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OALC AGM - Date for you diary Monday 3rd July 2017 - excellent speaker Tom Fort

Location: Didcot Civic Hall

Time: 7.30pm, refreshments from 7pm

After the business of the AGM our speaker will be Cllr Tom Fort, Sonning Common Parish Councillor and author of newly published The Village News. The publishers blurb is I feel rather anodyne:

"We have lived in villages a long time.  The village was the first model for communal living.  Towns came much later, then cities.  Later still came suburbs, neighbourhoods, townships, communes, kibbutzes.  But the village has endured. Across England, modernity creeps up to the boundaries of many, breaking the connection the village has with the land. With others, they can be as quiet as the graveyard as their housing is bought up by city ‘weekenders’, or commuters. The ideal chocolate box image many holidaying to our Sceptred Isle have in their minds eye may be true in some cases, but across the country the heartbeat of the real English village is still beating strongly – if you can find it. To this mission our intrepid historian and travel writer Tom Fort willingly gets on his trusty bicycle and covers the length and breadth of England to discover the essence of village life. His journeys will travel over six thousand years of communal existence for the peoples that eventually became the English. Littered between the historical analysis, will be personal memories from Tom of the village life he remembers and enjoys today in rural Oxfordshire.The Village News

I think this review gives a much better flavour of the book...

" the book really comes alive when Fort discusses his home village, Sonning Common in Oxfordshire, of which he remarks:

The list of attributes it does not have is impressive in its way. There are no buildings in it with any reasonable claim to architectural merit or historic interest. There are no authentically ancient dwellings – one house of Tudor origin, much altered, is not really in the village at all. There is no village green. The church, 1960s functional, is tucked away next to a car-repair workshop … There is no cricket ground, picturesque or other otherwise.

Fort’s life in Sonning Common, in other words, is the kind of village life that readers who do not live in the Cotswolds or the Lake District might already be familiar with or indeed aspire to: messy, sprawling and wonderfully average"

 

 

Vacancies on OALC Executive Committee - volunteers sought

Now you will all have had your elections, shorted out your committees and elected a chairman for the coming year we would like to fill a few vacancies on our Executive Committee.

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Our Executive Committee meets three times per year at 3pm on Monday afternoons at Exeter Hall, Kidlington. We have an elected county council representative, and one from each of the district councils, in addition we have three representatives from town and parish councils in each district council. We have 2 vacancies for representatives from town and parish councils in Cherwell, one from South Oxfordshire, one from Vale of White Horse and one from West Oxfordshire.


The job is not onerous but enables you to contribute to a wider perspective on local government, hearing about national developments and how our sector fits into both district and county council. We would dearly like to hear from you. Please give us a call if you would like to find out more. We ask that you are nominated by your own council, nomination forms are available from us.

 

 

 

 

IMPROVING ACCESS TO OXFORDSHIRE’S COUNTRYSIDE AND GREEN SPACES

Oxfordshire has an excellent network of local rights of way and accessible green spaces in its countryside, rural communities and in urban areas. The county is also criss-crossed by longer trails such as the Thames Path and the Ridgeway and by regional routes such as the Oxfordshire Way.

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Footpaths and bridleways provide opportunities for people to access green spaces for relaxation, exercise and enjoyment. Walking or cycling has many health benefits and brings people closer to the natural world, while better links along rights of way within and between communities offer scope for reducing car use. Local voluntary groups are often involved with looking after local paths and bridleways; now the summer is on its way, what better time to get outside and get involved with local access projects, or just enjoy exploring our beautiful county?

But could we make better use of rights of way in Oxfordshire?

Some routes have challenging surfaces, stiles or gates and many lack information and signage about points of interest and circular routes. The County Council is responsible for managing the rights of way network, doing so by working with farmers and local communities. But OCC has limited funding and time to carry out improvements; this is where TOE2 and volunteers can help.

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TOE2 works in partnership with OCC, supporting communities to ensure better rights of way networks that are more accessible and easier to use, providing valuable links between and within settlements. TOE2 is keen to support more local voluntary groups to help maintain and improve Oxfordshire’s Rights of Way Network, building on the excellent work of existing groups such as the South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers, the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, and the Ramblers Path Works Volunteers. Working alongside Parish Councils and OCC such groups help ensure that local people can enjoy better connected paths and bridleways to access local green spaces.

What is TOE2 and what are we doing for rights of way in Oxfordshire?


TOE2 is Oxfordshire’s independent environmental funder, supporting projects that make real and lasting improvements to the environment and to the lives of local people. TOE2, a charity and a not-for-profit company, has worked in partnership with OCC for several years to improve access to rights of way and green spaces across the county, supporting the aims of the Oxfordshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan (www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/rowip).

TOE2 can provide grant funding to support local access projects so that local groups can get materials and possibly training. Since 2011 TOE2 has allocated about £200,000 to access projects across Oxfordshire, primarily with funding provided by Grundon Waste Management through the Landfill Communities Fund. Here are a few examples of projects we have funded:

TOE2 welcomes funding applications from non-profit making organisations and groups including:
• Parish Councils
• Local charities
• Environmental charities and groups
• Other local voluntary groups

What sorts of projects would we like to fund?
• More support for strategic routes and for links to these routes, eg; National Trail links, the Oxfordshire Way, longer riding routes
• Better links with the health agenda, eg; Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, trim trails and path exercise circuits, access for people with disabilities, Green Health Routes
• More funding to support families wishing to access green spaces on foot or by bicycle
• Improving year round access for wheelchairs and pushchairs
• Projects that link biodiversity, education and access
• Supporting the establishment, training and work of groups of access volunteers

Are you interested in supporting access to green spaces in Oxfordshire?
We would love to hear from any local organisations or companies interested in supporting better access to green spaces in Oxfordshire; TOE2 provides an effective mechanism for delivering funding to good local projects.

For further information about TOE2:

Fiona Danks, Director, Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2)
Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, OX14 4QZ
www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk 01865 407003 fiona.danks@trustforoxfordshire.org.uk @toe2_oxon


Police and Crime Commissioner Launches New Police and Crime Plan, March 2017

Anthony Stansfeld

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley is Anthony Stansfeld, he is a District Councillor from Hungerford, West Berkshire.

