LALC eNews 26th January 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

Edenham Parish Council


No closing date

Addlethorpe Parish Council


11th September 2023

Baston Parish Council


30th November 2023

Stubton Parish Council


18th November 2023

Fulbeck Parish Council


4th December 2023

Bicker Parish Council


31st January 2024

Skidbrooke-cum-Saltfleet Parish Council


15th February 2024

Barkston & Syston Parish Council


16th February 2024

North Kelsey Parish Council


12th February 2024

Gedney Hill Parish Council


29th February 2024

Stamford Town Council

Chief Executive Officer (Clerk/RFO)

16th February 2024

Stamford Town Council

Communications & Engagement Officer

16th February 2024

Hemswell Cliff Parish Council


23rd February 2024

Friskney Parish Council

Cemetery Caretaker

29th February 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, costing £60, which ensures that your advert also appears on Lincolnshire County Council’s website, Facebook, 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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SLCC podcast - conversation with NALC Chair

The latest SLCC podcast (18 minutes) is: ‘Insights into the local council sector – a conversation with the Chair of the National Association of Local Councils’

“NALC is a really important partner for SLCC. In this podcast we hear about how the organisation works and how its hugely experienced Chair uses his role to promote the work of England’s town and parish councils and campaign on their behalf.”

(No login required)

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Funding for Capital Projects in North Kesteven - Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF)

North Kesteven District Council in partnership with Lincolnshire Community Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a capital grants scheme, Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) which is available to charities, community groups, social enterprises, Parish & Town Councils etc operating for the benefit of people living in the North Kesteven District Council area. 

The REPF is complementary to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda providing £2.6 billion of funding for local investment in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by March 2025.  The REPF will support capital costs only and is aimed to level up communities, providing access to activities and opportunities for people living in rurally isolated areas.

£74,389 will be available in the current financial year with a closing date for receipt of applications and supporting documentation on 16 February 2024.  Bids of between £5,000-£10,000 for capital costs will be considered for schemes that strengthen communities, building pride in place, bring people together and create social connections that will grow and thrive. £223,167 will be available in the subsequent financial year when requests of between £5,000-£25,000 (again for capital costs) will be welcomed; closing dates on 1 May and 14 September.

Grants should enable places to invest in and/or restore their community spaces and create the foundations for growth at neighbourhood level.  The intention is to strengthen the social fabric of communities, building pride in place by improving local community facilities, creating opportunities to bring people together and create social connections that will grow and thrive. Projects must be in a rural area e.g. towns, villages and hamlets with populations below 10,000, or market or ‘hub towns’ with populations of up to 30,000 that serve their surrounding rural areas as centres of employment and in providing services.

Further information on the scheme is available via

On the Council’s behalf, these grants are being managed by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation which will support applicants through the process. Call on 01529 305825, email and see .

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Reminder: Star Energy Community Fund – closes 29th February 2024

If you meet the eligibility criteria as stated on the Star Energy Community Fund website and are located 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), you may be able to apply for the Star Energy Community Fund.

The Star Energy Community Fund (formerly the IGas Community Fund) is open for applications until the end of February.  If you have a project that would benefit from up to £2,000 of grant funding, you are welcome to complete an application for consideration by our grants panel, which will meet in March.

You will note that the company name has changed since last year – a move which was made to reflect the company’s change of focus towards low-carbon sources of energy, such as geothermal.  The Community Fund continues in the same format as before, but with the changed name and a new website , which is now part of the Star Energy Group website rather than a standalone site.  The application form can be downloaded from this website.

The timetable is as follows:

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'.

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National model Employment Contract templates now available on LALC portal  

NALC/SLCC have issued two new model employment contract templates along with a set of guidance notes.  

The two templates are: 

NALC Model Employment Contract Template with All Options 

NALC Model Employment Contract Template on Green Book Terms

The guidance is available in the LALC portal (login required), in the Knowledgebase under the ‘Employment’ section as ‘Employment Contract Model Template NALC Guidance Note’

The two employment contract templates are in Document Templates area under the ‘Employment’ section - search for ‘contract’.

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NALC Open letter to local councils

NALC chair, Cllr Kieth Stevens, pens an open letter to parish and town councils on promoting and supporting the first tier of local government.

