What Does 2018 Have In Store?
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 2018 is the conclusion of the Parliamentary Boundary Review (https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/after-the-revised-proposals-what-happens-now/), with recommendations going before parliament in September.
It's hard to be certain about anything else. As local government budgets bite tighter and tighter there surely has to be a conversation about Local Government Reorganisation in Northamptonshire. Not that it is a panacea, but surely there needs to be more joined up thinking and more acceptance to take shared responsibility for the structural issues. That can only happen by talking.
For parish and town councils specifically, GDPR will be the big talking point of 2018. I am confident that the sector will take it in its stride and that pragmatic and realistic solutions will be developed that enable every parish and town council to apply good information governance, commensurate with the (small)size of organisation and (low risk) data they hold.
Who knows where we will be this time next year. But it is sure to be an interesting journey and Northants CALC is at hand to be your tour guide!
Posted: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:28 by Danny Moody