South Leverton Parish Council

Serving the people of South Leverton

Parish Clerk: Ed Knox
24 Allison Avenue, Retford
Nottingham DN22 7JS

Tel: 01777 711579

SOUTH LEVERTON PARISH COUNCIL JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO URGE RESIDENTS TO MAKE A CHANGE AND BECOME A COUNCILLOR AT THE 2021 BI-ELECTION

SOUTH LEVERTON PARISH COUNCIL JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO URGE RESIDENTS TO MAKE A CHANGE AND BECOME A COUNCILLOR AT THE 2021 BI-ELECTION

South Leverton Parish Council is taking part in a national campaign to encourage residents in England to stand in the 2021 local elections. An election has been requested to fill the 4 vacancies on the Parish Council. This election is now scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th May 2021.

The aim of the Make A Change campaign is to call on people – especially those undiscovered community heroes – who are passionate about our local area to put themselves forward to be elected to sit on the local parish council as a councillor.

Today, there are over 10,000 local councils in England, with 100,000 councillors. They are the heroes of their communities and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. We want to let prospective councillors know that through the work of a councillor, they can make a real difference in our community.

The work our council does can be both interesting and rewarding, however, it is worthwhile understanding what South Parish Council owns and maintains, to put things into perspective: several public waste bins, salt bins, the village gateway signs, a noticeboard and the small piece of ground it sits upon, a defibrillator, several public benches, a small extension area at the churchyard for future burials and the Millennium Sculpture. In addition to the Clerk, the Parish Council employs a part time Litter Picker and Village Lengthsman.

An integral part of this work is the job councillors do: engaging with local people, groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on the services and projects the council could take forward; and getting involved to ensure services are meeting the community's needs.

We are now asking people who want to improve the quality of life for their fellow residents to see South Leverton Parish Council as a tool to make that change and stand for election.

Q&A: What residents need to know about becoming a local councillor

Who can stand?

There are only a few rules to stand for election. Residents must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live within 3 miles of the parish boundary during the past 12 months or be on the current parish electoral roll for at least 12 months.

Candidates are automatically disqualified if they have in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man been:

  • adjudged bankrupt, or made a composition or arrangement with their creditors.
  • convicted of any offence in the past 5 years
  • sentenced to imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for not less than 3 months without the option of a fine, or otherwise disqualified under Part III of the representation of the People Act 1983 for corrupt or illegal practices.

Does the role require much time to be dedicated to it?

On average, it will be a few hours per week. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

What are the ideal characteristics of a Parish Councillor?

  • Enthusiastic, forward thinking, with a sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs
  • Remain calm and professional to avoid a heated debate (so that a council doesn't descent into a 'Jackie Weaver, Handforth Parish Council' situation)
  • Work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with all members and staff.
  • Understand that you are acting as part of 'the whole council' and that your proposals are based on a balanced view for the good of the parish as a whole and not just your own views.
  • listen constructively
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to contribute opinions at meetings whilst willing to see others views and accept majority decisions.
  • Communicate succinctly and clearly, including by email, with a good standard of computer literacy
  • Good team player
  • Represent the Council and the community
  • Work with the Council's partners (e.g., voluntary groups, other Parish Councils, District Council & Charities)
  • Willingness to undertake training.
  • Always work with facts and not allow hearsay and gossip influence your decisions

Key Dates and How people can apply to Stand?

Bassetlaw District Council will publish the Notice of Election on 29th March, and nominations will open on 30 March and close at 4pm on 8th April.

Bassetlaw Electoral Dept expect nomination packs to be available for prospective candidates from the Electoral Services team by 8th March.

To download and print a nomination pack at home please visit https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections-in-bassetlaw/elections-2021/candidate-and-agents-nomination-packs/ If you do not have the facility to print at home please contact Bassetlaw Council.

To obtain a paper nomination Pack: email elections@bassetlaw.gov.uk or phone 01909 533533 asking for the Electoral Services Team.

