Weekly message from John Lynch, Director of Finance

Well the heatwave didn’t last long but hope you all managed to get a break. School Appeals As members will know, the temporary regulations to allow school appeals to take place virtually were due to end at the end of September, an extension to these has now been laid before Parliament requesting a further extension … Continued

Weekly message from Colin Copus, Non-Executive Director

Remote Meetings Physical meetings are becoming the norm again but ADSO is still pressing the Government for remote meetings to be reinstated as an option for councils. We are disappointed that the Government to date is not engaging with us. We have written to the Secretary of State twice since the High Court case without … Continued

Weekly message from Susan Biddle, Director of Training

Hi everyone I have just emerged from a week of self-isolation being one of the victims of the ‘ping’ epidemic.  My PCR test was negative (thanks Lewisham – most efficient and fast!)  but I had to stay in my garden for the week of blistering weather we had – could have been a lot worse. … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, Chair

It’s that time of year when I hope many of you are either having (or about to have) some well-earned holidays. Whatever you are doing, have a good break and feel very proud of what you have achieved over the last 15 months or so. Through your amazing efforts the democratic services role and the … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Sass, Vice-Chair

So, July has arrived. Those colleagues with elections this year have done their Annual Meetings, re-calculated proportionality, appointed new Mayors, Chairmen, Committees etc, inducted new Members and, no doubt, are supporting brand new Members to navigate their way through their first few formal meetings. In addition to that, all of us have been getting to … Continued

Weekly message from John Lynch, Director of Finance

I hope you have managed to enjoy some of the warm weather and watched some of the tennis or football or both. Free membership initiative I am pleased that one of ADSO’s initiatives has had its first success. We offered free membership to those that were currently unemployed but actively looking for a job in … Continued

Weekly message from Colin Copus, Non-Executive Director

Boundary Commission proposals An interesting point for ADSO members to note is the possible increase of multi-council constituencies that could arise from the Boundary Commission for England’s recent proposals. The Commission’s proposals could see a possible increase by a third in constituencies that cross council boundaries.  Another challenge to local government. LLG Webinar – virtual … Continued

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