews).  The current fee for this is £75. 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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Latest News

To see the latest NALC news:

To see the latest SLCC news:

(No login is required).

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Summer Conference 2024

The LALC Summer Conference this year will take place on Wednesday 24th July at Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LN.

Come and network with like-minded councils!

Featuring a choice of workshops, Q&A session, trade stands and the LALC AGM.


  • Health & Safety myth busting - Worknest

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and local councils (including both Copilot and GPT) – Cloudy IT

  • Flooding – Lincolnshire Project Groundwater team

Trade stands: Unity Trust Bank, Kompan, Blachere, Worknest (H&S), Clear Insurance, Vaughtons (civic regalia), Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service, CCLA, Cloudy IT.

The full programme will be announced nearer to the date.

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Sign up to the LCC Town and Parishes newsletter - email

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Places still available: Chair and Clerk, 28th May 

The Chair and Clerk training takes place on 28th May, 10:00 – 16:00 at Welbourn Village Hall and we still have places available.

This event will look at the critical working role of the Clerk and Chair, focussing on: 

Statutory Powers and delegation

Management and leadership of the council

Working in partnership 

Exploring techniques and tools for developing a cohesive council

Managing behavioural issues and embracing Civility & Respect

Please book via the portal (login required). 

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Changes to the LALC website maintenance service for 2024-25

The basic level of service under the website maintenance offering has now been removed.

The service will now be offered as a rolling programme. Councils will now have the option to purchase a minimum of 3 hours (£54) and a maximum of 5 hours (£90) at a time. It is expected that these purchased hours will be used with a 12-18 month period. Once the purchased hours have all been used, the council can then purchase further hours at this point.

This should alleviate the scenario of councils losing unused hours at the end of the financial year.

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Web management service – new email address

For those councils already using the LALC web management service, please now use 

For any new enquiries about this service, please contact

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New NALC Model Financial Regulations released

The new NALC Model Financial Regulations have now been released and these are available via the LALC portal under templates (login required):

The model document has been comprehensively reviewed with flexibility in mind, allowing councils to adapt them to suit their specific requirements seamlessly. This flexibility ensures that councils of all sizes and operational scopes can benefit from the guidelines provided.

The first two pages of the document give instruction on how it should be used and highlight areas which will need to be tailored to your council. The instruction pages should be removed from the final document adopted by your council.

Please note that this document is exclusively available to councils who are members of NALC (via membership of the local CALC, in this case LALC) and the document should not be shared with non-member councils. (Access to NALC documents is one of the benefits of your LALC membership).

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Standards in Public Life Survey

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has announced that it will be carrying out a new review looking at accountability within public bodies and the importance of acting on early warning signs. The Committee has published the Terms of Reference for this project and will carry out an open consultation as part of its evidence gathering. SLCC would like to encourage everyone to submit their individual responses to the consultation, but we'd also be grateful for your participation in completing the SLCC snapshot survey closing Monday 3 June 2024, which will contribute to SLCC’s formal response.

SLCC snapshot survey:

Committee on Standards in Public Life:

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Latest Civility and Respect newsletter

The latest Civility and Respect Project newsletter is now available. Read about the latest Improvement and Development Board (IDB) Workshop that took place on 20 February 2024; get an update on the recent Jo Cox Civility Commission Report “No place in politics: tackling abuse and intimidation”, which reinforces the message that civility and respect is not just an issue for local town, parish and community councils, but for all levels of central and local government; and much more.

Read the newsletter here:

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Lincs 4 Warmer Homes 

NKDC is part of a consortium of councils who are working together to provide additional support to people who have found it difficult to access energy-efficiency funding.

Start-to-finish support is available for eligible hard-to-reach and hard-to-treat households, to help them access current funding streams to reduce living costs (via energy reduction).

This is being delivered through the Lincs 4 Warmer Homes scheme, and is designed to provide 1-to-1 support for example to people who have difficulty accessing information online or completing applications, or those whose properties are more difficult to deal with.

