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Local Council Award Scheme 

Local Council Award Scheme

What is it about and why should our council bother?

John Duddington writes:

Let’s answer the second question first: in nearly fifty years of involvement with local government it has been my experience that parish and town councils are often regarded by both the public and other local authorities as amateur and lacking weight. I know that this view is wrong and that in the last thirty years there has been a marked improvement in the standard of local councils aided by the introduction of professional training for clerks, something which I have been proud to be involved in. Still the impression persists and councils need to demonstrate that they are professional bodies. Not only this but life is so much more complex, and more litigious, than in 1965 when I started and this applies to all Local Authorities.

So I welcome this new scheme which replaces the Quality Town and Parish Council Scheme, which was introduced by the Government in 2003. It is vital that local councils set standards of good practice and excellence and encourage continuous improvement to raise these standards.

In addition I intend to keep up the pressure on principal councils to recognise the achievement of local councils in gaining this new award.

If I have made you think that it is at least worth looking at the new scheme for your council then what does it involve?

A major difference from the old scheme is that there are three different levels:

(a) Foundation Award

(b) Quality Award

(c) Quality Gold Award

The result is that you can decide which level suits you best. For example many councils were put off the old scheme by the rules that the clerk must be qualified and the electoral mandate rule: that at least two thirds of members must be elected. Now the new scheme allows councils to gain the Foundation Award without having to satisfy these criteria although you will need to do so for the other awards. Again the new scheme allows you to apply electronically so that the cumbersome file that was used in the past will not be necessary.

John Duddington, Chairman, County Accreditation Panel.


Further information about the scheme is below. Please click on the link to read or download

Local Council Award Scheme

 

 

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Newsflash

“Don’t forget to register for the Worcestershire County Council BUDGET ENGAGEMENT MEETING at 6pm on 23 January at County Hall.

Each year the Council holds a series of meetings with representatives from the community to discuss its proposed budget plans and the possible impact this may have locally. Michael Hudson, Chief Financial Officer would like to invite you to the budget engagement briefing for Parish & Town Councils and Voluntary & Community Sector at County Hall, Worcester on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 6.00pm. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the Council's proposals for 2019/20 and answer the questions you may have at the meeting.

There are a limited number of spaces available, so we would be grateful if you could send only one representative from your organisation, who can feed back to colleagues. We will operate on a first come, first served basis so a speedy response is recommended.

Please contact Deborah Dale at Worcestershire County Council by Friday 11 January 2019 to register your attendance:

Email: ddale@worcestershire.gov.uk Telephone: 01905 846282”

 

NB   SECTION 137 LIMIT FOR 2019-20

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the appropriate sum for parish councils for the purposes of

Section 137(4)(a)of the Local Government Act 1972 for 2019-20 is £8.12