General Power of Competence (GPC)

Local Councils in England were given a General Power of Competence (GPC) in the Localism Act 2011, Sections 1-8. This means that Councils, once adopting the power, no longer need to ask whether they have a specific power to act. The General Power of Competence Localism Act 2011 S1 (1) gives Local Authorities including … local councils “the power to do anything that individuals generally may do as long as they do not break any other laws”. It is a power of first resort. This means that when searching for a power to act, the first question to ask is whether you can use the General Power of Competence. To find the answer, you ask whether an individual is normally permitted to act in the same way.

Sometimes a Council can do things that an individual can’t do such as creating bylaws, raising a precept or issuing fixed penalty notices but it must do so using the specific original legislation. The General Power of Competence does not mean the Council can delegate decisions to individual Councillors. This is a procedural matter that remains enshrined in law.

Lydney Town Council first adopted the General Power of Competence at the full Town Council meeting June 2012.

Eligibility:

  • The number of Councillors elected at the last ordinary election (May 2015), or at a subsequent by-election, equals or exceeds two thirds of its total number of Councillors
  • The Town Clerk holds at least one of the sector specific qualifications and has passed CILCA Unit 7 General Power of Competence

 

Lydney Town Council has once again adopted the General Power of Competence at the Annual Council Meeting held on 18th May 2015.

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General Power Of Competence (660.0 KiB)

THE LOCAL COUNCIL AWARD SCHEME

The Local Council Award Scheme supersedes ‘Quality Status’ and exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. All local councils want to serve their local communities and make a real difference to the lives of the people that live there. This scheme offers all local councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The scheme was created in 2014 and is managed on behalf of local councils by the Improvement and Development Board (IDB).

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Local Council Award Scheme (565.6 KiB)

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Statements For LCAS Gold Status (375.6 KiB)

LYDNEY TOWN COUNCIL ACHIEVES GOLD

Gold - Bob & Jayne

Lydney Town Council is celebrating achieving Quality Gold as part of the new National Quality Council Award Scheme. Our Council is one of just three in the UK (and the only Council in Gloucestershire) to achieve this status – the highest possible!

Mayor Bob Berryman said “Quality Gold shows the professionalism of our Council and how seriously we take the development of Lydney. Everyone is under immense pressure to deliver more for less – if a pound is wasted it can’t be spent on the community. We deserve no less than the best.’

LTC CEO Jayne Smailes stated “Quality Gold is more than just making sure every penny is spent wisely. You need to have a convincing strategy for the future development of Lydney. The assessors were impressed by both our plan and the dedication of the council to push this forward. This is why Quality Gold is so valuable to the community.”

Along with initiatives such as the NDP, Lydney Town Council is not short of ideas for improving the town. Deputy Mayor Brian Pearman said: “Lydney’s waited too long and improvements can’t come soon enough. The more we work with the community the faster change will come!”

Town, District and County Councillor Alan Preest added, “ I would like to express how delighted I am that Lydney Town Council’s efforts, its adherence to financial and procedural governance and its desire to promote community engagement and neighbourhood planning has been officially recognised by its attainment of Quality Gold Status’,   this demonstrates the on-going commitment shown by all LTC employees and its town councillors.  I would especially like to thank and acknowledge our CEO,  Jayne Smailes’ contribution as without her experience, professionalism  and commitment toward continued council and service improvement and councillor/employee development  we would not have attained this prestigious award”.

The Local Council Award Scheme supersedes ‘Quality Status’ and exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. All local councils want to serve their local communities and make a real difference to the lives of the people that live there. This scheme offers all local councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The scheme was created in 2014 and is managed on behalf of local councils by the Improvement and Development Board (IDB)