Local Council Award Designs

To complement the NALC Local Government Awards Scheme: Foundation Award, Quality Award, Gold Quality Award

Foundation Award Desgn Approach

A more extensive design approach for councils working toward the NALC Local Council Foundation Award.

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the NALC Foundation Award including: action plan, progress reporting, consultation documents, policies and procedures.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Quality Award Design Approach

An even broader approach to align with the Quality Award scheme requirements (including the Foundation Award)

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the Foundation Award and in addition the Quality Award  which includes additional information requirements from community engagement planning and reporting to internal management policies.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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Quality Gold Award Design Approach

Our design approach to complement the top Quality Gold Award of the NALC Local Councils Award Scheme

Key Benefits:

  • Demonstrate compliance withe the top Quality Gold Award with a website complementing the regulatory and award scheme requirements to provide corporate style performance management and delivery of council services while maximising the prioritised benefits for the community based on the community driven objectives. 
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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A Design Approach For Smaller Authorities

This design approach meets the regulatory needs of a smaller parish council especially parish councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 but this will equally meet the needs of many parish councils above this threshold.

Key Benefits:

  •  meets the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Freedom Of Information Design Approach

A design approach for town and parish councils with up to £200,000 annual turnover based on the
freedom of information rules for public authorities.

Key Benefits:

  • meets the freedom of information publication requirements
  • meets the transparency code for smaller authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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The Challenge

In 2013 the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) set up the Improvement and Development Board to establish initives to improve the effectiveness with which local councils deliver improvements to the well being their communities. One of these initiatives is the The Local Council Award Scheme. This sets a standard and provides accreditation for councils meeting the standard.  The standards framework sets out the activities, governance, community engagement, value for money and accountabilities of councils meeting one of three levels:

  • Foundation Award
  • Quality Award and 
  • Quality Gold Award

Achieving these standards requires clear governance, community leadership by the council, engagement with the community, performance reporting and accountability for good or poor performance leading to continuous improvement. Communities need to see objectives get set in the interests of the community, solutions and services implemented using local knowledge, the results of the implementation measured against objectives, value for money reviews and the assesment of positive outcomes for the community.  

Providing openess, transparency and accountability in local government requires the structuring and publishing of large amounts of information in a way that can be easily and quickly understood whith clear and open mechanisms for feedback to local government regarding all aspect’s of performance.  This needs to be balanced with the need for local government to carry out its duties and obligations without getting bogged down in dealing with information requests.

The large amount of information that this implies and the accessibility of the information to everyone in the community means that the information needs to be delivered and available electronically via a website which is designed to handle this information.

In addition a website needs to be:

  • Resilient; which means that it needs to be protected from deliberate or accidental deletion or corruption.
  • Compliant; with Government standards
  • Supported; i.e. for system updates and user assistance.

    The Solution

    We have a website design approach to match the structure  of the information required to underlie the activities and publishing requirements of the best practice implied by the Local Government Award Scheme. Depending on the Award level (Foundation, Quality or Quality Gold) there are increasing requirements for publishing information on the intentions, actions, results and evaluation of all council activities.

    The complexity of the activities, governance, reporting, community engagement, efficiency reviews, standards, policies etc mean that there are many ways that a council can choose to structure information about its activities.  We have a solution which we feel maximises the power of the website to inform, keeps the updating simple and not least, easily demonstrates to the Local Council Awards Scheme that the majority of the award criterion are being met.  The high level sections relating to this approach are shown below and we can explain more detail to you at a meeting to discuss your requirements.

    • About Us
    • Our Mission and Vision
    • Future Action Plans
    • Councillors
    • Liaison and Partnerships
    • Community Engagement
    • Parish Council Activities
    • Parish Council Finance
    • Parish Council Accounts
    • Parish Council Transparency
    • Parish Council Calendar
    • Parish Council Meetings
    • Parish Council Notices
    • Annual Parish Meeting
    • Social Activities

    The Home page has an additional set of links that are often described as “Your area of interest” which provides visitors with quick links to regularly used pages and information that you want to give a high prominence.

    You can simply publish information to meet regulatory requirements, from the Local Governments Acts to Transparency Codes, Freedom of Information Act, the Localism Act and much more.  The website provides general explanatory context to the information to make it accessible to the general public so you don’t have to prepare all the content.  In addition our websites are:

    • a responsive i.e. designed for phones and tablets as well as laptops and desktops.
    • automatically backed up to a secure data centre.
    • compliant with government guidelines for local government websites.
    • scalable, allowing your website to grow and cover additional topics and provide additional features as the council’s publishing ambitions grow.
    • easy to update with notices, news and documents.
    • easy to handover to a new clerk or administrator with step by step user guides.
    • easy to add news, articles, images, photos and surveys, additional information pages much like creating new Word documents.

    Once we have clarified your requirements we can add additional pages that are of community benefit such as lists of community organisations, services from the local authority and other public service providers.

    We can supply stock images to add visual content but we prefer to use as many images as possible from your area to provide a familiar and distinctive visual theme.

    Smart phones and tablets

    Mobiles Overtake Desktops

    Web browsing with a smart phone or tablet computer overtook the volume of web browsing by desktop and laptop computers in November 2016 according to Web analytics firm StatCounter. For website owners this means that it is essential that websites are designed for use on multiple devices

    Multi-device display built in

    Any modern website needs to be responsive which means that the layout of a web page is automatically reconfigured in response to the device on which it is displayed. Our websites are responsive and will look good on a phone screen, a tablet computer or a desktop or laptop computer.

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