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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
LGRC’s mission is to provide flexible resources and additional skilled capacity to Local Councils. We now also support the sector by providing a free service for Town, Parish and Community Councils to advertise vacancies for their permanent, full time or part time staff. LGRC’s website is viewed on a regular basis by experienced and qualified Local Council practitioners and is a recruitment hub for Councils and potential staff.
LGRC enters 2018 in very good shape.
We are working on two significant development assignments in connection with Local Government reorganization in Dorset.
We also have a number of long and short term locum assignments around the country and a range of consultancy projects including staffing reviews, job evaluations, developing strategic plans and providing whole council training.
In 2018 we will be seeking to expand our Associate database to meet increasing demand particularly for skilled and flexible Locums who are able to problem solve for councils in difficulty.
We are looking for additional Associates to join our national register of Consultants, Interim Managers and Locums. Successful applicants will be placed on the LGRC register and offered work according to their availability and to client needs, on short, medium or longer term contracts across England and Wales as relevant assignments arise.
LGRC is delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Wilthew, NALC Clerk of the Year and former Chippenham Town Council Chief Executive, to join our team of associates.
Nick Randle OBE, LGRC director, commented: “LGRC are very pleased to be able to offer clients access to someone of Sue’s calibre. I have a long association with Sue and have Read More
Speaking recently at the LGRC Local Council EXPO at Chateau Impney, Droitwich, Sue Baxter, Worcestershire CALC Chair and Vice Chair of NALC, the National Association of Local Councils, highlighted the increasing range of responsibilities for local councils around the county; from the more traditional work areas of playgrounds, lighting, street furniture and public facilities to newer spheres of influence over public facilities such as civic halls, cemeteries, libraries and others.
LGRC have recently been closely involved in helping to establish the new Sutton Coldfield Town Council, which is the largest local council in the country by population.
LGRC, working with a range of Partners, is staging a new one day EXPO for the Local Council Sector on 9th September at Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa. We aim to provide an opportunity for Clerks and Councillors to see the complete range of products and services that a Council might need, all in one place. If you will be looking for a supplier of anything from tractors to IT equipment, or signage to stationery, in the next year or two this is the ideal place to start. If you need to review your banking or insurance, or create a new website, we expect all the major players to be here.
LGRC has launched a Governance Health Check and Performance Review for local councils, irrespective of size of council. It adopts a checklist approach to review the effectiveness of a council in areas such as Constitutional Framework, Operations, Finance, Community Interaction, and HR Management, and makes recommendations/proposes actions to help councils implement best practice. Click here to request more information on this service.
LGRC has launched a half-day course to enable smaller councils to understand the requirements of the Transparency Code and implement suitable website solutions to meet these requirements. We are running a series of these courses in different locations nationally over the next few months. Click here to request more information on a course in your area.
LGRC has launched a post-election training and team-building programme for new and returning Councillors. The course is designed for all Councillors in a Council to take together, to assist them in understanding their roles, the roles of their Council staff, and facilitate shared thinking as to what the Council wants to achieve during its term of office. It is conducted over either a morning, afternoon or evening session, at the Council’s option.
LGRC welcomes three new Associates to the team: Dominic Stapleton, Medium & Larger Councils Specialist, Toby Warren, Economic & Community Development Associate, and Rachel Leggett, Community Programmes & Neighbourhood Planning Specialist. This adds further depth and specialist expertise to LGRC’s capabilities which will be of real value in supporting our Local Council clients.