Outside Appointments

What is an outside appointment? An outside appointments is any appointment made by a council to an external body such as a housing association, charity…

New Councillor – the Lib Dem Group

The Liberal Democrat Group is the basic “building block” of how we work together on the Council. Regular well attended group meetings are essential. The…

New Councillor – Dealing with Casework

Dealing with Casework Casework is requests from local residents to solve an issue or problem. Quick Response Customer service studies always show that it is…

New Councillor – The Ward Role

Local Champion That means you! That’s what we say about our Councillors on FOCUS leaflets and it needs to be true. You’re the person that…

New Councillor – Standards

The 2000 Local Government Act introduced a structure for Councillors’ ethics. Read and sign your council’s Code of Conduct – breaches of the code can…

New Councillor – Practical Information

Allowances, Tax and Benefits Councillors in main authorities receive an allowance as remuneration of their time. These levels differ enormously in different authorities, and some…

You are Not Super Human Be sensible about your time commitment as a Councillor. You are not a 24/7 emergency service. Make time for your…

New Councillor – Committees

Scrutiny All members of the Council who are not Executive Members, have an opportunity to take part in scrutiny. This works differently in different councils,…

MyCllr 2017: Posts and Pages

Where do my new posts display? Visitors to your site can scroll down from your main page to see a selection of headlines (and the…

Membership

Why do we need members? Every local party, no matter how big or small, needs members. Why? There are a number of reasons including, but…

Marked Registers

The marked register is a copy of the electoral roll that was used on polling day that shows who voted. It is available in two…

Making the most out of petitions

Why should we collect petitions? Collecting signatures on a petition to support a cause has been a mainstay of campaigning for decades. By collecting signatures…

Making the Most of Community Rights

The Localism Act and the Sustainable Communities Act give new powers to Councils and Local people. These new powers are additional tools in our arsenal…

Local Election Expense Limits 2015

Local Election Limits 2015 in England and Wales Electorate     Limits 2015 for one candidate     3 member all out wards with 3 LD candidates (eg…

Legal advice from ALDC

ALDC staff will offer political, tactical and strategic advice to our members. Whilst we have a working knowledge of election law and can offer basic…

Knocking Up

To win in most local elections we need to get a better turnout of our supporters than the opposition does (differential turnout). Our list of…

Installing fonts

The Liberal Democrat ‘official’ fonts are in the Helvetica and Helvetica Neue family and these can be downloaded from the ALDC File Library. We also…

Hustings

During general elections (and occasionally, but rarely local elections), it is quite common for there to be a series of election hustings where they invite…

How to use Pageplus on a Mac

The standard Desktop Publishing software used by the party is Serifs PagePlus X8. There is a deal in place to purchase the package which you…