Weekly message from Joanna Boaler, Director of Communications

The newsletter this week is focusing on the #ADSOConf2022 and #ADSOAwards2022.  Although we are a few weeks away from the 1st September deadline for accommodation to be held and for the early bird offer, if you have holiday plans in the next few weeks and wish to attend the conference, we encourage you to make your … Continued

Weekly message from Colin Copus, Non-Executive Director

Disqualification (Local Government) Act 2022 The new Disqualification (Local Government) Act 2022 has now come into force which disqualifies anyone from being elected to or being a member of a local authority and other local elected offices if they are subject to notification requirements or various orders in relation to sexual offences. ADSO has produced … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, ADSO Chair

Greetings to all ADSO members. I hope you are all well and beginning to think about a break during the summer ‘recess’ – if there is such a thing these days. You certainly all deserve it. Conference season Things are ticking over nicely at ADSO HQ. We have just taken part in the Democracy Hub … Continued

Weekly message from Priya Patel, ADSO Company Secretary

I hope you are all enjoying the mini heatwave, I have certainly taken the opportunity to take my laptop into the garden and work in the glorious sunshine. Please see below some key messages from ADSO HQ for this week… VVG Conference, Netherlands, 6 & 7 October 2022 – Sponsorship for attendance for ADSO members … Continued

Weekly message from Joanna Boaler, Director of Communications

This week we have something different for our newsletter… But first for those of you who haven’t seen, the outcome of the School Admission Appeals Code consultation and new draft Code have been published, they are planned to come into force on 1 October 2022, so if you are involved in admission appeals, it is … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Sass, Vice Chair

So, we all made it through the elections, Annual Meetings, Member Induction etc. Getting through this period was never in doubt – Democratic Services staff always deliver! One of my two Councils has changed political control; so it’s been a busy, challenging but interesting time working with the new Administration. We are also appointing a … Continued

Weekly message from John Lynch, Director of Finance

Hi Everyone I hope you had a good bank holiday Platinum Jubilee weekend and caught some of the good weather before the rain came. ADSO Conference It’s good to see bookings coming in. We have a great line up of workshops and speakers. I’m delighted to announce that the Question Time Panel, expertly chaired by … Continued

Weekly message from Colin Copus, Non-Executive Director

Firstly, I hope that your annual council meetings went okay. You are also probably well into your induction programmes, such an important process particularly for new councillors. Levelling-Up Something of interest for your councillors: the Secretary of State Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will be questioned on the Government’s Levelling-Up plans in an evidence session … Continued

Weekly message from Priya Patel, ADSO Company Secretary

Happy Monday, all. Many of you will be steadily working your way through induction programmes, I hope all is going well. It always feels to me to be a golden opportunity for us to start building those sturdy foundations to develop good working relationships with new councillors and an early opportunity for those councillors to … Continued