LALC ENews 7th November 2022

This newsletter is provided to member councils through the clerk and should be circulated to all councillors.

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Cost of Living

We all know how difficult the current economic situation is at the moment. We will be sharing relevant Cost of Living information and advice on the new LALC website. Further information can be found here:     


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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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NALC issues Pay Agreement 2022-23 Payscales

 NALC has been notified by the Local Government Association (LGA) that it has come to an agreement on the 2022/23 pay offer with the unions representing local government employees.

The unions met on 1 November 2022 and agreed to accept the offer. The terms of that agreement include the following:

With effect from 1 April 2022, an increase of £1,925 on all NJC pay points 1 and above.

With effect from 1 April 2023, an increase of one day to all employees’ annual leave entitlement.

NALC has produced updated this year's pay scales and will update its annual leave policy template to reflect these changes shortly.  The new payscales have been added to the LALC website click here.

Local (parish and town) councils in membership that would like further advice on these changes should contact LALC for more information.

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LALC Fees for 2023-24

Please note the following proposed increases for LALC services for 2023-24:

LALC’s affiliation fee

7.7p per elector (for budgeting purposes factor in a 4% increase)*

NALC’s affiliation fee

7.71p per elector (for budgeting purposes factor in a 4% increase)*

Annual Training Scheme

£5 increase per electorate banding:


Electorate up to 250 - £90


Electorate up to 500 - £100


Electorate up to 1,000 - £115


Electorate up to 2,500 - £140


Electorate up to 5,000 - £155


Electorate up to 7,500 - £165


Electorate up to 10,000 - £175


Electorate above 10,000 - £185

Full day courses

£65 per day

Part-day sessions

£25 per session

Website Management Service

Premium service - £170 for 10 hours


Premium service - £340 for 20 hours


Basic service - £50


*Based on electorate figures due to be released in January 2023

**Fees quoted are exclusive of VAT

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We still have availability at the following sessions. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please book via the new CRM if possible).


LCC Websites - JADU Basics

8th November



Data Protection & Freedom of Information

8th November



New Councillors Session

29th November



Charity Law

13th December

14th December



Clerk’s Networking Day

7th December


Dunholme Village Hall, LN2 3SU

***Training venues are booked once a number of bookings have been received. This allows LALC to book venues based on where the majority of delegates are travelling from. If there are less than 10 bookings on any course, the course will automatically be held at the LALC Office, 8 Market Rasen Road, Dunholme, Lincoln, LN2 3QR***

Current vacancies


Closing date

Nettleham Parish Council


11th November

Nettleham Parish Council


11th November

Holland Fen with Brothertoft Parish Council


Not stated

Caistor Town Council


No closing date

Spridlington Parish Council


7th November

Cowbit Parish Council


30th November

Nocton Parish Council


30th November

Ruskington Parish Council

Administration Assistant

29th November


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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner - Safer together


The Police & Crime Commissioner Annual Survey has been issued asking residents to give their views about the Police Service in Lincolnshire and what the priorities for the next financial year should be.   Click here to complete the online survey

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Free Civility Webinars offered by LGA

The Civility and Respect project have been working in collaboration with the Local Government Association to support local councillors and council staff who are experiencing bullying, harassment and intimidation. The LGA have shared details of two virtual webinars which have been specifically developed to support councillors’ safety and online safety for councillors.  The webinars will be delivered virtually via zoom and are free to attend using the promo codes detailed below.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to take advantage of this offer of free training.

Councillor Personal Safety Webinars


As part of the LGA’s Civility in Public Life Programme, we are hosting in partnership with Miranda Smythe from the Baikie-wood consultancy, a series of webinars on councillor personal safety and handling online abuse and intimidation. The first programme on personal safety has been specially devised for councillors who are keen to improve their awareness of personal safety. Built around the role of the elected member, the sessions provide practical advice and guidance. The webinar includes references to surgeries, canvassing, home visits and managing unexpected doorstep visitors. The next webinar will be held on Wednesday 7 December, 1:30-3:00pm. Please sign up via the link: Promo code: PSC20712.