For further information on the support available: 

Call: 01427 675199


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NALC blog: National Epilepsy Week

Why National Epilepsy Week is so important?

Author Nicola: Swanborough, head of external affairs, Epilepsy Society

May 20-26 is National Epilepsy Week, a chance for charities and communities to raise awareness of epilepsy and encourage everyone to learn how to support someone who is having a seizure.

And this year, the Epilepsy Society is launching a brand new awareness-raising video to help people understand more about the condition and the challenges faced by people with uncontrolled epilepsy. It also shows you how to support someone who is having a seizure.

There are around 630,000 people in the UK with epilepsy – that is 1 in 100. For a third of them – 200,000 – their seizures cannot be controlled by medication. That means they live every day never knowing whether they will have a seizure, and that can contribute to both anxiety and depression. Tragically, some seizures can be fatal. There are 1,200 epilepsy-related deaths in the UK every year, many of them young people on the cusp of independent life in the workplace or university.

If someone is having a seizure where they fall shaking to the ground, all you have to remember is just three short words - Calm, Cushion, Call. Stay calm, cushion their head, call for help.

Read the full blog:

First aid for all seizures:

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Local Council Clerk Week - New Toolkit Available

Local Council Clerk Week is a celebratory week aimed to raise the profile of the role of the clerk and to recognise the work clerks do for their communities.

SLCC have just launched a new and exciting range of provisions available to you to help you join us in celebrating Local Council Clerk Week (LCCW), taking place from 10 to 14 June 2024. This new toolkit includes a virtual background, images for social media use, posters, flyers, and a presentation template.

Access the toolkit (SLCC login not required):

Podcasts - Seeking Your Assistance!

As part of Local Council Clerk Week, SLCC are embarking on a podcast project to showcase the positive contributions clerks make to their communities. 

They are on the lookout for councillors willing to share their insights. If you have recommendations for interviewees, please send them to

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Calling all councils who have a free framed portrait of the King

In November 2023, the Cabinet Office announced a government funded voluntary scheme throughout the UK to allow public authorities to apply for a free, framed portrait of His Majesty the King.

If your council applied and has since received your framed portrait, SLCC would really like to share this with their members. Please do take the time to email a photo of yourself and the portrait to:

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North Kesteven District Council: Climate Change Member Champion

I am pleased to introduce myself as NKDC’s new Climate Change Member Champion. The newly established role of Member Champion is designed to help develop deeper engagement between the District Council, Parish Councils and the community in relation to Climate Change and biodiversity improvement activities.

Our Climate Emergency Strategy and its Action Plan are designed to lead both the Council and the entire District towards achieving net zero emissions by 2030, and it will involve action by everyone to make this a reality. 

Effective delivery of the Strategy and Plan relies on a partnership between the District Council and town and parish councils like yours, as well as local stakeholders, businesses, and individual residents working together towards our collective carbon goal.

I hope that we can build these partnerships, with my new role acting as a conduit and connection between us, facilitating two-way conversations and sharing ideas. Raising awareness, sharing successful initiatives and encouraging positive action are key priorities as we seek to grow a greener future together.

To help us in beginning this dialogue, I’d appreciate it if you would kindly provide some information about:

Local events and groups: this will help us to reach out to local communities, for example to share information about our energy efficiency funding.

Communications: this will help us to better communicate with people in specific communities to raise awareness.

Action taken or planned by your council, and current climate/biodiversity actions in your community: to help us understand where we can support activities and where we might be able to help kickstart local action.

Share this information with us via this survey:

If you could please complete the survey by 23 May, it would be hugely helpful. I’d also welcome any invitations to meet you at a forthcoming meeting or event: please contact me by return email. 

You can find our Climate Emergency Strategy and the Action Plan at

I look forward to working together and to seeing you at the first of a six-monthly forum, if not beforehand, to discuss this important agenda. Diary invitation to the forum to follow shortly.   

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Mervyn Head

Ward Member for Kirkby La Thorpe and South Kyme

Climate Change Member Champion

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Crowds flock together to celebrate the official opening of historic footbridge