Thames Valley is a huge geographical area covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This creates logistical difficulties in that a lot of statutory and non-statutory bodies would like to have access to the PCC to press their case when, in particular, voluntary groups will be tendering to supply services to the police rather than receiving a grant as at present. The Police and Crime Panel which scrutinises the functions of the PCC has only 20 places on it, of which 18 are elected from the 18 local authorities within Thames Valley, there are 2 co-opted members but none from other sectors.


The Police and Crime Plan, covers the period 2017 – 2021, sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations across the Thames Valley, including the response to regional and national threats.

This new Plan consists of five broad strategic priorities which are:


The priorities and aims in the Plan will be addressed in greater detail through the delivery plans of Thames Valley Police, the Office of the PCC and other partner service delivery plans, particularly Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

More information on the Plan here

 

LEADER funding available for rural projects

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In Oxfordshire there are four separate LEADER programmes:

LEADER is a European Union scheme which provides funding towards projects that create jobs, help businesses to grow and benefit the rural economy. As we head towards Brexit the programme will wind down therefore if you have any projects which potentially fit the criteria we would urge you to contact the relevant LEADER person for your area.

Grants are restricted to 40% of the total project costs for new capital projects but could be higher for non-profits. The Cotswold LEADER Programme will consider grants from £5,000 - £50,000, Oxfordshire will consider £5,000 - £35,000. Most types of organisation can apply.

LEADER is a national scheme with six priorities:

Each of the four areas in Oxfordshire have slightly different priorities which reflect their particular area needs.

James Webb, LEADER Programme Manager, Cotswolds would like to receive more applications across all themes and in particular for:

The Oxfordshire LEADER priorities are:

 In addition, there is a list of things that can’t be applied for, which are common to all six themes.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate LEADER office to check eligibility.

Oxfordshire:    Sophie Milton & Kathy Deacon      www.oxfordshireleader.org.uk

Cotswolds:    James Webb      www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/grants-and-projects/cotswolds-leader

North Wessex Downs:  Dawn Hamblin        www.northwessexleader.org.uk 

Chilterns:       Emma Waters      www.leader-programme.org.uk/areas/chilterns.html

 

One Oxfordshirenow becomes - Better Oxfordshire

 

Oxfordshire County Council agreed at its Cabinet meeting on 13th March to submit its unitary bid to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). However, Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxford City Council disagree with this proposal.

The unitary proposal was received by DCLG but the General Election, 8th June has thrown any possible timetable for decisionmaking into disarray.

OALC are entirely neutral on the unitary proposals; town and parish councils will have to work with whatever shape or form local government might take in Oxfordshire. The current Better Oxfordshire proposals are suggesting an Area Board/Panel approach based around the market towns rather than the previous district council approach. This is modelled on the Wiltshire approach.

 

 

Home Truths 2016/7 - The housing market in the South East

Figures are taken from the National Housing Federation Home Truths leaflet. It points out some salutary figures:

Average house price in 20161

Mean monthly private sector rents 2015-62

Mean annual earnings in 2015 3

Ratio of house prices to incomes4

Income required for 80% mortgage 2016 5

Percent of Housing Benefit claimants in employment6

Unemploy-ment rate 2015-67

Second homes8

Total housing association affordable homes 2016 9

Oxfordshire

£380,526

£1,070

£30,846

12.3

£86,977

30%

3.8%

3,039

34,216

Cherwell

£307,862

£909

£29,422

10.5

£70,368

31%

3.4%

458

8,112

Oxford

£471,599

£1,206

£29,406

16.0

£107,794

30%

4.3%

1,159

5,050

South Oxford-shire

£441,889

£1,149

£35,490

12.5

£101,003

30%

2.4%

341

7,277

Vale of White Horse

£361,784

£1,012

£32,339

11.2

£82,693

30%

2.6%

248

7,574

West Oxford-shire

£343,190

£876

£27,862

12.3

£78,444

30%

2.6%

833

6,203

England

£282,011

£820

£27,680

10.2

£66,460

24%

5.1%

245,324

2,667,406

South East

£338,444

£959

£30,113

11.2

£77,359

28%

4.1%

40,849

373,106

Notes:

  1. Office for National Statistics,(ONS), small area statistics
  2. Valuation Office Agency
  3. ONS, Annual Survey of hours and earnings
  4. ONS, small area statistics and Annual Survey of hours and earnings
  5. ONS, small area statistics and national Housing Federation own analysis
  6. Dept. for Work and Pensions, Stat Xplore
  7. ONS, NOMIS model based estimates
  8. DCLG Council Tax base
  9. Homes and Communities Agency Statistical Data return 2016

Is there anything your parish council can do to help?

 

Toe2 logoToE managing energy

TOE2, Oxfordshire’s independent environmental funder, believes that energy efficient community buildings which are well insulated, effectively heated, with good lighting and facilities will stand out as welcoming, energy-saving community spaces. 

Following the four year ENRICH programme (Energy Reduction in Community Halls) funded by the Patsy Wood Trust, TOE2 continues to support community buildings that wish to become more welcoming while reducing costs and cutting carbon emissions.  How can TOE2 help you?  

If you are interested in reducing energy demand in your community building, please contact us for more information about ways we might be able to help:

admin@trustforoxfordshire.org.uk  01865 407003 www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk

 

 

Open up the toolkit to avoid the floodsBBC flooding

A new online “toolkit” has been launched by Oxfordshire County Council which provides a “one-stop-shop” for flooding information and advice.

The new website, which can be found at http://www.oxfordshirefloodtoolkit.com brings together all you need to take action against the potential menace posed by flooding.

First of its kind in Oxfordshire

It is the first resource of its kind in Oxfordshire and builds on the success of the approach in Northamptonshire. The site is also supported financially by Oxford City Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Thames Water.

How to guides – useful templates for parish councils

Visitors can browse through information helpfully organised under headings such as “Am I at Risk?” and learn how best to help themselves through a series of “How to” guides.

For parish councils go to the How to guides…. Tab and click on it, from the three choices on the drop down menu select ‘How to become a flood resilient community’. If you click on the How to …. Create a Community Emergency Plan you will find a useful template. If you click on How to … work with landowners in your community you will find template letters the council can adapt and send to riparian owners to encourage them to clear ditches and watercourses.

