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SPCA Stafford Office

Please note that the SPCA office in Stafford is now closed due to the Coronavirus crisis and the staff are working from home.

All communications with SPCA should be directed via email to


Section 137 Expenditure: Limit for 2020-21

The appropriate sum for the purposes of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for Parish and Town Councils for 2020-21 is £8.32.

Section 137(1) of the 1972 Act permits each Parish or Town Council to spend on activities for which it has no other specific powers if the Council considers that the expenditure is in the interests of, and will bring direct benefit to, the area or any part of it, or all or some of its inhabitants, providing that the benefit is commensurate with the expenditure. Parish and Town Councils are also permitted under section 137(3) to incur expenditure for certain charitable and other purposes. The maximum expenditure that can be incurred under both section 137(1) and (3) for the financial year 2020-21 will be £8.32 per elector.

Great British Spring Clean 2020 – POSTPONED

The Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has formally launched the ‘Great British Spring Clean 2020’. This year, the event will take place from 20th March to 13th April and aims to build on last year’s success. In 2019, over 560,000 #LitterHeroes joined forces to collect litter. This year’s target is to reach 1,000,000 litter pickers.

While the primary aim is to clean up our streets and open spaces, this campaign provides a more significant opportunity for local councils to bring the community together, help health and social wellbeing, and improve the environment.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “This campaign is a great opportunity for local councils to get communities together. KBT wants to inspire everyone to be aware of their surroundings and with the simplest of actions to help transform our environment for the better. Creating cleaner streets, parks and beaches, protecting our wildlife and, ultimately, stopping the tide of plastic which is doing so much harm.”

Find out more about the Great British Spring Clean

Local Council Award Scheme

The Association is encouraging councils to apply for accreditation under the Local Council Award Scheme at an appropriate status (Foundation, Quality, or Quality Gold). The County Panel has already determined several applications from SPCA members and is keen to see more councils seek accreditation in order that their professionalism is validated and recognised publicly.

Full details of the Scheme, including a Guidance document and application form, can be obtained by emailing


Filming of Parish Council meetings

Filming of Parish Council meetings: the law since August 2014

As reported at the time in the SPCA “Bulletin” (the issues dated 7th August and 14th August 2014 refer) the Government made the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, pursuant to the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, effective from 6th August 2014. The rules were changed to make councils, including parish and town councils, and other local government bodies such as fire and rescue authorities, more transparent and accountable to their local communities.

The key change was that the Regulations conferred on the public the right to film and report, using digital and social media, all those meetings of parish and town councils which are open to the public.

Member councils should refer to the SPCA “Bulletin” dated 1st December 2016 for further details.

The Association has a model “Media Policy” that councils should consider adopting in order that they can respond accordingly when members of the public choose to exercise their rights under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.

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