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Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Northamptonshire, who form the grass roots tier of local government in England.
We offer members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish network - district, county, regional and national.
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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:59 by Danny Moody
The chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), Cllr Sue Baxter, has written a letter (below) to all parish and town councils about parish precepts and the Government's challenge to demonstrate restraint when increasing precepts, stressing the importance of communications and engagement with residents and asking for examples of practice.
Cllr Baxter says "While I have no doubt councils will respond positively to the government's challenge in setting precepts for the forthcoming year I wanted to stress the importance of engaging with residents over increases and being transparent about how their money is spent. More »
On this latter point I want to encourage councils to step up their efforts to explain spending decisions and significant increases in precept in particular.
This may include use of public meetings, newsletters and other publications, the local press such as newspapers or radio, social media including Facebook and Twitter, council websites, notice boards and information sent out with or at the same time as council tax demands."
It's worth saying though that parish and town councils are the most accountable tier of local government. The people they represent are often sitting right in front of them on plastic chairs in the village hall, and residents can see with their own eyes where the precept is being spent. It's unlikely that the application of costly referendums will add much in terms of accountability.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:07 by Danny Moody
Please find below the latest eUpdate from Northants CALC. This issue contains a special feature on unitary local government, some great news about broadband for thirty very small communities in Northamptonshire, and an update on the Transparency Code. Plus there's all the usual features including a list of training and development events, situations vacant and a Cautionary Tale.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:02 by Danny Moody
Bin lorries are to be fitted with cameras in a 'revolutionary' scheme to spot potential potholes – with councils saying they need billions of pounds to fix those that already exist.
The cameras will spot cracks or other damage to the road surface that, if not repaired, will turn into potholes.
The Department for Transport last night claimed the cameras – officially a 'pothole-spotter system, comprising high-definition cameras, integrated navigation system and intelligent software' – would revolutionise the way the issue was dealt with. More »