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Websites and Mobile Applications Accessibility Regulations

The Cabinet Office Government Digital Services have issued notification that Scottish Community Councils are subject to The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 under the definition of “bodies governed by public law” and “public sector body”.

It is appreciated that Community Councils will not have been aware of this categorisation and the consequences arising from it. However, the Cabinet Office recognises that many small organisations will not have the capacity to comply with the legislation in the same manner as large scale public bodies, but they do expect you to comply with the requirements. Below are the 3 stages that Community Councils will need to carry out.

Read more: Websites and Mobile Applications Accessibility Regulations

The Circular Economy & the Planning System

Here is information about some free online training for community councils & elected members which PAS is planning, in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland, for early next year.

These training events will help participants to understand how the planning system works, in particular how to be engaged and involved in shaping decision-making. It will also provide an introduction to the circular economy as Scotland moves towards its zero carbon target by 2045. More details and sign up here.

Contact: Jenny Pendreigh PAS | Manager – Support Services - Office: 0131 220 9730

Submit an enquiry to our free Advice Service - Website: www.pas.org.uk - Twitter: @PAS_tweets

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General support during the current pandemic

 We have put together a set of web links to sites like NHS and City of Edinburgh Council which might provide communities with support at this time.

Access these links HERE 

City of Edinburgh Council has supplied a comprehensive list of contacts which can be found HERE

Data Protection and Community Councils

On 25th May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulations come into force.

EACC will be identifying what Community Councils need to know and action they should take to comply. The City of Edinburgh Council has published guidelines and on initial examination these appear to be daunting and honourous. Initial discussions with the author of the guidelines suggests this should not be so and only involves taking basic steps to comply with the regulations.

It is our intention to provide further information which Secretaries and other Office Bearers need to take to ensure compliance.

The Edinburgh Poverty Commission report launch

Edinburgh Poverty Commission logo

The Edinburgh Poverty Commission’s successful final report launch can now be viewed online via this link.

We’ve had a fantastic response to the report, so please do continue to share our links and tweets on social media.

@EndPovertyEdin

https://edinburghpovertycommission.org.uk

Supporting Communities Safely - advice for community groups and volunteer networks

The Improvement Service have asked us to make you aware of a new resource that has been published to support community organisations to carry out their vital work safely during the Covid-19 outbreak.  The below news item promotes the advice on infection control for community groups.  I’d be grateful if you would consider sharing this information with community councils in your area.

www.scdc.org.uk/news/article/2020/5/15/supporting-communities-safely-advice-for-community-groups-organisations-and-volunteer-networks

A direct link to the resource is available here:

https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

The resource is designed to be interactive and they will seek to respond to questions and observations from users and update where appropriate.

Community Council Annual Administrative Grant

The grant is based on a fixed sum of £522 plus £0.02 per head of population within the community.

Read more: Community Council Annual Administrative Grant

General information for Community Councils

Information for Chairs and Secretaries

Planning

The Council’s Planning Service will be restarting certain activities in the coming weeks which will allow more applications to progress. The Scottish Government have been clear that they wish the planning system to continue to function during the lockdown, so that there is a pipeline of consents ready for when construction resumes.

Read more: General information for Community Councils

EACC belongs to every Edinburgh Community Council

Its aim is to provide support, advise and give a collective voice for community councils when facing the challenges community councillors encounter on an almost daily basis. No one person is more important than any other. All community councils have a voice on the EACC!!