DAPTC E-News 1st July '22 
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Hi Everyone

A heads up on some key bits of information either with you already or just about to land:

CLERKS' CONFERENCE - SAVE THE DATE |  It's finally happening and it will be on Wednesday 14th September 2022 at Kingston Maurward from 10am onwards. We have an exciting day planned and some great content coming together, which will be informative and interactive. An invite will come out shortly to your mailboxes. As an opportunity to network and catch up - don't miss out and book your place ASAP!

WORKING TOGETHER WEBINAR | Next up is a session with Dorset Council Libraries Team about their ongoing consultation #let'stalklibraries. Find out more on our  WORKING TOGETHER WEBPAGE

NEXT WEEK | COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW (CGR) - Dorset Council Area | After the conclusion of the second wave of consultations the next key date is the publication of the meeting papers around 6th July 2022. Dorset Council's meeting on 14th July 2022 is the key date for decision making. CGR WEBPAGE & TIMELINE

2021 CENSUS | The census data from last year has now been published and is available to interrogate to your hearts content. OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS WEBSITE

FORTHCOMING TRAINING & EVENTS | We have added another Clerks' Code of Conduct & ROI Briefing for Monday 4th July 2022 which will take place on line between 10am and 11am. Any last minute attendees welcome where Clerks can find out how we cover conduct training with your elected and co-opted councillors. 

DAPTC AGM | We've written to all Clerks to seek any motions for the 2022 AGM in November and the timeline and submission form can be found on our AGM WEBPAGE

HELP I NEED SOMEONE | Sadly we have a steady trickle of job vacancies in our parishes for clerks - further down is the link to the current posts available. I'd also be keen to hear from any Clerks with capacity (that's not a joke!) that could help temporarily, parishes between clerks. This might suit an assistant clerk currently undertaking CiLCA. Drop us an email or call 01305 224460 between 9am and 2pm Mon to Fri.

Look out next week for the training e-news......we have an announcement or two that might be of interest.

Head to our training page for course dates and topics | Download a printable schedule here: DAPTC TRAINING DATES
Monday 1st August is our next webinar with Dorset Council who will give an update on the Lets Talk Libraries consultation  FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER 

** NEW** 1. Updates from the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have provided us with a YouTube link to share with you which gives an update on its work and activity.   The updates are issued about every 4 months. 
June 2022 DWFRS public video provides an update on their work since December 2021. The video features incidents they attended including a significant house fire in Warminster in February and the Canford Heath fire in April. It also covers proactive prevention and protection work undertaken as well as an update on their annual award ceremony and HMI inspection. More information about DWFRS and the work they do can be found on
The Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service  have also produced an article where they share some of the messaging they have on BBQ’s around the
#BringAPicnicNotABBQ message throughout Dorset.  

** NEW ** 2. Request for your time to complete a questionaire

Student Jane Mills is currently studying for the qualification in Community Governance through De Montfort University and the SLCC.  Jane is writing a dissertation entitle 'Is Workplace Bullying undermining staffing in Town and Paris Councils' and she's created a questionnaire for Clerks to complete to help with her research.  If you can spare the time and would like to help Jane please complete her questionnaire

3. New legislation - councillor disqualification for sexual offences

The Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022, was passed on 28th April 2022 and comes into force on 28th June 2022.  The act inserts a new section 81A to the Local Government Act 1972, essentially disqualifying anyone listed on the sex offenders’ register from being a councillor or being elected to a council whilst they are listed on the register.   NALC Legal Topic Note 8 will be updated with the relevant detail when the provision comes in to force.

4. Quiet Lanes initiative in Suffolk

We thought you may be interested to read about the Quiet Lanes initiative that has been successful in the county of Suffolk. These lanes encourage more active travel including walking, cycling and horse-riding, which around 200 local councils have participated in and 350 lanes have been designated.  For more information take a look at the details here.

DAPTC website - job vacancies page
Dementia-friendly Councils - Survey

NALC has published a new survey on dementia-friendly councils.

In 2020, NALC launched a survey to identify the work that local councils are doing to assist those most vulnerable in their communities and gain insight into potential barriers to this progress.  Following this, NALC published the Dementia-Friendly Communities guide, demonstrating the positive impact of building dementia-friendly communities and providing our local councils with the tools to help them develop their own.   

The latest survey aims to gather feedback on the usage and effectiveness of this publication. All responses will help support local councils in ensuring that people living with dementia and their families continue to be included in all aspects of community life.

The survey closes on 22 July 2022.     Complete the survey

NALC On-Line Events 
Giving local councils more of a say on housing - 27th July 2022 12pm - 1.15pm  Click here for more information on this event.

** NEW **  Working between the Tiers  - 28th September 2022 12pm - 1.15pm  Click here for more information
NALC to hold it's first-ever hybrid conference - Empowering Communities
NALC will hold its first-ever hybrid conference later this year. Empowering Communities takes place on 7 November 2022 between 10am and 4pm at America Square Conference Centre in London.

In person Ticket - up to £130 for NALC member
Virtual Ticket - up to £70 for NALC member

Find out more about the event and register for your place today.

Links to useful NALC Webpages:

NALC Committees - if you are interested in the work that NALC does through it's committees, you can view the latest Agendas and Minutes  here.

Latest Funding and Grants Bulletin 

Climate Change - information and guidance

 Keep up to date with NALC via their Blog page and their News page.
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