(TIPS - When booking please enter ‘NO’ to ‘Member Organisation’; ‘NO’ to ‘Are you from a council that is not a member of LGA’; if you haven’t used the LGA booking system before, please create a password in the ‘password’ field; enter the promo code in the field under payment and the amount due will reset to £0).

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Cost of Living updates


Further useful information has been added to our Cost of Living Support page on the new LALC website:     


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New LALC website/CRM access


If any clerk has not yet received your invitation to our new website/CRM please contact us. The old website will be switched off at the end of December and all training must be booked via the new site after that point.

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Emergency Plans

Does your council have an Emergency Plan in place? Are you working towards putting an Emergency Plan in place? Are you currently reviewing your Emergency Plan?

Please let us know so that we can pass this information on to LCC Emergency Planning team.


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 Rush to get historic public rights of way registered is underway

The Deregulation Act 2015 received royal assent on 26 March 2015. A small but an important part of the act in Schedule 7 concerns public rights of way.

On 1 January 2026 the government intends to close the definitive maps to the claim of historic paths which existed before 1949 (section 53 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act)), with the aim of providing certainty to landowners about what highways and other rights exist on their land.  Earlier this year DEFRA said they may drop the 2026 deadline, but it has not introduced legislation to do it.

Organisations such as the Open Spaces Society, The Ramblers Association have long-standing campaigns to get as many pre-1949 public rights of way identified before the deadline.  In 2020 it was estimated that there was over 49,000 miles of missing footpaths and other rights of way that need to be added to the definitive maps. 

In Lincolnshire it was estimated that there could be 1,500 miles missing. Signs that there might be an historic right of way could be a footpath or bridleway coming to an end at the parish boundary, at a field boundary or when it meets a road.  The process of putting the definitive map together after 1949 relied on local parishes having records, or local memory of past routes which may have been lost (after the impact of the First and Second World Wars) and local landowners (who may have been councillors at the time) being willing to agree to put information forward to the County Councils doing the survey. Some parish councils were more willing than others.

Volunteers and local groups are checking historic maps and documents to identify the public rights of way that have not been added to Lincolnshire County Council definitive map. Parish and Town Councils may hold information and records to assist in the process to preserve historic rights of way.  Online research also makes it possible to scour maps and records that were previously hard to access.

Current public rights of way are identified on the definitive maps held by Lincolnshire County Council and may be viewed in person.  An electronic working version is available at

Applications to Modify Definitive Maps Orders are being submitted to the Definitive Map Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, Countryside Services, Lancaster House, 36 Orchard Street, Lincoln, LN1 1XX. Applications that have been submitted so far appear on the county council website at where you can search by parish.

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 NALC Local Council Award Scheme LCAS)


The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed them by their peers, and put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The scheme has been designed to provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promote and recognise councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is only through the sector working together, to share best practices, drive up standards and support those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach their full potential.

LCAS undergoes a review every year. Local councils must meet the criteria of the guidance that is in place on the date they submit their completed application form to their local accreditation panel.

For further information read the Local Council Award Scheme Guide -

 Why should you apply?

There is a range of reasons why a council could benefit from taking part in the award scheme. For those councils who are already confident that they perform to a high standard the scheme provides assurance to the council that it is up-to-date and progressive by the standards set by the sector. For those who wish to improve, it provides a framework to plan and make the first steps. Helping the council improve performance and confidence, with policies in place for continuous development. And for all councils winning the award should be a celebration for councillors and officers, as their commitment and hard work are recognised and respected.

An award is a tool that councils can use when working with the local community or other local partners. Giving them confidence that the council is delivering to a national professional standard.

And finally, the scheme will contribute to the national reputation of local councils demonstrating achievements and a commitment to improvement.


How do you apply?


1.      The first step is to register online with NALC. You will then be charged a £50 registration fee by NALC.

Tip: You do not need to have all the criteria in place at this stage, you are simply registering your interest in taking part in the scheme

Tip: You can apply for any award level - you don't need to start at Foundation

2.      When you have the criteria prepared and in place, confirm this in a public meeting

3.      You should then notify your local accreditation panel coordinator and provide the application form including links to online documents. At this stage, you will also pay an accreditation fee to your local County Association. This fee depends on the award level you are applying for and the size of your council (full information in the Local Council Award Scheme Guide)

4.      Your local panel coordinator will contact you with the result of your application.


Which award level should we apply for?