The toolkit also explains the different types of flooding with bespoke guides on how to deal with them and, for those responsible for things such as drains and streams running across their land, instructions on how to carry out preventative maintenance.

Interactive illustrations give visual inspiration for ways people can protect their properties and highlight some of the areas that would not instantly spring to mind, such as the garage, air bricks and cable holes.

Preventing the worst effects of flooding

County Councillor Rodney Rose, Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Knowledge and preparation is the key to preventing the worst effects of flooding.

The county council is the lead local flood authority for Oxfordshire which means that we have taken the idea of the flood toolkit seriously, and we are delighted with the support we have had from our partners.

“There is much that can be done to plan for and deal with flooding so that it affects you as little as possible. Doing your research acting now is far more effective and preferable to clearing up afterwards.

“Even just doing one or two of the things shown on the site such as signing up to a flood alert could make a big difference, but I would suggest people sit down and take some time to go through the toolkit and see just how much they could do to help themselves.

“The county council and partner agencies are playing their part to reduce the impact of flooding through developing and maintaining new and existing infrastructure. But that is only part of the picture – self-help is also needed.”

Find funding and teach the children

Other useful features on the toolkit site include links that could help secure funding for flood related projects and an educational pack for schools.

If you have any questions or queries Chris Brown, Oxfordshire Strategic Flood Risk Management Officer is happy to talk to you, his contact details are:

Mobile 07775 025 240                  chris.brown@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Oxfordshire County Council, Environment and Economy,

County Hall,  New Road,

Oxford,  Oxfordshire OX1 1ND

 

 

New External Auditors Appointed

SAAA

On 30 November 2016 the Small Authorities Audit Authority (SAAA) announced the conclusion of its procurement process and the award of audit contracts for five years to the successful external audit firms. For Oxfordshire we have been appointed Moore Stephens.

Moore Stephens

Responsibilities under the new contracts will relate to accounts for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2017.

It is important to note that for the financial year 2016/17 there are no changes to your existing audit arrangements and you should continue to work with your existing auditors BDO on limited assurance reviews for accounts for the financial year 1 April 2016-31 March 2017.

The new appointments only become effective for the five year period in relation to accounts for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2017. All matters relating to the financial year 2016-17, including the Annual Return for the year 2016-17, should still be sent to your current external auditor.


This is the announcement on the SAAA website http://www.localaudits.co.uk/appts.html

 

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TOE2 – OXFORDSHIRE’S INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDER

A few examples of recently completed TOE2 funded projects

Accessing Chinnor: £2,400, Grundon
Nine stiles were replaced by gates during this project. The whole scheme is the beginning of a Chiltern Society initiative which is strongly supported by Chinnor Parish Council to improve access to rights of way in this area. This is in recognition of the fact that Chinnor currently has some of the most neglected and least accessible paths in the South Oxfordshire Chilterns.


Thames Trail Benson to Wallingford path: £5,000, Grundon
This section of the Thames Path is extremely popular and is used daily, being near the centre of Wallingford and a great link for members of the public to Benson, but due to condition of the surface it limits users i.e. pushchairs, mobility vehicles etc, and even people on foot have found it challenging during wetter periods. The path is now much more accessible and is being well used.


Hartslock Nature Reserve: £1,215 S106 funding
BBOWT’s Hartslock nature reserve is a south facing, unimproved, species rich chalk downland hill near Goring. Funding was provided for electric fencing to be set up to enable strip grazing by sheep to prevent grasses outcompeting the rare plants found at this site. Hartslock nature reserve is one of three places in the country to have the Monkey orchid and the only one that has the hybrid of the Monkey and Lady orchid.


Mably Way Wildflower Nature Reserve: £2,000, Grundon

This was an unused, overgrown children’s play area. There has been a huge number of the community involved in this Sustainable Wantage project; scouts, beavers, schools. The new wildflower area is now enjoyed by the whole community.

Applying to TOE2 for environmental grants
Our deadlines for grant applications in 2017 are 3 Jan, 6 March, 5th June and 4th Sept.


Green Space Project in the Thame area
Funding is available for access and/or biodiversity improvements at a publicly accessible green space in Thame. The project might include creating or improving wildlife habitats, creating or improving access and rights of way, or purchase of land.
Funding of £6,012 is available for a project that fits these criteria, but applications for sums up to about £10,000 may be considered. Please contact us for further information.

General environmental grant scheme
We welcome application for funding; most grants are up to £5,000 but we can consider larger amounts for exceptional projects. Thanks to Grundon Waste Management and Oxfordshire County Council for supporting the TOE2 grant scheme.


TOE2 invites applications for projects that;
• Promote and improve biodiversity
• Support Oxfordshire’s Low Carbon Agenda through encouraging energy efficiency and the sustainable use of renewable resources in community facilities
• Improve access to green spaces and the countryside

Please contact us to discuss your project ideas.
TOE2 and TVERC Recorders’ Grant Scheme
TOE2 is delighted to invite applications for small projects that improve the quality, quantity and/or coverage of voluntary species recording in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Applications may be standalone grants to support better recording or they may be linked to a larger biodiversity application to TOE2.

Please contact us or for further information about the Recorders’ Grant Scheme.

TOE2 contact details:
01865 407003 or admin@trustforoxfordshire.org.uk or visit our website www.trustforoxfordshire.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @TOE2_Oxon

 


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Parish and Town Council Liaison Number

As you may be aware, Oxfordshire County Council recently set up a liaison number for Parish and Town Councils. This number is restricted to just Parish and Town Councils to ensure that we can answer your queries as quickly as possible.

For this reason we would encourage all parish and town councils to contact the county council through this number. However, please be aware that only the approved number, as agreed with the parish/town clerk, for each council can be used to call this number. This is to guarantee the quality of the service.

Phone Number:          03452412129 (Available 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

Email:              Liaisonteam@Oxfordshire.gov.uk

 


 

Community Transport Association

CTA logoWith the reduction in bus subsidies communities are investigating all sorts of possible alternatives. The County Council has introduced the Comet Bus. The Community Transport Association was brought to my attention by Cllr McCullagh, Fringford Parish Council. It is a charity and exists to support its members and to act as the lead UK body for voluntary and community transport. In developing local solutions to national concerns, operators of community transport can respond to both individual and collective needs and drive forward social regeneration in their communities.

