We have learnt from Tim Cann, Clerk to Old Marston Parish Council that it has been accredited with the Foundation award from the NALC Local Council Award Scheme. Congratulations!
Tim Cann Clerk to Old Marston Parish Council obtained the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) in 2017. He has now encouraged and facilitated his council to attain the first level Foundation Award in the Local Council Award Scheme.
Tim Cann, the Clerk said " I would say that the most beneficial part of this award is the actual process in achieving the award.
Working through the various criteria enables the council, clerk/RFO to ‘audit’ itself.
From the core documents of Standing Orders and Financial Regulations to disciplinary & grievance procedures to publicity in advertising the councils’ activities.
The process makes you stop and think –
· have we got that document?
· Is it up to date?
· What is the purpose of it?
· Does it achieve that?"
OALC would like to think that ALL councils can obtain the Foundation level award.
This is what do you have to do to get this award…
The council confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it recognises its duties in relation to bio-diversity and crime and disorder, and that it also has:
GOVERNANCE : demonstrating good governance in managing the business and finances of a council
· Standing orders
· Financial regulations
· Its Code of Conduct and a link to councillors’ registers of interests
· Its publication scheme
· Its last annual return - AGAR
· Transparent information about council payments
· A calendar of all meetings including the annual meeting of electors
· Minutes for at least one year of full council meetings and (if relevant) all committee and sub-committee meetings
· Current agendas
· The budget and precept information for the current or next financial year
· Its complaints procedure
· Its accessibility statement
· Its privacy notice
· A risk management policy
· A register of assets
COMMUNITY : representing a council’s role in the community and how it engages with the community
· Council contact details and councillor information in line with the Transparency Code
· Its action plan for the current year
· Evidence of consulting the community
· Publicity advertising council activities
· Evidence of participating in town and country planning
DEVELOPMENT: representing council improvement through the management and development of staff and councillors
· Disciplinary and grievance procedures
· A policy for training and development of staff and councillors Contracts for all members of staff
· A record of all training undertaken by staff and councillors in the last year Up-to-date insurance policies that mitigate risks to public money
· A clerk who has achieved 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points in the last year
The council notifies the NALC accreditation panel co-ordinator when the resolution has been agreed and provides a completed application form, including webpage addresses to where the information can be found online.