Read it here:

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Section 137 spending limit for 2024/25

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities advised that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 for parish and town councils in England for 2024-25 is £10.81 per elector.

This is the amount as a result from increasing the amount of £9.93 for 2023-2024 by the percentage increase in the retail price index between September 2022 and September 2023, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

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LCC Budget and Council Tax Proposal 2024/25

Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive considered 2024/25 budget proposals on 9 January 2024, with the report available to view here:

 The report considers the short and long-term factors influencing the Council’s financial position. This includes increasing demand for services, a challenging economic landscape compounded by no additional resource from the Government over and above the amount announced last year. In summary, our costs have increased quicker than funding, despite planned savings and additional income of £19.1m next year.

 An added complication is that the Government have signalled the potential for a return to austerity from 2025/26, with funding expected to increase at a slower rate than inflation. This will be made harder if the cost of demand-led services like social care continue to increase at the rate they have been. The recent Government policy has been for the increase in cost of local services to be partly met through higher local taxes. 

 As part of the Council’s funding settlement, the Council can increase council tax by up to 5%. The Council has the third lowest rate of council tax out of the 21 county authorities in England, adjusted for fire precepts elsewhere.

 The budget proposal considers three options being considered:

Option A (2.99% plus £7.2m use of reserves in 2024/25)

Option B (3.99% plus £3.5m use of reserves in 2024/25)

Option C (4.99% with no use of reserves in 2024/25) 

 Increasing council tax by the maximum available will reduce short-term use of reserves, and ensure the Council is best placed to respond to future financial challenges. Increasing by the minimum amount being considered will rely on using reserves and means a higher deficit in future years. Compared to other local authorities, the Council is currently in a strong financial position and this is a result of the difficult decisions it has taken over many years. The budget proposal seeks to preserve the Council’s relatively strong financial position.

 We know this is also a tough time for households, and constantly look for ways to save money and improve productivity, to ensure that we can continue to provide high quality services throughout Lincolnshire despite charging one of the lowest council tax rates in England.

 Please let us know what your Council thinks of the options by giving us your feedback using the links below:

Email by 2 February 2024

 We’ll share responses with Executive on 6 February 2024. Please contact us via the email address above if you have any questions.  

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D-DAY 80 – Pin badges now available

The D-Day 80 Official Lapel Badge is a commemorative piece designed to honour the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. It is produced by Empire Medals and measures 40mm in diameter, featuring the flags of all nations involved in the historic event. This stunning lapel badge is plated with gold and enamelled for a polished finish. The reverse side is equipped with two secure butterfly clasps and 25% of each badge sold will go towards supporting the D-Day Beacons project.

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Community Emergency planning and LRF open evening Monday 19th Feb 2024

LRF are holding an open evening at the County Emergency Centre, Lincoln, LN5 8EL starting at 6pm running through to 7:30pm. This is an opportunity for representatives to come along to the County Emergency Centre (CEC) and see where all major incidents and emergencies are coordinated from, and, where any information collected by your communities ends up to aid response. 

During the evening the team will be covering all aspects of community emergency planning and response, Ready for Anything Volunteer opportunities and of course, run through the free training events we offer all community groups, individuals and town and parish councils. Places are free.

The link below will let you book places and update the status of your community's resilience:

LALC in conjunction with the Emergency Planning Team are also holding a full day event on Emergency Planning & Resilience on 16th April, 10:00 – 16:00 at the County Emergency Centre. This event can be booked via the portal (login required):

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Procurement Thresholds 16 January 2024

The thresholds for public procurement have changed from 1 January 2024 

Public contracts, with an estimated value (including VAT, since 1 January 2022): 

over £214,904 (previously £213,477) for goods or services, or

over £5,372,609         (previously £5,336,937) for public works (construction),

must comply with the full requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (which will be replaced by the Procurement Act, when it takes effect later in 2024). These include specific tendering methods and timescales, as well as a requirement to advertise on both the Contracts Finder website and Find-a-Tender (the UK e-notification service).

Where a contract will run for several years, it is the total (not annual) value that matters. 

