A View From Our Window

Dear Clerks and Councillors


August has finally quietened down a little on the contact front.  I can tell from the out of office messages that several you have taken the opportunity to catch up on some well-earned respite from local government.  We are currently all on duty and using the time to catch up on housekeeping, website tweaks, the AGM -16th Nov, and our Conference – 25th Oct.

This week you will all have received the invitation from the SAAA regarding the appointment of the External Auditor for the next contract.  Of course, whilst there was an ‘opt out’ option, you can’t yet opt out because we don’t who we will be opting out from until they make the appointment!  So, we await the announcement as to who will be responsible for our AGAR’s, however as I said earlier this week do not rush to opt out until you have read all the small print!

Questions this week have included Tupe agreements, Crowd Funding and Co-options to name the highlights.  Our life is always varied.  We have forwarded some of these queries to our member support services for answers, demonstrating the value of membership to BMKALC.

Meetings this week have included a webinar on Menopause in the Workplace looking at the strategies and responsibilities of employers and we are investigating a Carbon Literacy Qualification.  Hopefully more information on both soon.

I have also raised the question to BC Planning to be answered at their next Liaison meeting as to why the decision was taken to remove comments on planning applications from the Planning Portal.  Other BC related planning questions welcome, but let me know quickly so that I can get them in. 

We are finally getting closer to a delivery of the 13th edition of Charles Arnold Baker, the essential companion to every council.  They are expensive, true. They are also hugely useful.  We didn’t recommend the purchase of the 12th not enough content update but are recommending this one.  The price to order through us is £137 plus p&p.  Please let us have your orders by emailing with CAB – PREORDER, in the subject heading so that I can ensure we are on the list for early delivery.

I’ve had some feedback regarding Council content for our Community Initiative area of Conference 2022, please continue to send me your experiences.  Lorraine will be sending out further information on this later today.  NALC’s Empowering Communities Conference on 7th November register your place and find out more about this event by clicking on this link https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-events/empowering-communities

Finally, positive feedback from some of members on establishing a Larger Council Forum and our SLCC Branch happy to work with us, some Clerks are still away though, so I look forward to hearing their comments and then setting up an opportunity for us to meet up, probably through ZOOM as I know how busy you all are.

We wish you all a safe and happy weekend and look forward to talking with you next week.

Kind regards

Mel, Helen and Lorraine

A View From Our Window Supplement

As I said earlier, August is often housekeeping time, so if you are considering those paper files in the corner or boxed up in the loft, take a read through this Retention and destruction of information | ICO.  That led me to the NALC LTN on the subject, which in turn, highlighted to me the number of updated LTN’s we have had so far this year.  Now, I haven’t highlighted key points, they are all important. You will need your current NALC membership to view them.

Thank you, NALC, plenty more to go. 😊  Happy reading everyone.

Kind regards


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