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18th June 2021

 

  • The Guide To Taking Part will be updated monthly on the following website - www.queensjubileebeacons.com  through to 1st June next year as more and more communities etc, join the project over the next eleven months.
4th May 2021

We are in the process of arranging a further date for this training, details will be published as soon as possible.

15th February 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised the importance of the work of our local councils, community groups and organisations. SALC Executive in November approved a proposal put forward by Cllr David Beechey that SALC undertake a survey to record the work that has taken place to support its members to look to, and prepare for, the future. We have been working with Shropshire Council’s Feedback and Insight Team to prepare some key questions for local research. The survey is designed for town and parish councils across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. We hope to use the survey to learn more about:

  • How local communities have responded to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Any concerns or issues you would like to highlight
  • Organisational support needs
  • How local partnerships are benefiting local people
  • Examples of good practice and case studies
  • Ideas, suggestions and opportunities for the future

The survey is being promoted by both our Unitary Councils and Voluntary Sector partners.  Link to the press release is now live at Shropshire Council’s newsroom and can be viewed here: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2021/02/pandemic-response-surveys/

We hope the results will provide a baseline for future research. A similar survey will be made available for local community groups and we encourage you to share this within your community. The links to both surveys are here and will also be published on our website.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SALCMembersSurvey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SALCCommunitySurvey

We welcome any feedback you may have, please use the open space at the end of the survey to add any issues not covered within the survey questions.

The survey will close on 31 March 2021.

The surveys are available in two formats:

  • Online
  • As a pdf file

If you would like the survey in a different format, please let us know: alc@shropshire.gov.uk. You can also respond with any supporting information in writing:

Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk

Post: Feedback and Insight Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

 

7th February 2021

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware of the recent news regarding Handforth Parish Council's Planning and Environment Committee meeting going viral.

Most of England's 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are run well by councillors, clerks and council staff, who collaborate to deliver their communities ambitions. People get involved in their local councils because they are passionate about their communities and committed to making a difference.

NALC is aware of the negative impact poor behaviour can have. NALC is committed to promoting and supporting good governance and the highest standards of conduct and behaviour in local councils, by councillors, clerks and council staff. NALC also continues to call for the strengthening of the standards regime by introducing sanctions, a single code of conduct and mandatory training.

Local councils and their 100,000 councillors play an essential and growing role in democracy, delivering public services and building stronger communities. They have continued to evolve, take on additional responsibilities and innovate by tackling challenges such as health, housing, climate change, transport and public spaces. Local councils mobilised quickly to be at the forefront of the national coronavirus response, stepping up to support local communities by using the flexibility of remote meetings, which NALC called for, to continue to make decisions and engage with their community.

Communities thrive when people volunteer to get involved and come together to take action on local issues. The upcoming local council elections in May 2021 provide a fantastic opportunity for more people of all backgrounds and experiences to stand as councillors and make a change in their community.

Cllr Sue Baxter,
NALC chairman

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