Code of Conduct Insurance Following lobbying by the National Association of Councillors, nine out of the eleven councils have now arranged Code of Conduct insurance for councillors. This means the councils will pay any legal costs incurred in contesting Code of Conduct complaints, provided the councillor is subsequently found not to have breached the Code. If a breach is confirmed however, the councillor will have to reimburse the council. The only two councils who have not yet arranged Code of Conduct insurance are Ards & North Down Borough Council and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. We are hoping that in due course all eleven councils will be providing insurance cover, as the financial burden on individual councillors could otherwise be considerable.
The National Association of Councillors communicate and provide information directly to our members by sending regular emails on topics that we feel are relevant to all Northern Ireland councillors.  We aim to assist our members by providing resources that will help them when working within their communities, and for carrying out the roles they may hold within their councils.  We also publish useful information and links here.
Universal Credit Advice NI made a presentation and prepared a Case Study Document for the National Association of Councillors NI in October 2018.  These documents cover many aspects of the scheme and highlight some of the problems that may be encountered by members of the public when making a claim.  This information should be useful for councillors when assisting constituents, within their local communities, with preparing applications and dealing with queries relating to these.
Universal Credit Presentation for NAC NI October 2018 Universal Credit Case Study for NAC NI October 2018
AILG National Association of Councillors delegates met with the President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Co-Director Mr Tom Moylan of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) in August 2018.  AILG provided information on the development of their operation and the training and benefits available to the 949 elected members that span their 32 local government councils. They also provided an insight to their views on the possible effect of Brexit.
AILG Presentation August 2018
AILG Brexit Position Brochure
GDPR Following the introduction of the new GDPR regulations on 28 May 2018 a presentation was made to the National Association of Councillors’ members by Belfast City Councils’ Information Governance Unit.  This covered many aspects of the requirements under the new Data Protection and GDPR regulations. A summary of the Q & A session after the presentation is also available.
GDPR awareness for NAC NI June 2018.
Q & A's GDPR Presentation for NAC NI June 2018.
Councillors’ Pension Scheme A presentation on the Local Government Pension Scheme NI was prepared and provided by NILGOSC for the National Association of Councillors.  It and other documents provided covered many aspects of the scheme which may be of interest to members whether they are already in the scheme or considering joining.
NILGOSC Presentation on Pension Scheme April 2018 NILGOSC Councillors Illustration of Calculation of Benefits April 2018 NILGOSC Councillor Q & A's April 2018
Useful Links Guidance on Councillors Allowances – currently being updated HMRC tax guidance for local government Councillors NILGA Councillors’ Guide Councillors’ Code of Conduct Guidance on Councillors’ Code of Conduct NI Local Government Commissioner for Standards Information Leaflets
Resources
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region Sketrick House Jubilee Road Newtownards BT23 4YH t: 028 9181 9413 e: naoc@btconnect.com
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region
t: 028 9181 9413
I f   you   have   any   problem   or   query   relating   to   your work   as   a   councillor,   if   there   is   anything   you   think would   make   the   job   easier,   if   there   is   any   help   or support   we   could   give   you,   don’t   hesitate   to   get   in touch with us.
The National Association of Councillors communicate and provide information directly to our members by sending regular emails on topics that we feel are relevant to all Northern Ireland councillors.  We aim to assist our members by providing resources that will help them when working within their communities, and for carrying out the roles they may hold within their councils.  We also publish useful information and links here.
Email Sent                 Subject
16 January 2019
REMINDER - GDPR Registration/Renewal
15 January 2019
Social Enterprise NI Social Value Conference
14 January 2019
NILGA/DfC/NIAO Councillor Masterclass
08 January 2019
Local Government Pension Scheme – Consultation
19 December 2018
NAC Newsletter December 2018
11 December 2018
NAC UK Events Information for 2019
Universal Credit Advice NI made a presentation and prepared a Case Study Document for the National Association of Councillors NI in October 2018.  These documents cover many aspects of the scheme and highlight some of the problems that may be encountered by members of the public when making a claim.  This information should be useful for councillors when assisting constituents, within their local communities, with preparing applications and dealing with queries relating to these.
AILG National Association of Councillors delegates met with the President, Cllr Damien Geoghegan and Co-Director Mr Tom Moylan of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) in August 2018.  AILG provided information on the development of their operation and the training and benefits available to the 949 elected members that span their 32 local government councils. They also provided an insight to their views on the possible effect of Brexit.
GDPR Following the introduction of the new GDPR regulations on 28 May 2018 a presentation was made to the National Association of Councillors’ members by Belfast City Councils’ Information Governance Unit.  This covered many aspects of the requirements under the new Data Protection and GDPR regulations. A summary of the Q & A session after the presentation is also available.
Councillors’ Pension Scheme A presentation on the Local Government Pension Scheme NI was prepared and provided by NILGOSC for the National Association of Councillors.  It and other documents provided covered many aspects of the scheme which may be of interest to members whether they are already in the scheme or considering joining.
At the NAC UK Conference in January 2019 a presentation was made on Phasing Out Single Use Plastics.  You can view the presentation by clicking on adjacent image
naoc@btconnect.com
                                  Resources
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region Sketrick House, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH Phone/fax: 028 9181 9413 Email: naoc@btconnect.com
028 9181 9413
National Association of Councillors Northern Ireland Region
If you have any problem or query relating to your work as a councillor, if there is anything you think would make the job easier, if there is any help or support we could give you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.