SNAP POLL - PLANNING NOTIFICATIONS (Dorset Council Area) | We emailed out this week a snap poll following contact from a number of members with continuing concerns about the inconsistent or lack of awareness neighbours have to planning applications. This coincided with a couple of motions arriving for our AGM in November on the same topic. The snap poll has been issued to assist our Executive Committee when they consider the motions to understand how widespread the concerns are. The poll links are below if you have not actioned the email sent to Clerks/Chairs on Thursday.
EXTERNAL AUDITOR NATIONAL AGREEMENT | Yikes - these 5 year agreements come around quickly! All Clerks/RFOs will have received an email this week from SAAA (NALC represent you nationally). This rather formal email asks councils to do one of two things; opt in (do nothing in response) or opt out of the national agreement on audit arrangements (in which case you have to click on a link to express your desire as a council to opt out). It's a tight turnaround and requires a council resolution and as such needs to be looked at very early in September.
It's very rare a council chooses to do this and the email contains a number of reasons not to - please share with members at the earliest opportunity. Our advice is to do nothing and remain in the national arrangements simply on a cost basis.
PLANNING TRIO | We have just agreed new dates for the end of 2022 for our popular planning trio with Dr. Andrea Pellegram. For the dates and times and to register click here: DAPTC PLANNING TRIO
DAPTC e-news | There will be a break next week from the e-news with the next publication being 2 September 2022.
POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER CORRESPONDENCE | We continue to represent members on forums around Dorset and this week we received two items from PCC David Sidwick and Scott Chilton of Dorset Police. READ: PCC Letter and Scott Chilton Letter.
CLERKS' CONFERENCE | Spaces are booking up fast for the Clerks' Conference on 14 September conference at Kingston Maurward - don't miss out! - Registration is now openand read more about the content on our dedicated webpage page including cameo videos from presenters and exhibitors: CLERKS' CONFERENCE
Before I head off for a short break could I remind you to vote for Bridport Town Council in NALC's Star Awards! Details are below - deadline Monday 22 August.
** NEW ** 1. A cautionary tale - what to avoid during the External Audit process
The SAAA are mentioned in the introduction of this newsletter, and they have recently added a new Blog to the NALC website. The Blog, entitled A parish council's failings - A cautionary tale from the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments give details of how a small parish council ended up with a Public Interest Report and a large invoice from their External Auditors due to a series of mistakes that could have easily been avoided. It is definitely worth a read.
** NEW ** 2. Last chance to vote for the Council of the Year
The NALC Council of the Year category will be decided by a public vote. Cast your vote by 22nd August - this coming Monday - to help decide who will be crowned as NALC's Star Council Awards 2022 Council of the Year. Dorset's Bridport Town Council is waiting for your vote!!
** NEW ** 3. NALC secures Arnold-Baker discount
NALC has secured a 20% discount for member local councils off the purchase price of the new 13th edition of Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration.The purchase price will be £164.99, reduced to £131.99 with a NALC member discount. To purchase your copy, please contact Lewis Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01133 571 578.
** NEW ** 4. One month to go until the Tour of Britain cycling event heads to Dorset
The countdown to the Tour of Britain's first-ever visit to Dorset has begun. You can also find out more from Dorset Council here.
5. Green Flag Awards 2022 won by Dorset councils
As part of the Love Parks Week run by Keep Britain Tidy a number of awards have been received by town councils in Dorset. The councils who have been given the prestigious awards for parks and open spaces within their towns are listed below:
Congratulations to all the towns who worked so hard to achieve the awards!
6. Do you need some Capital Funding for a project?
Are you looking to make a difference to people living in your community? Do you need some capital funding for your project? Dorset Council launched a new grant earlier this year to support not for profit community and cultural organisations, including Parish and Town Councils, to deliver new and improved facilities for local communities.
The Capital Leverage Fund can help fund a range of projects, including village hall or community building enhancements, renovations, maintenance, or new build projects, including car parks, play areas, multi-use games areas, theatres, community sports clubs, sports pitches and landscaping.
Applications are welcome for projects that help to address climate change themes, new public art, or heritage capital projects including accredited museums.
You can apply for a capital grant of between £1,000 and £25,000, to fund up to 20% of your total project costs. For more details on criteria, fund aims, and how to complete your application form please follow the link to the CL Fund webpage on the Dorset Council website.
Applications can only be accepted via the online application form. Applications will close at 12pm on Friday 6 January 2023. The next assessment panel is taking place next month so applications for this round need to be submitted no later than 12 September 2022.
7. Have you received any odd emails from DAPTC?
We've been advised by some of our members that you are receiving spam emails from DAPTC this week, main along the lines of advising you of an 'Email Compromise Alert'. When you receive something in your inbox that looks suspicious you can first of all check the 'From' email address to see if you think it looks correct.
8. Sign up for the free service at the Cyber Resilience Centre for the South West
Following on from the item above you may be interested in signing up to the Cyber Resilience Centre for the South West. For all the information on the free service follow the link here for their informative website.
9. Have your council insurance premiums gone up?
Parish Council sector insurance brokers BHIB give a general view on what is driving insurance premiums up so that you can explain some of the reasons to councillors when renewing your agreements. Find out more here.
For further information on the charter and how to sign up contact the Dorset Watch Association here.
** NEW ** NALC want to here about the valuable work that you have been doing
NALC are in the process of compiling the 2022 edition of their Points of Light publication and they are interested to hear
For those who don’t know, Points of Light is a collection of case studies highlighting the range of work that local councils undertake. The 2021 edition can be viewed here.
If you council has done interesting and innovative work in the following areas: Loneliness, Cost of Living, Sport (especially football), Parks, Libraries, Markets, Young People or Civic Pride e.g. making places clean & attractive to visitors please send in any relevant weblinks or documents to Jessica Lancod-Frost at NALC.
** NEW ** NALC Request to complete Dementia Friendly Communities Survey
NALC is hoping to produce a short briefing report in conjunction with Professor Ian Sheriff of the University of Plymouth in the second half of this calendar year – based on the results of an ongoing survey issued in mid-June around Dementia Friendly communities and use of the Dementia Friendly Communities guide published in 2020 here.
The survey has been extended and now ends at 23:45 on 30th September 2022, so please do complete the survey.
NALC On-Line Events
Working between the Tiers - 28th September 2022 12pm - 1.15pm Click herefor more information
Local Councils and communications strategies - 26th October 2022 12pm - 1.15pm Click herefor 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