It's been a bit of a challenge to keep up to date with what's happening with Northamptonshire's libraries. They're closing, they're not closing, the opening hours are being cut, they're not being cut, they're closing now, they're not closing until next year!
The definitive position will hopefully emerge at the Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) Cabinet meeting today.
Posted: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:30 by Danny Moody
The Litchborough office is closed today, Friday 2 March 2018, due to impassable local roads. Staff are working from home and have access to email so please get in touch that way. Normal service is expected to resume on Monday.
Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:52 by Danny Moody
Rural businesses could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.
There are 3 types of grant:
- Business development
- Food processing
- Rural tourism infrastructure
The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:49 by Danny Moody
The chairman of the National Association of Local Councils, Cllr Sue Baxter has written a New Year open letter to wish all councils a very happy new year and a healthy, prosperous and successful 2018, flagging up three areas the sector must focus on over the coming 12 months to ensure the sector is even stronger at the end of this year, including ensuring all councils are fiscally responsible and engaging... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:09 by Danny Moody
Happy New Year to all the hard-working parish and town councillors and clerks in Northamptonshire and beyond!
It has been a feature of the parish sector for the past decade or more that it gets busier and busier with each passing year, and there is no sign that 2018 will buck the trend! It makes it an exciting sector to be in but also a challenging one.
One of the things we know is going to happen in... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:28 by Danny Moody
A national pay offer for local government employees has been announced. The National Employers organisation has made a "final" pay offer to the NJC local government unions which will be considered at a meeting on 13 December 2017 as part of the national negotiations.
The headline figure is a 2% increase for 2018/19 and another 2% for 2019/20. However, this particular pay offer is more complex than usual... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:12 by Danny Moody
TV company Shiver Productions is developing a new television programme for a major broadcaster. Shiver is looking for fun and outgoing grandparents who have 3 or more adult (18+) grandchildren who they would like to spend more time with.
Many grandparents reportedly only see their grandchildren on average twice a year, it's not surprising the two generations often know little about each other's lives.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:10 by Danny Moody
People in Northamptonshire after safer now than they were before 1 November 2017 with Northamptonshire Police having launched its new Neighbourhood Policing Model.
Northamptonshire Police said "The people of Northamptonshire will be safer after these changes. We are absolutely committed to protecting the most vulnerable, responding quickly to emergencies, and protecting people and property. Our plans... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:11 by Danny Moody
Northants CALC is seventy years old today! The following is an extract from The History of Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils and its predecessors between 1947 and 2012 by Eric Franklin...
"The idea of a county association of parish councils had been considered at a number of small informal meetings held in the offices of Northampton Rural District Council under the chairmanship of... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:21 by Danny Moody
The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement has published its Call for evidence. Interested parties and organisations are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by 8 September 2017 so the National Association of Local Councils would like to hear your views by 1 September 2017 to inform its response on behalf of the sector.
The Select Committee has been appointed to consider... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:37 by Danny Moody