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Local Council Award Scheme

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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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The biggest event in the Local Council calendar is happening in Worcestershire next month at the wonderful Chateau Impney Hotel at Droitwich Spa

Do you have a project as a Council you are wishing to do?

With exhibitors from every aspect of the sector there is sure to be someone there who will have the expertise or product to help you.

In addition there will be demonstrations and talks on a wide range of subjects:

Session on making tax digital which will impact Town and Parish Councils from October 2019

Environmental Policy and Climate Change – find out what you can do

Council Modernisation – across all aspects of IT

Grounds Maintenance Service – Outsourced and In-House

Demonstration on how to move to being a paperless Council

7 Steps to success – achieving play and sports area delivery

Charitable Trusts



New CiLCA Dates

Gill Lungley MILCM has arranged for the following dates for CiLCA sessions taking place at Bewdley Town Council 25(A) Load Street, Bewdley,DY12 2AE.

These sessions are £20 each and are payable direct to Gill, with no commitment for additional sessions.

28th May
18th June
16th July
10th September
1st October
23rd October

All sessions take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm

To book a place please email gill@worcscalc.org.uk