LCC Local Councils Conference Leicestershire Councils - The Local Picture. Jake Atkinson LRALC Chief Officer. Perceptions are not always accurate…..!. 165 Parish and Town Councils in Leicestershire. 147 of them are members of LRALC. 17 are Quality Councils (all are members of LRALC!).
LCC Local Councils ConferenceLeicestershire Councils - The Local Picture
LRALC Chief Officer
165 Parish and Town Councils in Leicestershire.
147 of them are members of LRALC.
17 are Quality Councils (all are members of LRALC!).
114 Cllrs and Clerks trained by LRALC to date (‘12-’13)
45 Qualified Clerks (CiLCA) since scheme began.
27 Clerks currently CiLCA qualified.
40 Clerks trained in use of GPoC since power commenced.
2 Clerks have passed the new GPoC CiLCA module.
1 Council has adopted GPoC (a week ago!).
Member survey results (April 2012 – 100 responses):
Training, newsletter, and telephone and email query service most highly valued aspects of membership.
Over 94% of respondents say LRALC membership represents good or excellent value for money.
Nearly 50% of respondents said their councils didn’t feel prepared for the powers and duties contained within the Localism Act 2011 (37% didn’t know).
Demand for training in areas not previously provided.
LRALC keen to grow its services and membership – Business Plan for 2013 onwards being developed.
“The time has come to disperse power more widely in Britain today.” Coalition Agreement
Localism has broad political consensus
Localism Act (Nov 2011) gives new rights and powers for communities and individuals, and new freedoms and flexibilities for local government.
LRALC and NALC are supporting local councils who wish to embrace Localism.
Greg Clark, minister for decentralisation: "parish councils up and down the country would like to have greater influence and [the new legislation] will allow them to do this".
While there is no formal target he hopes a number of new councils will be formed and is looking forward to "a great revival" of parish politics.
LRALC is supportive of new local councils being formed in Leicestershire.
“We need to create Communities with oomph – neighbourhoods who are in charge of their own destiny, who feel if they club together and get involved they can shape the world around them.”
Prime Minister David Cameron, 19 July 2010
“Vicar of Dibley” image of Parish Councils
Issues of knowledge and capacity
Lack of consistency in quality and compliance
But, Parish and town councils are localism and Big Society incarnate.
Success stories of active, inclusive, and empowered Parish Councils
Some shared priorities:
Training of clerks and councillors.
Quality Council Scheme.
Communication between LCC and local councils (both ways).
Resolution of contact issues between local councils and LCC.
Representation of local council views at a strategic level.
Liaison between local councils and Districts/Boroughs.