HALC's new Chief Executive

HALC Chairman, Mike Evans, has today made the following annoucement

'I am delighted to confirm that Dawn Hamblet has been offered and accepted the position of Chief Executive for Hampshire Association of Local Council (HALC) with effect from 1 April...


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Village of the Year 2018 is finally here!


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Celebrating our Communities


To:              Hampshire and IOW Press Contacts, Councils and Partners



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Proposed Amendments to GDPR Legislation

“GDPR continues to be a major focus for Councils and we know that many of you are reviewing your policies and processes following on from our training courses.  As a reminder, there is a lot of helpful information to assist you with drafting privacy notices and policies on the ICO website for small organisations.  For those who are also NALC members, they have produced a toolkit which can be accessed through the Hampshire ALC website. If you use the NALC toolkit, please be aware that some changes may be required...


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Local MP launches petition to give police more powers against unauthorised traveller encampments

Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire, Ranil Jayawardena MP, is launching a petition to urge HM Government to strengthen police powers by giving the police the power to direct trespassers to leave simply because of trespassing—and before damage, abuse or six vehicles occurs.

 Another police power that Mr Jayawardena is calling on the government to strengthen is Section 62A of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Currently, police can direct travellers to leave an unauthorised site if there is a...


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Singers in Harmony with Countryside Charity 

Photograph of The Close Shaves and The High Heels (credit CPRE)

Two internationally renowned choirs will join together for a charity concert to raise vital funds to help protect the Hampshire countryside on 19th May 2018. 

The acapella singing group made up of the all-male group The Close Shaves and the all-ladies group The High...


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Village of the Year 2017 Winners Announced

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Villages Shine at the Village of the Year Awards!

At a magical Presentation evening held at the Lyndhurst Community Centre in the New Forest, the villages of Hampshire and Isle of Wight showcased their projects, activity and inspirational individuals at an event hosted by the organiser Steven Lugg, CE of the Hampshire...


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Employment Update - Changes to Tribunal Fees

As many of you will have seen in the press there has been a Supreme Court ruling recently regarding fees for Tribunal claims. 

The fees were originally introduced in July 2013 by the Government in order to reduce the number of claims being submitted, as they believed the Tribunal system was severely stretched by the ever increasing workload.  Fees were tiered, with an average unfair dismissal claim requiring just over £1,200 to be paid by the claimant (ex-employee) prior to the case being heard.  Prior to...


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The Small Grants Scheme Countryside Access has changed

The Small Grants Scheme COUNTRYSIDE ACCESS is changing…

You can now apply for grants to fund your countryside access improvement projects through the new Rural Communities Fund.

The ‘Rural Communities Fund - countryside access’ will be able to fund all the projects you could apply for under the Small Grants Scheme but with a stronger focus on rural communities and encouraging projects that will build community resilience and encourage self-help.

If you were already planning to submit an...


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