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IMPROVING LOCAL
COMMUNITIES
TOGETHER!
Jonathan Owen
Chief Executive
11 October 2014
First Six Months at NALC
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My background
Out and about
Listening and Learning
First impressions: diverse, committed,
passionate
• First impressions: up for the challenge,
enthusiastic to deliver
• Great opportunity – Fresh Start
About NALC
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Strengths
Influential – role on
Government’s Partnership
Board
Committed councillors and
staff, eager for change
Quality services
Small HQ - £1m (70%
affiliation fees, 30% income)
14 Staff.
Great partners in CALCs and
SLCC
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Improvements
Communications
Are we providing the right
services?
Engaging councillors and
CALCs in policy making and
lobbying
Customer focus
Develop partnerships
including CALCS & Society of
Local Council Clerks
SLCC/NALC new protocol
• Twice yearly meeting between office holders,
CEOs to meet every three months.
• Mutual promotion of membership – aiming for
100% membership of the Association and the
Society.
• Complementary activity, more shared services.
• Work together to promote joint advice and
model procedures.
Proposed annual work programme
2014/15
• Encourage participation in new local council
award scheme and take-up of CILCA.
• Establish sector led body to procure audit
services.
• Joint advice on working hours etc.
• New model terms and conditions.
• Work towards a complementary conference
programme and joint events (Revisit the joint
County Secretary and SLCC County Branch
Secretary events?).
A New Future: NALC’s strategic plan
Three clear priorities
1. To deliver quality services to member
councils and county associations
2. To create new councils and grow
membership
3. To promote and represent the sector
effectively.
Priority 1 - Better services –
employment (Cllr workshop 30/9/14)
Issues raised by Cllrs
• Councillor awareness, training
and behaviours
• Pensions
• Workloads
• Recruitment and retention
• Skills and training
• Appraisals/ performance
management
• Non-SLCC staff
Solutions/joint work
• Raise Cllrs awareness of role as
employers
• Joint SLCC/NALC training
• Share good practice
• Model policies
• Joint guidance
• Advice on working conditions
• Succession planning
• FAQs
• Mediation/peer review/ HR checklist
• Good councillors guide/ national training
strategy
Priority 2 – New Councils
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Councils
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Queen’s Park
Chadwick End
Badgers Mount
Penrith
Whitehaven
Petitioning
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Campaigning
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Considering
131 Communities, ½ m people
Priority 3 – A Strong National Voice
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Lobbying successes
All parties committed to
localism
Finance: referenda
principles, council tax
support scheme – but
more to do
Cheque reform
Electronic agenda
National media coverage
(see next slides)
Need your help
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Next steps
Focussed manifesto with
clear objectives
Increase understanding
esp around finance
Extend influence across
Government, with parties
and think tanks
Build sector’s reputation
Campaigning together –
local, regional and
national advocacy
Communications! Communications!
Communications!
• Need to raise understanding of sector, what it does,
how it is changing and its potential to support
devolution
• Engage media more in all our work
• Publicise examples of good work and achievements by
local councils
• Use new media to engage with different people and
encourage councils to do so too
• Get our stories across effectively at all levels – local
regional and national
• We need your help!
Love your parish council
Sunday Times, 27 April 2014
James Butcher, Age 21, Chairman, Lancing Parish Council
Challenges ahead
• Delivery! Localism, devolution, services.
• 2015 council elections - and supporting new
councillors
• 2015 national elections and ensuring role, profile
and influence of local councils enhanced
• Building capacity and skills – local council award
scheme
• Working together / clustering to improve local
communities.
New Opportunities too
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The Scotland result and the English Question
New constitutional settlement for the UK?
Greater devolution to cities and regions?
Parish and Town Councils (and community
councils in Wales and Scotland) must be included
too.
• NALC manifesto: Stronger Local Democracy
• NALC manifesto: Fairer funding
• NALC manifesto: More powers
Thank you for listening
Any questions or comments?
E: [email protected]
020 7290 0307
Thank you for listening

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