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Coronavirus - Updates for Town and Parish Councils

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Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance : Practitioners' Guide Update  

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) is responsible for issuing proper practices about the governance and accounts of smaller authorities. 

The Practitioners' Guide is issued by the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) to support the preparation by smaller authorities in England of statutory annual accounting and governance statements found in the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).

This 2020 edition of the guide applies to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns in respect of financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2020. As there are no changes to the guidance, simply clarification of proper practices, it can be applied to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns covering the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Additional NALC Updates 

• On 3 June, CFP, a specialist parks, green space and heritage consultancy, published a guide to managing public parks during COVID-19this external link will open in a new window. This includes specific sections related to car parks, children's play areas, outdoor gyms, ball courts, sports activities, public toilets, cafes and visitor centres.
• The Lawn Tennis Association has produced information related to tennis activities during COVID-19.
• Skateboard England has produced a set of guidelines for skating safely.
• The Visitors Safety Group have produced guidance on work practices for landowners and countryside managers.
• On 13 May, the government published safer public places - urban centres and green spaces. This has a dedicated section on green spaces with clear and succinct information on key issues to consider.
• On 13 May, the government also published guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation. This contains a section for providers of outside sports facilities which may be relevant to many local councils.
• The National Allotment Society has issued useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations.

New NALC/BHIB Councils Insurance risk assessment guide  

As restrictions are slowly lifted, NALC and their partners BHIB Councils Insurance launched a new guide for local (parish and town) councils to help you assess and manage risk related to coronavirus. The guide features guidance and information to help make risk assessments and signposts to useful resources from the government and the Health and Safety Executive, with specific details on how to adapt your risk assessments for COVID-19. This guide also contains two templates designed especially for local councils that will help start risk assessments.