Training & Events Calendar

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Finance for Councillors- FULLY BOOKED

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:30

6.30-8.30pm
£35 + VAT

Recommended for:
All councillors

Session overview:
This session is designed to give councillors a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances. Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • How VAT applies to local councils
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:
By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

  • Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Understand how VAT law applies to your council
  • Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Venue:
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:30

£45 + VAT
9.30am - 12.30pm

If you wish to attend the afternoon session as well both courses can be offered for £70 + VAT which will include lunch.

Recommended for:
Clerks, Finance Officers, councillors on finance committees and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge in this area. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Session overview:
This session explains how VAT affects local councils, with practical exercises to help develop your understanding. Topics include:

  • how VAT law applies to local councils
  • where to find the law and guidance
  • the difference between business and non-business activities
  • understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
  • when a council must register for VAT
  • when VAT can be reclaimed
  • Partial exemption
  • the VAT implications of building projects (including option to tax)
  • Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

Session benefits:
By the end of this session you will:

  • Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
  • Understand the key concepts of VAT
  • Know when a council can or can't reclaim VAT
  • Recognise when a council must register for VAT
  • Be aware of activities that require special attention

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Venue:
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

VAT for Larger Councils

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 14:00

£35 + VAT
2pm-4pm

If you wish to attend the morning session as well both courses can be offered for £70 + VAT which will include lunch.

Recommended for:
Clerks, RFOs, finance staff, service managers and councillors on finance committees of councils that undertake a range of business activities to generate income.

Session overview:
This session explains the VAT implications of local councils undertaking business activities, with practical exercises to help develop your understanding. Topics include:

  • where to find VAT law and guidance
  • understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
  • when a council must register for VAT
  • When to charge VAT on business activities
  • when VAT can be reclaimed
  • Implications of undertaking VAT exempt activities
  • the VAT implications of building projects (including option to tax)
  • Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

Session benefits:
By the end of this session you will:

  • Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
  • Be able to identify when business activities are being undertaken
  • Be aware of the VAT treatment of common types of activity
  • Know when a council can or can't reclaim VAT
  • Recognise when a council must register for VAT

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Venue:
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

Being An Effective Councillor - COURSE FULL

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 09:30

2.5 CPD Points
One day intensive course
£60 + VAT
9.30am - 3.30pm
Wereham Village Hall

Covers roles and responsibilities, getting things done for your community, procedures and law, working with your Clerk, planning, budgeting and finance.

Venue:
Wereham Village Hall
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

Clerk Networking Session

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:15

County School, North Elmham

An opportunity for local Town and Parish Clerks (only) to meet and discuss topical matters. This is an ideal opportunity to engage with neighbouring Council Clerks and explore ways of approaching matters that might have commonality across borders.

Sessions are 10.15am to noon and are free to attend, but must be booked in advance via our booking system.

Venue:
County School, North Elmham
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

Being An Effective Councillor- COURSE FULL

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:30

2.5 CPD Points
One day intensive course
£60 + VAT
9.30am - 3.30pm
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon

Covers roles and responsibilities, getting things done for your community, procedures and law, working with your Clerk, planning, budgeting and finance.

Venue:
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

CiLCA Training - Session Two

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:00

10am-1pm
Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon

The six sessions make up the full training course and are designed to support your portfolio submission by instalment or at the end of the course.

CiLCA is a Level 3 qualification for local council Clerks and other officers, assessed through submission of an extensive portfolio of evidence. It is also a requirement for the purposes of the Local Council Award Scheme (Quality and Quality Gold) and eligibility for the council to use the general power of competence.

This training course will take you through each of the 30 learning outcomes. It will also explain how to compile your portfolio, involve your Council, and strengthen your knowledge as a practitioner.

For this year only, eligible Clerks across Norfolk will qualify for a 50% reduction in both our tuition/ support fees of £300 and the SLCC registration fees of £350. This will brings the cost down from £650 to £325. Non-members of the Norfolk Association may still qualify for a discount, but please contact us to discuss.

17 July, 18 September, 16 October, 18 November,
18 December, 15 January 2020. (no session in August).

Venue:
Venue
Contact:
Contact

Clerk Networking Session

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:15

Baytree, Hilgay

An opportunity for local Town and Parish Clerks (only) to meet and discuss topical matters. This is an ideal opportunity to engage with neighbouring Council Clerks and explore ways of approaching matters that might have commonality across borders.

Sessions are 10.15am to noon and are free to attend, but must be booked in advance via our booking system.

Venue:
Baytree, Hilgay
Contact:
trainer@norfolkalc.gov.uk

Managing Allotments – understanding your onions

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:30

9.30-3.30pm
£60 + VAT includes lunch
2.5 CPD
Hellesdon Community Centre

This course is for officers and staff who have responsibility for managing the administration of Council allotments. Delivered by experienced Tutors from the National Allotment Society, the session will look at the legislation and it's practical application in dealing with issues about facility and tenancy management. It is designed for those new to allotment management as well as those wishing to update their knowledge.

Venue:
Hellesdon Community Centre
Contact:
it@norfolkalc.gov.uk