LALC ENews 3rd April 2023

For training details – check out our website for the latest availability or our new training bulletin (coming soon)

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Current vacancies


Closing date

Snitterby Parish Council


10th February

Ingoldmells Parish Council


No closing date

Scothern Parish Council


10th February

Legbourne Parish Council


10th February

Bilsby & Farlesthorpe Parish Council


1st February

Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council

Administration Assistant

24th February

Osgodby Parish Council


10th February

Metheringham, Sots Hole and Tanvats Parish Council


19th February

Market Rasen Town Council


22nd March

Potterhanworth Parish Council

Temporary Clerk

31st March

Louth Town Council

Town Clerk’s Assistant

17th April

If we are advertising your vacancy in the eNews and on our website, please let us know when the vacancy has been filled, so that we can remove it. 

If you need your vacancy advertising and 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.

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Outcome of the reconvened LALC EGM

The reconvened EGM held on 23rd March agreed the following amendments to the LALC constitution:

To dispose of the current County Committee structure

To form a new Management Committee, consisting of President, Vice President, Treasurer (ex-officio), Chair & Vice Chair (both councillors), 4 further councillors and 2 clerks, along with the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, who do not have voting rights.

The amendments were unanimously agreed by those present at the original EGM and the reconvened meeting. It was resolved to set an earlier date for the AGM for 2023 in order to appoint members of the Management Committee.

The date for the AGM has been set for Thursday 29th June at 7:00pm and will be held via Zoom. 

Application forms for nominations for membership of the Management Committee will be available in May following the newly elected councillors and they will need to be returned two weeks prior to the AGM. A vote by members present will take place.

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LALC Summer Conference – Save the date!

The LALC Summer Conference will be held on Wednesday 19th July at the Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham. This year will be a celebration of LALC’s 50th anniversary and we will also be running our Shining Stars Awards again. Look out for the criteria and nomination forms we’ll be publishing soon.

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Did you know your council has a constitution?

If you were asked for your council’s constitution, would you know where to find it? Did you know you had one?

It’s all in s.14 of the Local Government Act 1972 (Constitution and Powers of Parish Council):

14. (1) A Parish Council shall consist of the chairman and parish councillors and shall have all such functions as are vested in the council by this Act or otherwise.

(2) The Parish Council shall be a body corporate by the name “The Parish Council” with the addition of the name of the particular parish.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in any rule of law, a parish council need not have a common seal, but where a parish council have no seal any act of theirs which is required to be signified by an instrument under seal may be signified by an instrument signed and sealed by two members of the council.

So next time you get asked by a bank, solicitor or similar for a copy of your constitution, refer them to this section of the legislation.

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Annual Return for 2022-23

Councils/parish meetings should by now have received communication from PKF Littlejohn regarding the 2022-23 Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR).

Instructions and documents can be found of their website:*1q5oivw*_up*MQ..*_ga*NzY0NTI1ODkzLjE2ODAxNjE5MTQ.*_ga_52BX7Y73ZM*MTY4MDE2MTkxMy4xLjAuMTY4MDE2MTkxMy4wLjAuMA..

The default deadline for submission of AGAR forms or Exemption Certificates this year is Monday 3 July 2023. If you need to extend your deadline due to exceptional reasons (absolute latest is 31 July 2023) then contact PKF to arrange, otherwise you will be liable for fees for chaser letters.

PKF Littlejohn can be contacted on: or +44 (0)20 7516 2200.

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BHIB Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

BHIB have issued their quarterly Health and Wellbeing Newsletter:

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Remote Meetings - Government Call for Evidence

In March 2021, the government issued a consultation – a call for evidence – around remote and hybrid meetings. This was to gather information about the experience of local authorities having the power to use remote meetings during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 4,300 responses were submitted including many from the local council sector.

Over the last week, the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have received a response to their Freedom of Information request about the publication of information around this consultation. This request has been denied.

A press release has been issued about this by ADSO and LLG:

Every opportunity is taken to remind the government about the importance of giving town and parish councils the option to hold hybrid/remote meetings. The President of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Baroness Scott of Needham Market, has included a proposed amendment to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, currently being scrutinised by the House of Lords, which would give all councils the power to hold remote meetings.

SLCC continue to work with partners, Local Government Association (LGA), ADSO, NALC and others via the Digital Democracy Partnership to press the government for the option for remote meetings.

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NALC policy consultation – Infrastructure Levy

The Infrastructure Levy is a reform to the existing system of developer contributions – Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy – in England. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have issued a consultation to inform the design of the Levy and of regulations that will set out its operation in detail.

The consultation closes as DLUHC on 9 June 2023.

NALC will be responding to this consultation as many councils will have an interest in feeding in their own views on the existing system of developer contributions and how they relate to proposals for the new Infrastructure Levy.

NALC is therefore seeking the views of county association members on a number of questions, which can be found on the LALC News page:

Responses to NALC should be via email to by 17:00 on 19 May 2023.

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Are you looking to boost your well-being and mental health?

HAY Lincolnshire is a new website, showing activities and support available to you locally:

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13th Edition of Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration

The comprehensive and authoritative guide to local government law has been extensively revised for its 13th edition.

List price: £164.99

Price through LALC - £131.99, which is a saving of 20%. 

Please contact Lindsey to order a copy.

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