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LGRC brings best practice to every aspect of a Local Council’s activities – from community strategy and planning right through to service delivery and council administration.

We provide four different types of support to Town, Parish and Community Councils to achieve this aim:

  • Consultancy services – for instance to help develop community strategies, carry out governance and staffing reviews, recruit key staff, and conduct community communication surveys.
  • Training – to develop the best practice skills needed by councils to manage assets, procure and deliver services, and engage effectively with your communities, while ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and procedures.
  • Locums and interim staff – to meet a crucial short-term staffing need where the need arises, whether this relates to the role of the clerk, deputy clerk, RFO, or other member of staff, part time or full time. We also provide a free vacancies advertising facility for permanent staff.
  • Outsourced services – such as payroll, accounting, and human resources administration, so that both council staff and councillors can utilise more of their time productively to meet community needs.
Services

Best Practice Consultancy

We have developed a range of consultancy products which enable us to work with you in a structured way to review and develop community strategies, undertake staffing reviews, develop training plans, conduct community communication surveys, review budgeting and accounting processes, and recruit key staff.

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Training Services

We deliver a range of courses and training assets aimed at developing the practical skills needed by local councils to carry out their role effectively. We employ advanced training delivery methods that make optimum use of classroom based training, webinars, video, online training aids, and clear, practical course materials.

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Locum Services

LGRC can provide a well-qualified locum or interim member of staff to meet your specific short-term need, whether this is for an interim clerk, deputy clerk, RFO, or other member of staff. Our locums are very experienced and qualified local council clerks and other officers who know what needs to be done and can ‘hit the ground running’. Our services are fully compliant with HMRC rules on employment taxation.

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Outsourced Services

Our outsourced services enable council staff and councillors to focus their valuable time to greatest effect in the knowledge that routine but time-consuming tasks, such as payroll accounting, bookkeeping, HR administration, document management, and IT service provision are all being carried out securely and to the highest standards.

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LGRC Coronavirus (Covid-19) policy

In common with many UK organisations LGRC is monitoring the situation with respect to the Coronavirus pandemic and taking appropriate precautions in line with Government advice. LGRC works with and for Town Parish and Community Councils across England and Wales and we therefore have regular contacts with clients in all parts of the country. As of Monday 16th March our approach to continuing operations is as set out below. This approach will evolve both in line with Government requirements and the needs of our client councils.

  1. Our first priority will be to continue to serve existing clients with ongoing contracts  to the best of our ability and in line with existing agreements. We will attempt to achieve all the deliverables in existing contracts and to ensure that our existing clients needs are met. In doing so we will also have regard to any particular policy adopted by our clients in respect of their response to the Coronavirus. We will, where possible, avoid direct visits to Councils and alternatively make use of videoconferencing facilities to interact with them if this is appropriate.
  2. We will continue to issue proposals for new contracts with new or returning clients. In doing so however we will reserve any discussion of commencement date until we are notified that we are successful in winning the business. If commencement date is “of the essence” in respect of any contract then we will undertake a specific discussion on this point as part of the proposal process. We will undertake new contracts strictly on the basis of the availability of appropriate resources. We will  not commence a contract unless, at the commencement, we have all appropriate resources available complete it to an appropriate quality standard.
  3. If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are not able to achieve the required outputs for any client in the required timeframe we will work with them to  achieve alternatives which are as close as possible to those committed or  to amend the agreement to mutually acceptable alternatives. In the event that no such alternatives  are achievable we will work to terminate contracts on the basis of minimising the losses of both LGRC and the client.

LGRC and NALC form new partnership to stage 2019 Local Council EXPO

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Local Government Resource Centre Associates (LGRC) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) have established a new partnership to stage the 2019 Local Council EXPO on 21stJune 2019 at Chateau Impney, in Droitwich, Worcestershire. This follows the highly successful event held in 2016 at the same venue.

Every Town, Parish or Community, Councillor, Clerk or anyone with a general interest in effective Local Councils will benefit from attending the EXPO. It will be by far the largest event taking place anywhere in the UK for those with an interest in operating effective modern Councils.The event will include an exhibition of the best products and services available to local councils together with demonstrations of the latest technology. With all-day entry there will also be an opportunity to speak in depth to a range of experts about how the use of new products can enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, there will be a programme of demonstrations, presentations and discussions running throughout the day in rooms adjacent to the exhibition hall focussing on practical topics of specific interest to Modern  Local Councils.

The EXPO takes place once again in the purpose-built exhibition hall in the picturesque grounds of Chateau Impney. There is ample parking available and there will be a café operating throughout the day on the mezzanine overlooking the exhibition hall. While nowhere in England or Wales is more than 4 hours from the venue some hotel accommodation is available at the hotel for those who wish to make their journey to and from the EXPO over two days.

The new partnership between LGRC and NALC brings together the sector’s foremost professional services company and the national representative body for Local Councilsworking with County Associations to support, promote and improve local councils. Acting together, we are confident EXPO 2019 will be a unique focal event in local council calendars and will provide a valuable experience for all participants which significantly moves forward the understanding of how modern councils can operate.

Further details of the EXPO can be found at http://www.lgrcexpo.com