Please note once the nomination pack has been filled out in paper format by a prospective candidate, it has to be taken in person to Bassetlaw District Council at Queen's Buildings, Potter St, Worksop, it had been hoped that due to Covid-19, legislation would allow for alternative methods, however, Bassetlaw advise legislation has not been altered and prospective candidate packs will need taking to Worksop in person.

The nomination packs will include general guidance for candidates but the Electoral Commission publishes very helpful guidance which is available now and is kept up-to-date. Any prospective candidate would be well-advised to take a look at the following guidance, before deciding whether they are qualified to stand and wish to do so:

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-council-elections-england

www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

Standing for election and being elected is only the first step into the world of Parish Councils. It is recommended that prospective candidates visit our website for guidance on the rules and procedures of the Parish Council together with a very handy comprehensive document is the 'Good Councillors Guide' please visit https://southleverton-pc.gov.uk/policy-documents/ for further information.

South Leverton Parish Council Budget Statement 2021/22 and Pending Bi Election

Parish Councils are required to set a precept that is a 'balancing figure' known in legislation as the 'council tax requirement'. The precept should be set to be the amount of money required to 'balance' the accounts after deducting all 'other expected regular annual income' in our case this is all income from Parish Land and annual grants as follows:

Other Income

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Income

Amount

|

Precept Saving per home @ Band D

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Precept Saving per home @ Band A

Bassetlaw Concurrent Grant

|

£9

|

£0.05

|

£0.03

Bassetlaw Street Cleaning Grant

|

£385

|

£1.96

|

£1.31

Notts County Council Lengthsman Scheme Grant

|

£962

|

£4.91

|

£3.27

Bank Interest and Wayleave

|

£12

|

£0.06

|

£0.04

Total

|

£1,368

|

£6.98

|

£4.65

Therefore, the precept is already reduced, by the above figures.

In addition to the usual running costs, after taking into consideration the 'other' income, a precept rise is required to cover the balance of regular recurring expenditure, as follows:

Costs for 2021-22

|

Amount

Total Staff Costs for all members of all staff including PAYE

|

£8,582

Grass, Hedge & Tree Cutting

|

£2,380

Clock Maintenance

|

£160

S137 Payments

|

£210

Neighbourhood Plan

|

£296

Administrative Costs, Professional Fees & Subscriptions

|

£1,215

Training

|

£400

Insurance

|

£385

Village Parish Council Asset Maintenance

|

£600

Website/Email Fees

|

£1,260

Contingency/Emergency Fund

|

£250

Bi Election

|

£2,100

Total

|

£17,838

The costs include inflation, an increased training budget to allow new future councillors to attend National Association of Local Council training courses, cost of living rises for the staff salaries and the upcoming bi election which at best, Bassetlaw Council estimate it to cost approximately £2,100 or at worst if, the election cannot for any reason align with other local elections, then it may cost around £5000. To help minimise the rise on the precept this year, any deficit will be covered from reserves.

Bassetlaw District Council Timetable of Proceedings for Polls on Thursday 6 May 2021

The following has been Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Queens Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2AH – Sat 6Mar2021

Publication of Notice of Election Monday 29 March 2021

Receipt of Nominations 4:00 pm Thursday 8 April 2021

Withdrawal of Candidate 4:00 pm Thursday 8 April 2021

Appointment of Election Agents 4:00 pm Thursday 8 April 2021

Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4:00 pm Thursday 8 April 2021

Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated 4:00 pm Friday 9 April 2021

Last Date for Registration Monday 19 April 2021

Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5:00 pm Tuesday 20 April 2021

Publication of Notice of Poll Tuesday 27 April 2021

Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Tuesday 27 April 2021

Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Wednesday 28 April 2021

First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Thursday 29 April 2021

Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5:00 pm Thursday 6 May2021

Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Thursday 6 May 2021

Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 6 May 2021

Return of Election Expenses Friday 11 June 2021

Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 17:03 by Tina Britt

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