SALC Newsletter 31st March 2023

The UK’s new emergency alert system is now live


The government’s new Emergency Alerts system will be tested nationally on Sunday April 23rd

An emergency alert is a loud, siren-like sound with a message on the screen of your mobile phone or tablet. 

The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile device when lives are in danger. Emergency alerts are sent to compatible mobile devices within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data, and only the emergency services can send them. You can check an alert is genuine and find out more at


2023 edition of Practitioners Guide published 

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) 2023 edition of the Practitioners’ Guide has been published to the Council Finance page of the SALC Knowledge Hub, along with a list of the amendments.

The 2023 edition of the guide has minor updates and applies to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns regarding financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2023.

All clerks and RFOs are urged to familiarise themselves with the guide, bearing in mind that sections 1, 2, and 3 of the guide represent the ‘proper practices’ referred to in statute. The proper practices laid down in Sections 1 and 2 of this 2023 edition of the Guide must be applied in the financial year ending 31 March 2024


Government consultation on CIL reforms. 

DLUHC is seeking to consult with stakeholders, including representative organisations and local government, in a 12 week consultation on technical aspects of the design of the Community Infrastructure Levy. Responses will inform the preparation and content of regulations, which will themselves be consulted on.

SALC will be feeding into a response by NALC and we encourage any interested councils to read NALC’s briefing note and to provide an opinion to the questions listed.  

The DLUHC consultation is now live and ends on 9th June 2023, but if your council wants to feed into the NALC response please email your council’s comments to by 1700hrs on 19th May 2023.


Job vacancies


Right now the following councils/ bodies have active vacancies:

Dulverton Town Council is seeking a part time Finance Officer within the pro-rated salary range £24,948 – £27,344

Crewkerne Town Council is seeking an Operations Manager within the pro-rated pay range £28,371 – £30,151

Kingsbury Episcopi Parish Council is seeking a clerk/RFO within the pay range SCP7- 17 (£11.63 to £13.95ph)

Chapel Allerton is seeking a part time clerk/ RFO within the salary range SCP 7-17 (£11.63 – £13.95ph)

Frome Town Council is seeking 2 Rangers, each on the salary £23,620

Stoke Trister with Bayford Parish Council is seeking a Clerk/ RFO at negotiable pay rate SCP 7 – 17 (£11.63 to £13.95ph) 

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