ChALC is delighted that our very own Jackie Weaver has been confirmed as one of the three headliners at this year's NALC Conference. Jackie will be joining Mick King (Local Government and Public Services Ombudsman), and Lord Evans (Committee on Standards in Public Life) who
will centre around three main themes; NALC's #MakeAChange campaign and diversity, public services, and civility and standards.
Jackie became an overnight viral sensation early in 2021 when footage of a council meeting, where she was standing in for the clerk, was shared extensively across social media. A trained counsellor, her calm approach and no-nonsense sensibility in the face of a difficult meeting has been much applauded and admired and – when not working as the ChALC Chief Officer – she continues to share her advice and wisdom across the airwaves and digital spectrum. Jackie is also an ambassador for Compassion in Politics .
Future Communities 2021 which takes place on 2 December 2021, will focus on why local (parish and town) councils are pivotal to building back stronger and better and shaping thriving, resilient future communities.
The ChALC Staff Team are really excited that ChALC has been named a finalist in the National Association of Local Council's (NALC) Star Council Awards 2021.
We are in the running for the County Association Project of the Year award. This is for the work we did last year to capture and showcase the amazing stories from local councils responding to the challenges of Covid-19.
In addition, ChALC is absolutely delighted that Adam Keppel-Green, clerk, Knutsford Town Council and Chris Shaw, clerk Northwich Town Council are finalists for the Clerk of the Year award, and that Cllr Nathan Pardoe, Mayor, Winsford Town Council is a finalist for the Young Councillor of the Year award.
Please see here for the full list of finalists and to read their entries.
The winners and runners-up for the Awards will be announced at an online ceremony in October
Step Four of the Government's Roadmap has now been implemented from 19th July 2021.
There will no longer be limits on gatherings inside and outside and on social distancing. However as cases continue to rise the government is urging caution and personal responsibility.
NALC has advised that Councils may wish to bear in mind the following points :
Every council will have to decide what is appropriate for them given their own specific circumstances.
The NALC Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed them by their peers, and put in place the conditions for continued improvement.
ChALC are pleased to report that three Cheshire councils have recently had their Awards confirmed by NALC.
Well done to all involved!