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

Weekly message from Susan Biddle, Director of Training

Hello all and a big welcome to the warm and sunny weather, finally. As you probably know from my previous newsletter updates, we are working hard this year to move all our usual classroom training courses to virtual delivery.  This seems to be popular as all our courses to date have been oversubscribed. Thanks….. I … Continued

Weekly message from John Austin, Chair

In the last few weeks, you have coped with a variety of elections (under very difficult circumstances) and set up your AGM in physical format, whilst running your member induction programme. And I’m sure you are all feeling very tired indeed. The lot of a Democratic Services Officer is certainly challenging at the present time, … Continued

Weekly message from Peter Sass, Vice Chair

Firstly, well done to all of you who’ve had elections to run last week. I know that some Councils had four consecutive days of counting votes for the different contests immediately after polling day and there are even one or two by-elections scheduled already (sorry, Wiltshire colleagues). But I know it’s not over yet for … Continued

Weekly message from John Lynch, Director of Finance

I hope you all survived super Thursday and managed to get some slight rest after your counts. Now onto inductions and Annual Council.  You will have seen our statement on the judgement re public attendance at meetings but just in case you missed it with everything else going on, here it is:  https://www.adso.co.uk/member-update-virtual-meeting-judgement-following-post-script/ We realise … Continued

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