If you operate a minibus, a volunteer car scheme, a shopmobility project or a wheels to work project CTA can provide you with advice and support to ensure your transport is operated safely and legally.

The CTA website has a map which has details of all the community transport schemes in Oxfordshire

 

National State of Nature Report

Wild Oxfordshire write in their latest newsletter:

On 14 September 2016, the State of Nature partnership officially launched their second report State of Nature 2016 at the Royal Society in London. Produced by a consortium of 53 diverse conservation organisations, this report provides a snapshot of the population status of almost 4,000 terrestrial, freshwater and marine species and updates the statistics in the previous and first report State of Nature 2013. A small preview was on Country File last Sunday.

Wild Oxfordshire and partners have been working on a State of Nature for Oxfordshire Report. This will be a document that all can use to communicate the fortunes of Oxfordshire's iconic species and habitats. Wild Oxfordshire members are invited to a workshop on 21st October for an update and to help shape the final document. There will be a county-wide launch in 2017. For more information email mailto:clare@wildoxfordshire.org.uk

 

 

 

Choose and deliver books to those who cannot get to a library

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a new campaign appealing for home library service volunteers to help less able people in their community by choosing and delivering books to those who cannot get to a library.

Who benefits? Anyone who cannot get to a library, including the elderly and many disabled people across Oxfordshire who need a volunteer to bring library services to their door. They need a friendly face who can stop by once every three weeks to bring them some new books or CDs and stop for a little chat.

Is the home library service really so important? Yes – the home library service brings entertainment, pleasure and human contact to people, where they may otherwise have none.

Could you spare a little time? Schedules can work around you and you can organise the drop off times directly with the people you deliver to, meaning you can fit it around your busy life. Expenses are reimbursed and you can do as many or as few journeys as you wish.

Visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/homelibrary or contact your local library to find out about volunteering for the home library service and helping people near you.

 

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Gracie, 76, Faringdon – volunteer

‘I sat down and imagined how I’d feel if I was totally housebound. I know the importance of having literature and company in my life now I’m living alone, so I thought it’s important to reach out to others who may not have much contact with the outside world. […] It’s fulfilling and very rewarding. The ladies I deliver to are keen to chat and talk about the authors and the plots.’

Edna, 88, Banbury – service user

‘The Home Library Service means a lot to me, it’s a real lifeline. Having reached this age of 88, I hadn’t realised how alone you are. […] It makes me appreciate the Home Library Service more than ever.’

 

 

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Oxfordshire Comet – transport from your door to destination

We would like to ask for your help in promoting a new, bookable transport service that we are launching on the 11 July, called the Oxfordshire Comet. It has been created to allow people without suitable access to public transport to make the journeys they want, at an affordable price.

The Oxfordshire Comet uses vehicles that normally take children to school and adults to day care centres. We identified the times of the day when they weren’t being used and are making them available to residents. Because we already own these vehicles, we only have to cover running costs, meaning we can keep costs down for passengers.

It can be booked for any type of trip - to meet friends in town, travel across the county, attend an appointment or pop to the shops. It’s been designed so that it is easy to book, with a pre-paid account that can be set up on the phone.

Who is it for?

Oxfordshire residents who don’t have access to suitable public transport. The service is also open to wheelchair users or those with mobility issues.

It is a membership scheme that can be booked by individuals, groups, schools, organisations and local communities.

Flexible service

The Oxfordshire Comet can do one-off journeys, regular and group trips. We can also offer regular routes for local communities (similar to a traditional bus route). We are already in discussions with a number of Parish Councils and other groups over the setting up of such routes. A fund of £200k has been set aside that Parish Councils and other organisation can apply for to trial the Comet service for an initial period.

The 16-seater Comet vehicles are fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible.

Want to know more?

For more information, please visit: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet or contact comet@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

 

Transparency Code - help towards compliance for small councilswordle

If your council has a turnover of less than £25,000 you need to be publishing information on your website about the financial governance of your council, as required by the Transparency Code.

If you are one of the few parish councils in Oxfordshire that don't have a website and hence cannot fulfill the requirements of the Transparency Code you may be interested to know that there are grants available to help you get a website. An application form is available here and guidance to help you fill in the form correctly is here.

 

 

Fringford Village Hall, Cherwell

For all those villages contemplating, planning or working towards a better Village hall we thought you might like to see a film which one of the villagers in Fringford has made of their project, from demolition to completion.

It's on YouTube, but also available on their new website too-http://www.fringford.info/village-hall-construction-project/film-of-the-project/

 

 

 

 

CIN and Age uk logos

The Community Information Network is a free local information service for older people in Oxfordshire, run by Age UK Oxfordshire (Charity No. 1091529) in partnership with Volunteer Link-Up (Charity No. 1133530) and supported by Oxfordshire County Council.

 The CIN is delighted to be able to introduce the Community Information Network Directory – a new online search tool to enable people to find out about the fantastic variety of opportunities that are available to older people and carers in Oxfordshire.

The Directory is free and simple to use and features a wide variety of activities, support and opportunities to help people to live life to the full. There are over 1,700 items listed so far, from exercise classes to IT classes and singing groups, lunch clubs, WIs, mobile libraries and many more. If you know about an opportunity that isn’t currently listed, there is also the ability to submit a new item.

To browse the Directory, click on the Community Information Network Directory link or you can access it via Age UK Oxfordshire’s website at www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire.


If you know of a person who is unable to go online to use the Directory, they can simply call the Community Information Network on 0345 450 1276 and we can make a search on their behalf.

 

 

Open Spaces Society new tool-kit to save open spacesOxfordshire CC

From the Oxfordshire Nature Partnership Bulletin:

“The Open Spaces Society has published an open spaces tool-kit for communities to protect their green spaces, and has called on planning authorities to respond positively to requests to save local spaces.

The tool-kit has three handbooks:

The society has called on the English local planning authorities to be proactive in designating land as local green space (LGS) through neighbourhood plans.

 

 

 

Wild Oxfordshire offers free talks to parish councils that are interested in conserving or enhancing their local biodiversity.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

Local authorities are charged with ‘having regard to the purpose of conserving biodiversity’. This duty is relevant in many aspects of a council’s work. For instance, for a parish council the requirement to assess planning applications may involve informing the district council that hedgerows or trees could be impacted or lost; or perhaps your council might own or lease land that could be managed for its biodiversity value.

