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Understanding Your Council

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Essential Councillor

This course is a “whistle stop tour” of the essential information and knowledge required by anyone wanting to be a good Local Councillor. It is suitable for both new and more experienced Local Councillors who need an update on the never-ending changes to the law and regulations effecting Local Councils.

It also gives and insight into how Local Councillors can be effective in influencing emerging new laws and changing the policies and procedures that currently govern Local Councils

Undertaking this course is also an important indicator in the assessment of a Quality Council, in the Local Council Awards Scheme.

Event Date Mon 6 Sep 2021 6:30 pm
Event End Date Mon 6 Sep 2021 8:30 pm
Registered 0
Available Place 20
Cut off date Thu 2 Sep 2021 8:00 am
Individual Price £40 to Members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council
Attachment Subs 20-21 2020 Electorate.pdf

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Planning in Plain English

Planning in Plain English

Introduction – how to be effective in influencing the planning system from a councillor perspective.

Practical exercise - Permitted or permission?

Guidance – information sources and where to find help.

Process – an explanation of the planning system structure, cutting through the confusion, putting everything into context without the jargon.

Policies & Resources – the planning framework, why and how Local Councils should be active at all levels.

Effective response – how to construct a response, the language to use, how to make points that are relevant, in context and need to be taken notice of, using precedent etc., which detail to pick up and concentrate on, why and where to find the specific information.

Practical exercise - Material or Non-material?

Consideration – Green belt, flood planes, using the local knowledge only Local Councillors have.

In practice - what is the role of a councillor, how not to waste valuable time (yours and the Planners), which documents to look at.

Keeping up to date – what’s coming down the line.

N/B We supply all the hyperlinks to the available resources to build your own quick reference files when considering planning applications.

Event Date Thu 16 Sep 2021 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thu 16 Sep 2021 8:30 pm
Registered 0
Available Place 20
Cut off date Wed 15 Sep 2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price £40 to Members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Essential Councillor

The essential course for new and experienced councillors on all the up to date duties and powers of a local council in this fast paced modern world. The role of Local Councils in modern government, their duties and powers, Councillors and the Code of Conduct, Standing Orders, DPI's and involvement in meetings, etc., the Clerks responsibilities, the Chairman's role, the latest updates on legislation and much more!!

Event Date Wed 24 Nov 2021 6:30 pm
Event End Date Wed 24 Nov 2021 8:30 pm
Registered 17
Available Place 3
Cut off date Tue 23 Nov 2021 10:00 am
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

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Essential Councillor

Just the essentials that councillors need to know when embarking on a term of office on the local authority. Although just the tip of the iceburg, the things all councillors need to know will be touched on and questions answered.

Event Date Mon 17 Jan 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Mon 17 Jan 2022 8:30 pm
Registered 14
Available Place 6
Cut off date Sun 16 Jan 2022
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Essential Councillor

This course is a “whistle stop tour” of the essential information and knowledge required by anyone wanting to be a good Local Councillor. It is suitable for both new and more experienced Local Councillors who need an update on the never-ending changes to the law and regulations effecting Local Councils. It also gives and insight into how Local Councillors can be effective in influencing emerging new laws and changing the policies and procedures that currently govern Local Councils.

Undertaking this course is also an important indicator in the assessment of a Quality Council, in the Local Council Awards Scheme.

Event Date Tue 8 Mar 2022 10:00 am
Event End Date Tue 8 Mar 2022 12:00 pm
Registered 9
Available Place 11
Cut off date Mon 7 Mar 2022
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Planning in Plain English

Local (parish and town) councils play an important role in commenting on the planning applications that affect their area. The Government wants to see planning decisions taken at the lowest level possible and so once the local planning authority has received a planning application it will publicise the proposal and notify the Local Council so that they have a chance to express their views.

How can Local Council make sure that their comments on planning applications are as effective as possible and taken into account by the local planning authority? This course will give you lots of advice, hints and tips to assist you as a councillor with this important task.

Event Date Thu 28 Apr 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thu 28 Apr 2022 8:30 pm
Registered 8
Available Place 12
Cut off date Wed 27 Apr 2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Essential Councillor

This course is a “whistle stop tour” of the essential information and knowledge required by anyone wanting to be a good Local Councillor. It is suitable for both new and more experienced Local Councillors who need an update on the never-ending changes to the law and regulations effecting Local Councils.

It also gives and insight into how Local Councillors can be effective in influencing emerging new laws and changing the policies and procedures that currently govern Local Councils

Undertaking this course is also an important indicator in the assessment of a Quality Council, in the Local Council Awards Scheme.

Event Date Mon 6 Jun 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Mon 6 Jun 2022 8:30 pm
Registered 8
Available Place 12
Cut off date Fri 3 Jun 2022 6:00 pm
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

New Clerks

If you are new to the role of the Proper Officer (Clerk) to a Local Council, or you have not undertaken any training for the role you are undertaking, this session will give you the very basics to enable you to ensure your council is operating lawfully.
The biggest mistake a new Clerk can make is simply continue to do what the previous Clerk did, or worse still, just accept what the councillors think their Clerk should do. This session will provide you with the information you need about:
Who does what
The duties and responsibilities of the Council
The duties the of the Proper Officer (Clerk)
The Clerks Core Standards
Key policies
The Clerks Year
Agenda setting and minute taking – the essentials
Resources for the future

Event Date Tue 14 Jun 2022 10:00 am
Event End Date Tue 14 Jun 2022 11:30 am
Registered 2
Available Place 8
Cut off date Tue 14 Jun 2022
Individual Price Free to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

The Essential Councillor

This course is a “whistle stop tour” of the essential information and knowledge required by anyone wanting to be a good Local Councillor. It is suitable for both new and more experienced Local Councillors who need an update on the never-ending changes to the law and regulations effecting Local Councils. It also gives and insight into how Local Councillors can be effective in influencing emerging new laws and changing the policies and procedures that currently govern Local Councils.

Undertaking this course is also an important indicator in the assessment of a Quality Council, in the Local Council Awards Scheme.

Event Date Wed 27 Jul 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Wed 27 Jul 2022 9:30 pm
Registered 15
Available Place 5
Cut off date Tue 26 Jul 2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price 40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Planning in Plain English

Local (parish and town) councils play an important role in commenting on the planning applications that affect their area. The Government wants to see planning decisions taken at the lowest level possible and so once the local planning authority has received a planning application it will publicise the proposal and notify the Local Council so that they have a chance to express their views.


How can Local Council make sure that their comments on planning applications are as effective as possible and taken into account by the local planning authority? This course will give you lots of advice, hints and tips to assist you as a councillor with this important task.

Event Date Thu 15 Sep 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thu 15 Sep 2022 8:30 pm
Registered 12
Available Place 8
Cut off date Wed 14 Sep 2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price £40 for members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council
Essential Councillor

This course is a “whistle stop tour” of the essential information and knowledge required by anyone wanting to be a good Local Councillor. It is suitable for both new and more experienced Local Councillors who need an update on the never-ending changes to the law and regulations effecting Local Councils. It also gives and insight into how Local Councillors can be effective in influencing emerging new laws and changing the policies and procedures that currently govern Local Councils.

Undertaking this course is also an important indicator in the assessment of a Quality Council, in the Local Council Awards Scheme.

Event Date Mon 19 Sep 2022 6:30 pm
Event End Date Mon 19 Sep 2022 8:30 pm
Registered 3
Available Place 17
Cut off date Sun 18 Sep 2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price £40.00 to members
Location Zoom
Categories Understanding Your Council

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