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The Good Councillor Guides

Links to the booklets in the Good Councillors series are given below. Paper copies may be ordered from YLCA at a cost of £3.49 per copy plus post and packing.

The Good Councillors Guide (2018)
A vital guidance booklet for all councillors. A useful booklet which contains basic information about being a councillor and what local councils can, cannot and should be doing.

Being a Good Employer (2016)
This guidance manual has been written in six sections which run through the job cycle, from recruitment to leaving an organisation for whatever reason. It provides an overview of the key legal issues that local councils should be aware of and how to get more information and support. The guide also provides information and advice on how to get the best from your staff through training and development.

The Good Councillors Guide to Neighbourhood Planning (2018)
This guide is designed specifically to help parish and town councillors support their communities and council in deciding whether or not to produce a neighbourhood plan for their area and, if they decide to go ahead, to guide them through the process of producing the plan and thinking about how it will be delivered. Whilst other guides are predominantly concerned with the legislation and process, the partnership of Locality and NALC have attempted, wherever possible, to include guidance on good practice for carrying out each part of the plan. The booklet draws upon the experience of Locality and its partners who are working with community groups preparing neighbourhood plans through the national support programme. Locality has worked with a wide range of organisations, parish councils in particular and neighbourhood forums in urban and rural areas.

The Good Councillors Guide to Finance and Transparency (2018)
This guide is designed specifically to help local councillors support their communities and council in understanding their obligations and commitments with public money, both generally and under Transparency Code requirements, as well as sharing good practice in these areas

The Good Councillors Guide to Transport Planning (2019)
This guide is designed to provide an over view for local councils in relation to transport planning. Transport planning covers integrated transport networks including road building, cycle networks, walking networks and public transport.

Points of Light 2020

Books specific to the Local Council sector :

The Law of Allotments by Paul Clayden, 5th Edition, ISBN number: 978 0 7219 0143 5

Local Council Administration by Charles Arnold Baker, 11th Edition, ISBN number: 978 1 4057 8807 6 - available from bookshops, Internet and SLCC (where the clerk is a member).