County and District Councils have had training to help them comply with the Act but parish councils have not. To fill this gap Wild Oxfordshire has been enabled for some years to offer short talks to parish council meetings on the reasoning behind the Act and the many ways it can have positive impact on their local communities.

Neighbourhood Planning

Many parish councils are taking on the additional work of preparing neighbourhood plans to focus local development in mutually agreed locations and density. Most development tends to decrease biodiversity, but, if considered carefully right at the beginning of the process there could be a net gain that will support the community to be more self reliant in future and create a healthier space in which to live.

Follow up signposting and occasional updates are part of the service, as well as specific advice if requested. You can contact Cynth by email at cynth@wildoxfordshire.org.uk or by phone on 01865 407034.She works part-time, 3 days/week so please forgive any slight delay inresponse.

Cynth Napper, Community Officer, Wild Oxfordshire www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk

 

 

 

Parish Transport Representative - Is there one in your parish?community bus

ORCC and Oxfordshire County Council established a network of Parish Transport Representatives (PTRs) in 1986 to give communities in wards, towns and villages a means of voicing their needs and concerns about local transport in their patches. 

The administration of the PTR network is undertaken by the County Council and PTR meetings are held at County Hall three times a year.   The meetings provide an opportunity for officers to keep PTRs up to date on issues of which they need to be aware in fulfilling their roles.  The meetings also provide an opportunity for officers to gain feedback from PTRs in relation to general issues of policy and practice.

There are PTRs in 188 parishes and towns, leaving a large number of parishes, towns and wards without a PTR, which means that it is unlikely that transport issues are being represented in your community. One of the roles of the PTR is to publicise existing local public transport services and support any community transport scheme in their area or even to initiate suitable community transport services in the wake of changing public transport provision.

If you are aware that your community does not have a PTR then it would be great if you could step up to be that person or help to drum up a volunteer that can take the role on for the community.

If you would like further information on the role of the PTR then please get in touch with ORCC by emailing emily.lewis@oxonrcc.org.uk or call 01865 883488

 

 

 

 

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 Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility”

Safeguarding children means taking steps to promote their welfare and to protect them from harm such as abuse and neglect. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that children are kept safe. Oxfordshire communities are a key resource for raising awareness of safeguarding and protecting children and young people. The more informed local members of the community are on safeguarding issues, the more they can help the prevention agenda and help to identify when there are possible risks to our children.

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB)

Children can only be kept safe properly if services and organisations work together. Local Safeguarding Children Boards were established by the Children Act 2004 to help make sure this happens.

Known locally as the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB), the Board is the means by which organisations come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Its remit is to scrutinise and monitor this co-operation, and to ensure that local agencies co-operate and work well to achieve this.

Contact your district board representative to find out more:

District

OSCB Representative

Val Johnson

Oxford City Council

Nicola Riley

Cherwell and Northants District Council

Sally Truman

South and Vale District Council

Diana Shelton

West Oxfordshire District Council

Expectations for your organisation

Your local parish council should consider, if appropriate, having in place:-

How to report a concern about a child

Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police and other partners have recently opened a new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). This is the main ‘front door’ for children’s social care, and is made up of professionals from social care, the police, health, early intervention and others.

To make a new referral or report a new safeguarding concern, contact the MASH on 0845 050 7666. Referrals to the MASH can also be made using the MASH Enquiry Online Referral Form.

For children who are already open to social care:

No Names Consultation

If you are a safeguarding lead and you are unsure whether you should make a referral, or you just want some advice, you can call the assessment team numbers above and ask for a No Names Consultation. A social worker will be able to advise you if you need to make a referral or not, based on the information you give them, without having to divulge a name. If you are advised to make a referral, the social worker will talk you through the process.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The sexual exploitation of children and young people has been identified throughout the UK, in both rural and urban areas, and in all parts of the world. It affects boys and young men, as well as girls and young women. It can have a serious long term impact on every aspect of their lives, health and education. It damages the lives of their families and carers, and can lead to family break ups.

Signs that may indicate child sexual exploitation;

Oxfordshire has a multi-agency strategy in place to protect young people from CSE.  If you are concerned about a child and think they may be involved in, or at risk of, sexual exploitation, please contact the Kingfisher Team on 01865 335276. They offer confidential support and advice on sexual exploitation. The team is made up of police, the NHS and Members of Oxfordshire County Councils; Childrens Social Services.

Find out more

Community members can become more involved through:

Please visit our website for information about safeguarding training, policies and procedures, and to find useful resources and information to help protect children and young people: www.oscb.org.uk.

Oxfordshire County Council have developed a template Parish Council Safeguarding Policy it is in the Members Area of this website in the OALC Briefings, other guidance etc section

 

 

Census statistics for small parish councils and parish meetings

OALC has had it brought to our attention that it can be difficult for small councils to obtain basic statistical information from the census from ONS. There are 33 parishes in Oxfordshire affected by this. OALC has written to ONS expressing its concern. The 2011 census information is available on a postcode basis which unfortunately doesn't always fit with parish council boundaries and therefore estimates have to be built up from postcode data. ONS have provided this spreadsheet with their estimates for the 33 villages with unpublished data.

"Simple parish estimates built from postcodes 

This is done by adding together all the published postcode level estimates for the census in each parish. This will provide estimates of males, females and households in each parish - for the 33 unpublished parishes in Oxfordshire, and also for the already published parishes. 

However, please note that for the parishes for which 2011 Census estimates are already available, these estimates may be different to those already published, as they were derived using a different methodology. The alternative (derived method) estimates are aggregated from postcode estimates, whereas those previously published parish estimates have been aggregated from output area, in compliance with the National Statistician's policy for publishing official statistics for any UK geography. 

Also it is important to  note that postcodes fit only approximately with parishes, but we have fitted them as best we can. 

How to derive parish estimates built from postcode

1. 2011 Census estimates of the number of males, females and households for each enumeration postcode were published in June 2013. 

