DAPTC E-News 17th June '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:

FINANCE - Exercise of Public Rights | You should all be in the thick of notifying your communities about the exercise of public rights when it comes to you financial statements to 31st March 2022. It's a busy period I know and apologies for stating the obvious, but it has to be done! Need reassurance or help - let us know asap.

WORKING TOGETHER WEBINARS | Next up on Tuesday 21st June at 4:00pm is a free to members session in conjunction with Dorset Council on Community Resilience Planning and Preparing for Severe Weather Events. Just click on the image under my note to get registered. This will include help if you are thinking of starting a local resilience / emergency plan. You can also REGISTER HERE

AONB DORSET | There is a free webinar for those in the vicinity watching the pylon removal to the west of Dorchester. The AONB have a free webinar and update on the progress being made for those interested. 30th June 2022 at 1:00pm REGISTER HERE

DAPTC STAR AWARDS | We have been busy crayoning in your award certificates and they will be despatched from Monday onwards. Thank you for your support on training over the last 12 months or so, we've seen record numbers, more member councils taking part in training and many new faces. Let's hope that trend continues.

RURAL ENTERPRISE GROUP (REG) | I sit on the Local Enterprise Partnership's REG and this week we discussed a report issued in relation to the Government's levelling up agenda. It's quite thought provoking and worth a read. The document can be viewed in item 6 below, amongst our updates for councils.

E-LEARNING | DAPTC is working closely with our fellow counties across the South West developing some new e-learning modules. If you want to know more about what is available this short video explains all.

Hope you are enjoying the glorious weather - have an enjoyable weekend.

Tuesday 21st June is our next webinar with Dorset Council on Community Resilience Planning and Preparing for Severe Weather Events. REGISTER HERE


** NEW ** 1. New DAPTC Advice Note on the electronic Register of Interests process

You will all recall that last year your councils went through the initial process of creating ROI forms for serving councillors and these forms have been published on the Dorset Council website A-Z of Parish councils.

As time moves on we are now receiving lots of enquiries coming into our inbox regarding the maintenance of the process, i.e. deleting forms for councillors that leave, creating links for councillors who are new to the role etc.  

To help you with these procedures we have create a short Advice Note that you can keep handy to remind you of how to do things.

Please find the
Advice Note here.

** NEW ** 2. An update to guidance for marking the death of a senior national figure.

An email was sent out to all clerks this week which gave an update on the guidance for councils when marking the death of a senior national figure.  If your council has not received the information, please get in touch with us at and we can send it over to you again.

** NEW ** 3. Platinum Jubilee Beacon certificate

Did you parish council organise the lighting of a beacon for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee?  Thanks have been send from Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster of the Jubilee celebrations, for taking part in what was a very successful project.  You can find the
certificate here.

** NEW ** 4. Do you use Plant Protection Products?

Does you council have grounds staff that use Plant Protection Products (PPP)?  If you do please take a look at
this update provided to us by the NALC Legal Team regarding updated legislation

** NEW ** 5.  2022/2023 Governance & Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) Practitioners' Guide - Governance and Accountability for Smaller Authorities in England, is
now available for download for the 2022/23 financial year.

2021/22 JPAG Practitioners' Guide should continue to be used in relation to the 2021/22 year end process and audit.

** NEW ** 6. Levelling Up The Rural Economy - An Inquiry into Rural Productivity. DAPTC received this interesting paper which will be of keen interest to those in rural parishes and the county as a whole. This touches on the role rural communities can play in relationship to the levelling up agenda. Insightful report.

** NEW ** 7. Levelling up - Community Ownership Fund  

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has now published a Prospectus for round two of the fund.  The £150 million fund helps communities across the whole country to take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure.  The fund is not currently available to local councils however you may wish to promote the fund to groups in your local area. 
DAPTC website - job vacancies page


Just click on the training you are interested in - it's now easy to book courses either with us or our training partners. Don't forget to check with your Clerk before finalising dates/times.   
** NEW ** 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

** NEW * NALC celebrates Pride month 

NALC is celebrating Pride, a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBT+ community.

NALC On-Line Events 
How to review neighbourhood planning policies - 29th June 2022 12pm - 1.15pm  Click here for more information on this event.

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