Foundation Award

The Foundation award is for councils who want to show they meet a set of minimum standards to deliver effectively for their communities. To meet this award the council demonstrates that it has the required documentation and information in place for operating lawfully and according to standard practice. The council also has policies for training for its councillors and officers and so has the foundations for improvement and development in place.

The Foundation award allows you to benchmark your performance as well as challenge you to consider your council's continuing development and improvement.

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Quality Award

The Quality Award demonstrates that a council achieves good practices in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Quality councils go above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

To achieve the Quality Award a council demonstrates that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional evidence of good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement. Due to the level of this achievement, a council with a Quality Award can also be eligible to use the general power of competence.

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Quality Gold Award

The Quality Gold Award demonstrates that a council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and council development. Quality Gold councils provide leadership for their communities, bring people together, have excellent business planning processes, ensuring value for money as well as constantly seek new innovations and opportunities to improve. They highlight the very best we, as a sector, can achieve for our communities.

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Does your council have a ‘good news’ story or an example of best practice you’d like to share with other councils? If so, please let us know so that we can include it in a future edition of eNews.

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NALC Legal Topic Notes

All current NALC Legal Topic Notes (LTNs) are accessible by the Clerk via the LALC CRM.

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Chief executive's bulletin


The latest meeting between chairs of NALC and SLCC

The latest meeting between the chair of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Cllr Keith Stevens, and the chair of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), Steven Trice, took place on 21 October. They agreed to sign a protocol at the SLCC’s forthcoming conference and a commitment to promote this partnership and deliver on key projects, including a new workforce strategy and continuing the 
Civility and Respect Project into 2023. You can read more in our news story.

Civility and Respect Pledge hits 500

I’m pleased that over 500 local councils have signed up for the Civility and Respect Pledge since it was launched just three months ago. While the Pledge is voluntary, it provides an essential way for local councils to make a public statement about standing up to poor behaviour across our sector and stating upfront how they will handle poor behaviour if it happens. Suppose your local council hasn’t yet signed the Pledge. In that case, there’s a video featuring representatives from SLCC and NALC explaining the Pledge and its importance in demonstrating the positive actions which support civil and respectful conduct. The video can be shared with attendees before the meeting where the pledge is to be discussed to help explain why the pledge is so important. You can find out more details, watch the video and sign up for the Pledge on the 
Civility and Respect Project webpage.

New model councillor-officer protocol

In partnership with Hoey Ainscough Associates, the 
Civility and Respect Project has also published a new model councillor-officer protocol. The protocol's purpose is to guide councillors and officers in their relations with one another and help build and maintain good working relationships. It covers respective roles, relationships, handling concerns and decision-making.

Local government pay negotiations

The GMB Union have announced the results of its Green Book pay consultation, where its members voted to accept the employers’ final offer by 67% to 33%. However, the entire Trade Union Side is not due to meet until 1 November to discuss their respective consultations' results and decide whether to formally accept the employers’ offer. Therefore, employers should not implement the pay offer until the National Joint Council pay circular, which constitutes a formal collective agreement, has been issued. The national employers are fully aware of payroll cut-off dates as Christmas approaches, so they will endeavour to distribute the circular as soon as possible after 1 November if most of the unions accept the employers’ offer. NALC will also be issuing guidance, including updated pay scales and an updated template annual leave policy.

NALC Annual General Meeting 2022

It was good to see over a hundred colleagues from county associations at this week’s annual general meeting (AGM), which we again held online. In advance of the draft minutes being available, here’s a summary:

  • Introducing the annual report – which you can read along with the rest of the AGM papers here – NALC’s chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, spoke about progress on his three priorities set out in his January 2022 open letter and thanked his vice chairs, county associations and NALC staff for their support through the last year.

  • In my short speech, I extended my thanks to everyone involved in NALC’s governance, county associations, staff, partner organisations and local councils, also highlighting the extensive engagement throughout the year enabled by online meetings and events and how councils were doing brilliant things for their communities demonstrating their relevance every day.