2. ONS Geography has published a lookup file of 2011 Census enumeration postcodes in England and Wales linked to the 2011 parishes in which they were located. The lookup file can be downloaded from the Open Geography portal here =>  2011 enumeration postcode to 2011 parish lookup
Note that the 2011 Census enumeration postcodes are only those postcodes that were recorded during the 2011 Census as containing one or more usual residents. 
2011 Census enumeration postcodes have been assigned to the parishes by plotting each postcode's centroid (the grid reference location of the most central address in the postcode) directly in to the parish boundaries. 
More information about the lookup file can be found here

3. Aggregate the postcode estimates for each parish as shown on the postcode to parish lookup file. 

4. You now have "alternative" parish estimates, including for those parishes previously unpublished.

 

 

 

The demographics of councillors old people sign

Two years ago the Intergenerational Foundation published the results of its research into town and parish councillors in a report How the Localism Act hands power to older generations.

Its Executive Summary made sobering reading:

These findings have been reinforced by the LGA census of councillors published in June 2014. The LGA findings refer more to district rather than parish councillors but nevertheless reflect the same sort of demographic – 89% white, 67% male and 44% are over 65 years in age.

How important are these findings? In a representative democracy is it important to have all ages and backgrounds reflected on our councils? Or are councillors sufficiently empathetic to be able to know, understand and argue for the needs of all age groups? I would like to think the later but just in case I am wrong have a long hard look at your council.

What is the composition of your council? Could it be more diverse? What are you going to do about it?

At your next council meeting, or the one after, I suggest an item is put on the agenda reflecting on the composition of your council looking forward to elections next year. Would your council be more balanced if you could encourage more women to be councillors, would it be more reflective of your community if you could persuade some younger people to stand? If it would, how can you encourage younger women, for example, to stand for election? Can you have a stall at the school Christmas Fair? Leaflets in school book bags? More social media?

 

 

 

 

OALC support programme for those doing CiLCA 2015

NTS logoAre you thinking of undertaking the CiLCA 2015 professional qualification?

If so, do you know that OALC offer a mentoring scheme to help support you during the time you build up your portfolio?

Trish Ingham has been asked by OALC to deliver a mentoring scheme for Clerks (or Assistant Clerks or RFOs ) who are about to register for the CiLCA 2015 with SLCC. Trish is not only our locum she is herself CiLCA qualified and has 8 years’ experience as Town Clerk and RFO. She is also an experienced Internal Auditor.

The mentoring programme Trish will be delivering will consist of 16 hours spread over 8 to 9 months.  There will be an introductory hour and a half which will be supplementary to the main programme and this will be followed by 8 two hourly mentoring sessions (usually 1 a month or thereabouts) at which a review will be taken of your portfolio work so far and agreement on the work to be completed for the next mentoring session. This work will then culminate in a review of the whole portfolio before submission.

The introductory session will be for all candidates (unless there is a really large uptake) and the mentoring sessions themselves will be for two or three students, as we have found that students seem to enjoy working with each other and discussing ideas.

The cost for this will be £200 plus VAT for member Councils or £300 plus VAT for non -members.

CiLCA 2015 must be completed a year after registration and we offer this support to encourage candidates to complete the portfolio within the year

If you would like to participate in the mentoring scheme please contact the OALC office either by phone or by e mail info@olac.org.uk . Your contact details will then be passed onto Trish who will contact you directly to discuss the start date. Please also contact the OALC office if you have any further questions about the mentoring scheme or about CiLCA 2015.

 

 

Employment advice service for OALC members

Bethan Osborne

Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils is pleased to announce a new employment advice service available from 7th July 2014. Queries regarding staff issues within the council such as terms and conditions, employment rights, sickness absence, annual leave, maternity etc can be answered by our new Employment Advisor.

This service, which is available free of charge to all members councils, will be provided by Bethan Osborne.

Bethan will be writing a monthly employment briefing which will go in the Members Update and be placed in the Members Area of the website too.

In addition a consultancy service for more complex issues relating to employment disputes, restructuring, organisational change, recruitment and selection will be available through OALC at competitive rates.

Bethan is an experienced personnel and human resources professional.  A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; until recently she has been the National Employment Advisor for the Society of Local Council Clerks which has given her a unique understanding of our sector.

 

 

 

Five year Management Plan for the Chilterns AONB back to home page

The plan has been published by the Chilterns Conservation Board, which has responsibility for protecting and promoting the Chilterns. It was put together with the help of many local organisations and communities, including parish councils, wildlife trusts, the National Trust and the Chiltern Society.

Following extensive consultation, a new five year Management Plan for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been published by the Chilterns Conservation Board. A Framework for Action 2014 - 2019 analyses the issues facing the Chilterns countryside and its communities and contains a wide range of detailed policies and actions to tackle them during the coming years. Fromdealing withtree diseases threatening our woodlands to caring for historic buildings, supporting the economy of Chilterns towns and villages and much else, the new Plan is an essential source of guidance for everyone whose activities influence the AONB.

More details here

 

 

 

 

Fix my Street

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The County Councils 'Fix my Street' is the best way of reporting pot holes on line.

People can take photographs of potholes and upload them online with location details.

The council's contractor pledges to fix potholes within 28 days, 24 hours in an emergency or four hours for the most severe category once reports have been verified.

Go tohttp://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

 

 

 

Saving your village pub The Plough, Great Haseley

The villagers of Great Haseley have secured the future of their pub, The Plough with help and advice from The Plunkett Foundation and funding from the South Oxfordshire LEADER project.

Other villages are doing similar fantastic work - The Seven Stars at Marsh Baldon reopened at the end of March 2013 . The Plunkett Foundation have a lovely article on their website about the work to reopen The Seven Stars, the community raised £146,000 through community shares in just two months which enabled them to buy the pub.

As well as the Plunkett Foundation have a look at the Pub is the Hub website. Pub is The Hub operates as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation dedicated to offering advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community services. Initiated by HRH the Prince of Wales, it facilitates projects by encouraging and helping licensees and communities to connect and share their experiences and work together to support and sustain their local services.

Getting your village pub listed as an Asset of Community Value may give your community a window of opportunity to consider putting in a bid if it is likely to be sold on the open market. Consult your district council who will hold the asset register. Consider whether your council is eligible to use the new Power of General Competence which may enable it to give a contribution towards the costs. In the Members Area of this website in the section OALC Guidance there is a briefing paper on the Power of General Competence.

