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Training & Events Calendar

Finance for Councillors

Finance for Councillors

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:30

6.30-8pm
£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.

Budgeting & Financial Management

Budgeting & Financial Management

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:30

£45 + VAT
9.30am - 11am. If you wish to attend the afternoon session as well both courses can be offered for £70 + VAT.

Recommended for:

Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing and managing a budget.

Session overview:

This session is aimed at those involved in preparing, approving and monitoring budgets, as well as those involved in the day to day financial management of a council. Topics include:

  • setting a budget and precept
  • using spreadsheets
  • Inflation
  • Contingencies and reserves
  • how the council tax base affects the budget
  • budget monitoring
  • Financial management
  • Internal control

Session benefits:

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand how and when to prepare a budget
  • Know how to approve and issue a precept
  • Be aware of the factors that affect a budget
  • Understand how to manage a budget
  • Be aware of the need for 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.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:30

£45 + VAT
1.30pm - 3pm

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

Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:30

£45 + VAT
9.30am - 11am

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.

CiLCA Training - Session One

CiLCA Training - Session One

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:30

9.30am-1.30pm

Cost: £250 + VAT for members (£300 + VAT for non-members)

The first session starts at 9.30am through to 1.30pm. Subsequent sessions times are 09.30am to 12.30pm.

This is the essential qualification for Clerks and bookings are open for our September course. This is currently delivered via Zoom for our ongoing March course and students are loving it! So our September course will be via Zoom too. This also allows us to continue to keep the cost affordable.

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. 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.

Feedback from a Clerk on our October 2019 course, that finished in March: "I really have enjoyed the course - a great mix of seminar and teaching - would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering it."

Remember, Norfolk ALC is the only recognised CiLCA Training provider in the county and we are endorsed by NALC and SLCC.

10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 17 December, 11 February 2021 and 11 March 2021

Charities & Parish Council

Charities & Parish Council

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:00

Delivery by Charlotte Stannard
10am-1pm
Zoom waiting room open from 9.45am
Cost: £45 plus vat per delegate.

If your parish council is involved in a charitable trust in your parish, this training session could be for you.

Your council (or councillors) could be managing, holding, custodian or sole trustee(s). This session will explain the difference between the types of trusteeship and the roles and responsibilities that accompany each kind.

It will also cover:

  • The definition of a charity
  • Governing documents
  • Incorporation·Liability
  • Some myth busting around parish councils' duties towards charities.

Chairman Skills Refresher - Part One

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:30

9.30am-12noon.
Zoom waiting room open from 9.15am

Course fee: £65 + VAT for both sessions or £40 + VAT for one

Delivery by Rosemary Cochrane

This session will cover:

  • The role of the Chairman
  • Meetings (preparation, agenda, rules of procedure, ground rules, chairing styles)
  • Chairing Remotely

Places will be limited to six per course, to ensure maximum participation. We will run more courses to match demand.

Part Two - 29 September

Being An Effective Councillor - Induction Training (Part One)

Being An Effective Councillor - Induction Training (Part One)

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:00

Course FULL - new dates will be published shortly.

7pm-9.30pm

Zoom waiting room open from 6.45pm

£60 + VAT (Discount offered for two or more delegates from the same council)

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

Being An Effective Councillor - Induction Training (Part Two)

Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:00

Course FULL - new dates will be published shortly.

7pm-9.30pm

Zoom waiting room open from 6.45pm

£60 + VAT (Discount offered for two or more delegates from the same council)

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

Risk Assessments - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Risk Assessments - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:00

Free Webinar offered by BHIB Insurance Brokers
10.30am-12noon
Zoom meeting open at 10.15am

WebEx training course run by BHIB Insurance Brokers, Risk Manager, Brian Brookes the ex-Head of Insurance at Leicester City Council, Argos and the University of Warwick to help local councils understand risk assessments including additional requirements following the pandemic.

Have you ever thought "What is the point of risk assessments?" If so, then this is a course for you. With some actual examples of where risk assessments have gone wrong and some where they have saved managers from being charged with Gross Negligent Manslaughter.

Additionally we go through a basic risk assessment and discuss how to do it correctly and then what to do with it.

The course takes about 50 minutes allowing 10 minutes for questions at the end with plenty of opportunity for follow up with councils who need more help or advice.

Chairman Leadership Skills Refresher - Part Two

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 09:30

9.30am-12 noon
Zoom waiting room open from 9.15am

Course fee: £65 + VAT for both sessions or £40 + VAT for one

Delivery by Rosemary Cochrane

This session will cover:

  • Dealing with the public
  • Public Relations
  • Working with the Clerk

Places will be limited to six per course, to ensure maximum participation. We will run more courses to match demand.

Part One - 22 September 2020

Engaging Your Community

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:00

Delivery by Rachel Leggett

10am to 12noon
Zoom waiting room open at 9.45am

Cost: £45 + VAT per delegate

This session is designed to give Town and Parish Councils ideas for engaging their community that go beyond questionnaires, public meetings and posters on noticeboards. To include:

• Who are your community? Community profiling.

• Who are the 'hard to reach'?

• Traditional ways to consult: public meetings, questionnaires done well (and badly).

• Creative, engaging, fun and new ideas for engaging and consulting your community.

• Practical good practice principles.

• Resources

Financial Regulations - choosing controls that work for the clerk and the council

Financial Regulations - choosing controls that work for the clerk and the council

Thu, 01 Oct 2020 14:30

Delivery by Pauline James

2.30pm-4pm
£25 plus vat

This course is specifically for Clerks to smaller councils. Our Tutor, Pauline James, will consider the model financial regulations and concentrate on what controls are needed for most councils, and why they are important and relevant. This session will also identify the important connection between financial regulations and internal audit.