Last updated 26 January 2018 


Power point slide show from Dorset Highways with an update on the Working Together project.  

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Following the Secretary of State’s announcement in November that he is minded to implement the Future Dorset proposal, the period he allowed for representations closed on 8 January.  The Secretary of State will now need to properly consider all representations made to him, and  a final decision is expected from him in the coming weeks.

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(added 11 January 2018)  

Secretary of State has no plans for capping for the next financial year

Please find attached here a Chief Executive Circular with details on statement made by The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP at the NALC Conference on 31 October 2017.  He mentions that he has no plans for capping parish and town council precepts for the next financial year.

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties.

NALC and SLCC have together produced a document to help resolve any misunderstanding or confusion on this subject. The document can be viewed here. (Please sign on to the website first as this is in the members area). For members of SLCC, further information is available on their website.

The pensions auto-enrolment affects ALL town and parish councils (even the smallest parish) as all local councils are employers and must at least register when asked to and provide the Department of Work and Pensions with certain information.
Even if the clerk to the council does not wish/is not eligible to join a scheme or is already in one, the council, as an employer needs to consider pension obligations for future employees.

This subject should be on the agenda for your next meeting if it hasn't already been discussed, since your council may need to investigate the type of pension scheme the clerk (as a local government employee) is entitled to join ie the Local Government Pension Scheme, or if this is too expensive, to look into an alternative scheme).