Community First Oxfordshire (ORCC) also have a useful guide to community ownership of pubs

 

 

Community Safety Partnerships: your route to getting your concerns in front of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley is Anthony Stansfeld, he is a Conservative District Councillor from Hungerford, West Berkshire. He recently met representatives from the Voluntary and Community Sector, the purpose of the meeting was to investigate the best way to ensure good communication between the PCC and the Sector.

The Police and Crime Commissioner outlined his main priorities as set out in the refreshed Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley 2013 -2017.

They are:

Thames Valley is a huge geographical area covering Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This creates logistical difficulties in that a lot of statutory and non-statutory bodies would like to have access to the PCC in particular to press their case when, in particular, voluntary groups will be tendering to supply services to the police rather than receiving a grant as at present. The Police and Crime Panel which scrutinises the functions of the PCC has only 20 places on it, of which 18 are elected from the 18 local authorities within Thames Valley, there are 2 co-opted members but none from other sectors.

 

 

A Local Nature Partnership for OxfordshireWild Oxfordshire

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are being established across all counties of England in order to take a strategic overview of the delivery of conservation work. The government’s Natural Environment White Paper (July 2011) and The Lawton report (Lawton 2010) both identified a need for our natural environment to be better managed and joined-up in order to safeguard its future health.

Working partnerships bringing together organizations and individuals from a wide range of sectors including health, business, education and conservation, were considered to be the best way to delivering these aims. Taking a strategic overview of all these sectors should enable a LNP to look for opportunities for integrated action to benefit the environment previously being missed and challenges that were not being addressed.

Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum (ONCF) has been working with partners (primarily from conservation organizations and local government with bodies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency) to increase the quality and quantity of the natural environment of Oxfordshire for nearly 20 years. Its aims have been to help safeguard, maintain and enhance the biological and geological diversity of the county, as well as encouraging people from all sectors to enjoy, understand and become involved with conserving the natural environment. ONCF bid for funding from the £1m pot of money held by Defra. More information on the Defra web site

Forty eight LNP’s across the country have been recognised and have received some initial funding, the idea being that the partnerships  become self-sustaining.

To investigate what role an LNP could play in Oxfordshire ONCF have organized a series of meetings, primarily with hub organizations who will in turn be able to communicate the outcomes of these meetings to a wider partnership.

Please contact Hilary Phillips, Biodiversity & Partnership Officer, ONCF. bap@oncf.org.uk

Two very worthwhile publications that you might not be aware of:

Community and Parish Guide to Biodiversity (BBOWT, Oxon CC, TVERC, 2012)
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/environmentandplanning/countryside/naturalenvironment/communitybiodiversityguide.pdf

Biodiversity and Planning in Oxfordshire (BBOWT, Oxon CC, TVERC, 2014)
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/environmentandplanning/countryside/naturalenvironment/Wholedocument.pdf

 

 

Model Parish Council Emergency Plan

How can small communities cope with emergencies when outside assistance from the emergency services is delayed?

Nearly all emergencies affecting communities will be dealt with routinely by joint response of the emergency services, local authorities and the major utilities. However, there may be rare occasions when circumstances, such as extensive flooding, storm damage or deep snow delay the arrival of outside assistance, and the community will need to help itself. It will do this more effectively if it has a plan.

 

This guidance has been created to assist communities to develop their own plan. The template can be adapted to fit a community’s own needs. To download a template and associated guidance go to Oxfordshire County Council’s website.

Are you ready?Logo

Do you know what to do in an emergency? With valuable information, hints and tips for individuals, households and businesses, with a handy ‘fill in and keep’ section for your personal emergency contact details, this booklet provides everything you need to deal with an emergency.  Published by the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum, the booklet is easy to read and helps families, individuals, communities and businesses prepare for hazards including hot weather, flooding, snow, ice etc and how to respond to some incidents.

Download your copy of Are you ready?(PDF).

 

 

Countryside Access: A Parish Guide

This new guide from Oxfordshire County Council to improving access to rights of way can be downloaded here

 

 

Cotswold AONB Conservation Board: Guidance on Roadside Management for Parish Councils Cotswolds Conservation Board

An abridged version of the Board’s position statement on The Management of Roadside Verges has been developed specifically for use by parish councils and other groups managing rural roadside verges in and around villages in the AONB.

Click here to view the guide on the AONB website, along with rest of the Board’s full position statements.

The enewsletter of the Cotswold AONB can be viewed here


Chilterns AONB Conservation Board back to home page

The latest e-newsletter from the Chilterns Conservation Board can be downloaded here as can the latest Commons Network e-newsletter.

 

For Funding News please click here

For details of current consultations please visit our Consultations page.

 

 

Job Vacancies & Jobs Wanted jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your council would like to advertise a vacancy please ensure you supply all the information in this template and email to info@oalc.org.uk

There is no charge to member councils if they wish to advertise vacancies here

 

posted 30th May 2017

STADHAMPTON PARISH COUNCIL

Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Parish Council

8 hours per week, beginning 1/8/17.

Salary £9.392 to £10.467 per hour according to experience.

Travelling and other approved expenses will be paid in addition.  

Stadhampton Parish Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified person to be the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The position involves preparing agendas for Parish Council meetings (up to 8 per year, held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8pm), taking and preparing minutes of the meetings, managing accounts and dealing with a modest level of administration.  There are six councillors and the financial turnover is relatively small.

The successful candidate should be reliable, enthusiastic and possess good administrative, communication and IT skills. The candidate should be able to prepare documents in Microsoft Word and keep the councillors updated by e.mail. The candidate should possess the ability to work successfully with residents, Local Authority departments and contractors.

Training as to the specific duties of the Clerk will be given.

For further information if required please contact:

Cllr. Ann Stead (Chair) on                              01865 891174   or       annstead@mapledown.co.uk

or  Cllr. Sarah Madry (Vice-Chair) on            01865 890449   or       madryfamily@btinternet.com

Please provide a letter of application and a current CV via e.mail and send to both Cllr. Stead and Cllr. Madry (as above).

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 30th June, 2017

Interviews: to be held in the week beginning Monday 10th July, 2017.