  • The audited accounts and three year-budget were noted, and the affiliation fee for 2023/24 of 7.71 pence per elector, capped at £1,978 for larger councils, was agreed upon.

  • The AGM passed a motion from the Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils that the workforce challenge is one of the biggest challenges of our time and that there is an issue with recruitment, retention, and capacity in local councils, and NALC engages a consultant to benchmark clerks’ terms and conditions.

  • The current president and vice presidents were appointed by the AGM in 2021 and will continue in post until the AGM in 2023.

Updated legal guidance

We have updated Legal Topic Note (LTN) 5E on parish council meetings in England to give guidance in paragraph 42 on remote public participation at council meetings. You can find this and our extensive suite of other LTNs in the members' area of the NALC website in the 
LTN’s section (login required). This month’s regular legal bulletin for county officers covered qualifying conditions to become a councillor, local councils and church property, power to make a grant to a company, and annual meeting dates for local councils with elections in 2023.

NALC online event on communication strategies

I was pleased to join over 150 attendees at this week’s hugely popular online event on communication strategies. A huge thank you to our brilliant speakers Daniel Purchese from NALC’s partner 
Breakthrough Communications, Cllr John Harvey from Buckingham Town Council, and Alix Macfarlane from LGcomms for sharing their top tips, insights, and knowledge on everything from having a clear vision to building positive relations with the media, from recognizing communications expertise to engaging with residents. And impressive feedback from attendees so far, with 100% stating the event met their expectations 'fully' or 'somewhat', and 100% would recommend NALC's online events to others! So do join us at our upcoming online events on the Local Council Award Scheme, community outreach and our Empowering Communities conference.

NALC's response to the government review of net-zero

In our response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) independent review of net zero, we have highlighted the role local councils could play in decarbonisation, urging the government to recognise the role local councils can play to help the government meet its net-zero targets and not just factor in the private sector. You can read more, including our full response to the consultation, in our news story 

Working with Cabinet Office on . domains

I am pleased that NALC is working with the domain management team in the Cabinet Office, which aims to ensure that every council, no matter its size, has a . domain. There are many benefits that come with getting a domain name. For example, a website gives residents confidence they are interacting with a legitimate site, emails from a address are more trustworthy, and it can help reduce the risk of cyber-attack. If your local council already has a domain, then the team is keen to understand your experiences. So please look out for their emails from asking you to sign up for their free protection services (Detectify Surface Monitoring and Registry Lock) and participate in pilot projects they will run.

New prime minister and cabinet

Rishi Sunak MP, who was a keynote speaker at our annual conference and has been featured in NALC publications, was appointed as the new prime minister this week. In his first speech as prime minister outside Number 10 on 25 October 2022, he recommitted to the Conservatives 2019 manifesto, which includes levelling up. In his cabinet reshuffle, Michael Gove MP has replaced Simon Clarke MP as secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Keith has already extended his congratulations to the new prime minister and secretary of state and writing to them in more detail.

White Ribbon Day on 25 November

On 25 November, we will be supporting 
White Ribbon Day, a day to work towards ending violence against women and girls. We are making a short video to show male support, and we are keen for as many men as possible from the sector to help us out – more information can be found here.

Out and about
Keith was at the well-attended Cheshire Association of Local Councils AGM on 27 October, where he presented NALC’s work with county associations to support and promote local councils. You can watch the video of the event 
here. Gary Barker, solicitor, gave an update on a range of legal issues and the Civility and Respect Project at the Oxfordshire Association of Local Council larger councils' meeting on 26 October, which was attended by clerks and councillors from the majority of the county’s 14 larger councils.

And finally...

Dealing with the cost-of-living crisis is the hot topic on the NALC blog this week. 
Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, chair of the Co-operative Councils' Innovation Network, provides an example of how councils are at the forefront of the cost-of-living crisis. And Martin Buttle from NALC’s partner CCLA, covers some thought-provoking figures from the Living Wage Foundation, why it is important to address the cost-of-living crisis, and upcoming research on steps employers are taking to address this challenge.

Jonathan Owen