Presentation on theme: "WELCOME Town & Parish Forum 27 March 2014. AGENDA Financial Overview Communities Breckland Training Services Norfolk Association of Local Councils Town."— Presentation transcript:
AGENDA Financial Overview Communities Breckland Training Services Norfolk Association of Local Councils Town Council Liaison Arrangements Questions & Answers
2014-15 Financial Overview Town & Parish Forum March 2014
Introduction Medium Term revenue budget position 2014-15 costs breakdown Council tax level Business Rates pool
Medium Term Budget (as at 12-13) Net Cost of Services V Total Income
Medium Term Budget (as at 14-15) Net Cost of Services V Total Income
Medium Term Budget (as at 14-15) Outcomes: 2 years balanced budget 2 years freeze on Council Tax levels Efficiency requirement in 2016-17 reduced to £1.35m compared to £3.33m
Medium Term Budget (as at 14-15) Sensitivities: NNDR levels Central Government funding Economic growth Contract inflation Interest rates Localised Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme Council Tax
Business Rates Pool 2014-15 Breckland Joined Norfolk Pool Tariff paid into Pool rather than to Central Government This results in saving in tariff to Norfolk overall Keeps funding within Norfolk rather than centralised Funding to be used to promote economic development within Norfolk
2013/14 Review….. Community Development FOTF 2013 Holiday Activities Thetford Parkrun Book Festival Dereham 5k Cycle Breckland Community Grants Village Games
The year ahead…. 26 th July 2014 – Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse festivalonthefarm.com
The year ahead…. Grants up to £500 for community projects which explore, share and conserve the heritage of the First World War in Breckland. The deadline for grant applications is Friday 9 May 2014
The year ahead…. 22 nd June at Northgate High School
The year ahead…. Volunteers recruited for 2014 Training weekend 29 th & 30 th March
The year ahead…. Fitness in Later Life launching April 2014
The year ahead…. 2 x 10 week blocks of 12 courses Such as Yoga, Golf, Indoor Bowls, Badminton targeted at inactive people
The year ahead…. Spring 2015 Author visits & workshops across the District
So how good is this status? 336 Local Authorities 235 signed up to achieve the Charter 136 achieved the Charter 13 achieved Charter Plus 22 signed up to achieve the Charter 17achieved the Charter 3 achieved Charter Plus
What does this mean for Councillors? Dedicated Panel Annual Self Assessment Questionnaires Annual Personal Development interviews 6 month review Tailor made Training programme
Town and Parish Councillors 5 Town Councils 92 Parish Councils ??? Councillors
Training Programme 2014-2015 Chairing Meeting Skills Software training Media Training Community Champions Managing your time
To book…… Through your Town/Parish Clerk Directly to the Breckland Training Team Leanne Neave – 01362 656225 firstname.lastname@example.org
What services do we offer ? 1 HR Advice Employment Service/Recruitment (chargeable) Meeting Procedure Advice Desk Top Legal Service Weekly e-mail Newsletter Website Lobbying via the National Association
What services do we offer ? 2 Quality Council Mentoring Seminars – either topic specific or general Training Meeting Attendance Locum Clerk service Cafe Clusters 1-1 Meetings LET US KNOW!
Current Problems for Parish Councils Precept – concern regarding localisation of Council Tax Support Scheme grant and possible future capping ‘Informed’ Public! Freedom of Information – social media Audit (proposed transparency code) Consultation overload – recent Local Audit and Accountability Act
Norfolk ALC Norfolk has a great number of Parishes but they are classed in National Terms as small-medium But smaller councils tend to have bigger problems!
What are their problems? Apathy Too much Interest Inter weaving with other village organisations Family Ties Clerks salary as a proportion of the precept Too much to do!
What are their problems Small Councils have big problems Wind Farms Solar Farms Extraction Sites Second Homes Affordable Housing
Growth of the Multi-clerk Many clerks now cover more than one Parish Benefits: Training Costs Shared Good Practice Extended Easy to cluster and consult
Growth of the Multi-clerk Many clerks now cover more than one Parish Pitfalls: Can be anti-training Can ‘lead’ the council Can run out of time! Loss of clerk leaves no cover locally
Localism “My job as Secretary of State is not to sit in my office, making all the decisions, pulling all the strings, coming up with more and more ways to annoy you. It’s to get out of your way: and to get everything else out of your way too. That’s what localism means. Pushing power out to local government, and beyond into neighbourhoods and communities.” Eric Pickles July 2010
Localism Act 2011 Aim to assist councils and communities to make a difference locally through introduction of: General Power of Competence Community Right to Challenge Neighbourhood Planning Community Right to Bid
Localism Update Where are we? According to DCLG localism means “doing more for less” Eric Pickles has also said local councils are “localism’s magic wand” Does this mean the Government want parishes to deliver more for even less?
Conclusion There are councils with problems and these are the ones we are aware of. However, the vast majority of Town and Parish Councils are undertaking services that meet the needs of their community in a professional and timely manner. Hopefully, they are all embracing Localism too!