Where the estimated total value (including VAT) is below these thresholds, but exceeds £30,000 (after 21 December 2022), a council is required to advertise the opportunity on Contracts Finder if they publish an open invitation to quote/tender. If they are inviting specific firms and not opening it up to wider competition, they don’t have to advertise the opportunity on Contracts Finder (Public Contracts Regulations 2015, Reg. 110(5)(b)).

However, a council must comply with its own Standing Orders and Financial Regulations and if those regulations require an open invitation and a formal tender process, the council should follow them. Tendering processes ensure fair competition, achieve value for money and avoid anti-competitive behaviour. They protect the council and taxpayers.

If a council simply chooses specific firms to invite, it must avoid allowing non-commercial considerations (defined in Part 2 of the Local Government Act 1988) to influence its decisions. If a council invites some suppliers and not others, it should record its reasons.

If the council genuinely believed the value would be under £30,000 but the tenders came in above that, the Regulations do not require it to go back and start again.

Regardless of whether the opportunity was advertised, Regulation 112 requires a council to publish the award of a contract over £30,000 on Contracts Finder within a reasonable timescale. There is no specified timescale for parishes, but we suggest within 3 months.


This bulletin is only intended as a brief guide and councils should ensure they follow the Regulations and guidance on, seeking professional advice if they are in any doubt. The Parkinson Partnership LLP accepts no liability for any loss arising from situations where councils have not followed the law and guidance.

The Parkinson Partnership LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England & Wales, number OC401821 Registered Office: International House, Southampton International Business Park, George Curl Way, Southampton SO18 2RZ

Members: Steve Parkinson FMAAT, Cordelia Parkinson VAT registration no. 443626690

LALC note: If any councils specify the procurement thresholds in their Standing Orders or Financial Regulations, it is advised to update these to the new values.

NALC have updated Legal Topic Note 87 – Procurement.

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New NALC banking webpage launched

In response to numerous complaints from local councils regarding various challenges of dealing with high street banks – such as a lack of understanding about what local councils are or do, issues with online banking, extended wait times for telephone banking, and difficulties in completing mandate forms over the last few years – we've launched a new banking web page. The page is designed to shed light on the complex banking environment within which local councils operate, addressing prevalent banking issues and their likely causes. It also outlines advocacy undertaken by NALC and other organisations in the sector in recent years. The web page features essential information such as contact details, initiatives involving engaged banks, relevant resource links, a summary of NALC's 2020 banking research, a specific note for high street banks defining the roles of local councils, and updates on relevant news stories. We’ll keep the webpage and resources updated and continue engaging with UK Finance (the trade association for banks), high street banks and other organisations.

NALC banking page:

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How To Report Scam Emails to Action Fraud

You can help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails to us:

It shouldn’t take you any longer than 2 minutes to make a report and we do not collect any of your personal information. You should only use this tool to report phishing campaigns where you have not lost any money or exposed your personal details. 

The reports received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

Do not click on any links in the scam email.

Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.

If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:

The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.

The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.

The email does not use your proper name but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.

A sense of urgency; for example, the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.

A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.

A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.

The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.

You weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.

The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.

The image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site.

If you think you may have been the victim of fraud or cybercrime and incurred a financial loss or have been hacked as a result of responding to a phishing message, you should report this to Action Fraud:

Have you spotted a suspicious email?

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

The message might be from a company you don’t normally receive communications from, or someone you do not know. You may just have a hunch. If you are suspicious, you should report it. Your report of a phishing email will help us to act quickly, protecting many more people from being affected. 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will analyse the suspect email and any websites it links to. They'll use any additional information you’ve provided to look for and monitor suspicious activity.

If they discover activity that they believe is malicious, they may:

seek to block the address the email came from, so it can no longer send emails

work with hosting companies to remove links to malicious websites

raise awareness of commonly reported suspicious emails and methods used (via partners)

Whilst the NCSC is unable to inform you of the outcome of its review, they can confirm that they do act upon every message received.

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FixMyStreet tip - did you know?

A very useful little thing on FixMyStreet you may not know…. if you increase the scale to its maximum it comes up with property names, which is very useful if you are trying to locate a particular property.