 

 

posted May 22nd 2017

logoCLERK/RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER VACANCY

Brize Norton Parish Council – Brize Norton Oxfordshire

Brize Norton Parish Council is seeking applicants for the role of Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer to commence 1st September 2017.

Applications are invited for the position on a permanent basis.  This is a part-time position requiring around 6-8 hours per week including attendance at some evening meetings. The council has seven councillors with a precept of c£20,000 all meetings take place in the Pavilion at 7.30 pm on the first Monday of each month.

The successful candidate must be computer literate, have some relevant administrative experience and be competent in maintaining accurate accounts. A laptop and printer are supplied and you will be required to use your home as an office and store council documents for which an allowance of £4 per week is provided to cover the costs.

The Council manages allotments, play areas and highway verges.  It is involved in working with other village organisations to help run and facilitate a number of annual events.  At the moment the Council is actively involved in the development a Neighbourhood Plan and the planning associated with the proposed new 700 house development in the parish.  The Clerk provides administrative support to the Council using the Microsoft Office suite of software and, as the Responsible Financial Officer, will be required to manage the council finances.  Duties include:

Candidates must possess a high standard of oral and written communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office software (particularly Word, Excel and Outlook), be capable of working independently without supervision and have the ability to deal with a range of issues.  Experience in a similar role or knowledge of local council administration and any relevant qualifications such as CiLCA would be an advantage, but is not essential as training can be provided as necessary.

Brize Norton Parish Council is a growing parish and we will encourage and fund the successful applicant to take further training and qualifications as appropriate for the role.

NJC salary scales SCP2 26-29 (£12.16/hr – £13.49/hr) depending on experience and ability.  Telephone and legitimate expenses are payable.

Closing Date for Applications: 30th June 2017

Please contact the Parish Clerk for more details and a Job Description of the role

Carolyn Peach – clerk@brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk 01993 844102

Please view our web site for more informationhttps://brizenortonparishcouncil.co.uk/

 

 

 

posted 15th May 2017

 

Blewbury Parish Council

Part-time Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Applications in the form of a detailed CV and covering letter are invited for the position of Clerk and RFO to Blewbury Parish Council on a permanent pensionable basis. This is a part-time position for 60 hours a month, working from home and to include monthly Parish Council meetings held on the second Wednesday of each month, the Annual Parish meeting and finance committee meetings. Meetings are held in the evening.

The Clerk provides administrative and clerical support to the council and, as the Responsible Financial Officer, will be required to manage the council finances. Duties will include:

This position is key to the effective operation of the PC and provides the vital link between councillors and parishioners. It offers flexibility, the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through further training and to participate fully in the community of Blewbury. Candidates must possess a high standard of oral and written communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office software (particularly Word and Excel), HMRC Basic Tools and Wordpress, be capable of working independently and have the ability to deal with a range of issues. Experience in a similar role or knowledge of local council work would be an advantage as would a sense of humour

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the scale LC2  SP26-34 depending on local government experience, starting at £11.92 per hour

Closing Date for Applications: 9th June 2017.  Start date negotiable but preferably by 1st July 2017.

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Elaine de Ridder on blewburypc@gmail.com  or 07968772935 or the chairman, Chris Lakeland chris47lakeland@gmail.com for more details and a Full Job Description.

 

posted 15th May 2017

 

Minster Lovell

Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer Vacancy

 

Applications are invited for the position of Clerk/RFO to Minster Lovell Parish Council on a permanent basis.  This is a part-time position for 10 hours per week, working from home and to include some evening meetings.  Parish Council meetings are held on the third Monday of each month.

The Council manages allotments, play areas and highway verges and organises an annual fun day and Service of Remembrance (with village churches).

The Clerk provides administrative support to the Council and, as the Responsible Financial Officer, will be required to manage the council finances.  Duties include:

Procedures - Managing the monthly meetings of the Council including preparing the agenda, taking the minutes, advising Councillors on procedural/legal matters and progressing actions.  There may also be some attendance of meetings for Committees.

Planning - Ensuring planning applications are considered by the Council and submitting responses to the local authorities in accordance with timescales and policies.

Finances - Managing the Parish Council’s finances, preparation of quarterly financial statements, payment of invoices, banking, end of year accounts, submission of accounts for internal and external audit, VAT reclaim, preparing for budget review and precept determination.  MoneyManager 7 is used for financial accounting.

Administration - Dealing with correspondence, drafting the Village News and public notices.  Candidates must possess a high standard of oral and written communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office software (particularly Word, Excel and Outlook), be capable of working independently without supervision and have the ability to deal with a range of issues.  Experience in a similar role or knowledge of local council would be an advantage.  Experience of website maintenance preferable - training will be provided if necessary.

NJC SCP salary scales LC2 26-29 (£23,398 – £25,951 pro rata) depending on experience.  Office and telephone allowances payable. 

 

Please contact the Parish Clerk for more details and a Job Description of the role

Katherine Doughty – info@minsterlovell-pc.gov.uk  (01993 709189)

 

 

 

 

 

posted 27th February 2017

Begbroke Parish Council

Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

Work from home but to attend monthly meetings at Village Hall - around 10 per year

32 hours per month. NJC salary scale of SCP 15 - SCP 27 (£8.717 - £12.440/hour - negotiable)

This is a salaried position with a pension in the future

This is an interesting position with a wide range of duties - administrative, statutory and financial as well as liaison with councillors (6) public bodies and organisations. The post holder generally works from home (apart from meetings) with costs paid. A personal computer and printer will be provided.

The Clerk to the Council will be the Responsible Financial and Administration Officer of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular, to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer. The Clerk will be responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out - including producing agendas, minutes, reports, annual accounts and corresponding as necessary. The clerk also writes a report for the bi-monthly village magazine.

Hours tend to be irregular to suit the parish requirements. Use of Word, Excel and e mail is important as well as the use of financial software. The applicant must be able or willing to train and use these and similar applications. Relevant training courses are available. Web site management would be helpful. Ability to liaise with representatives of other organisations is important.

Interested persons should initially contact:

Cllr Malcolm Ryder, Chair of Begbroke Parish Council to discuss.

Email: begbrokehomestay@aol.com

Application Deadline: 1st April 2017

Interview date: To be agreed with candidate

 

 


 

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