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Training & Events Calendar

FOIA/ EIR Essentials for Parish and Town Council Clerks and Councillors

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:00

10am to 12noon
Zoom open at 9.45am
£40 + VAT

This is an on-line course to learn about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 how they impact local councils. It is aimed primarily at parish and town clerks but councillors, especially those on their data protection committees where they exist, will also benefit. By the end of the course, attendees will understand the principles of the FOIA/EIR, the different types of information covered, how to determine the validity of any requests, how to respond and in what time frame and whether exemptions may be applied, among other things. All attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This course is delivered by our Associate Tutor Philip Brown, a Norfolk based, experienced Data Protection practitioner https://www.datamardler.co.uk/

Managing Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:00

Delivery by Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC and Honorary Vice President of SLCC

11am to 1pm via Zoom.

Cost: £40 plus vat per delegate

This course will provide an understanding of the legal, administrative and financial duties of parish and town councils for the provision, management and maintenance of civil cemeteries and both closed and open Church of England churchyards. To provide an understanding of the legal and practical issues around the safety testing, repairs and reinstatement of memorials.

This event is aimed at parish and town clerks, administrators and councillors who currently have responsibility for burial services or who may be running out of new grave space. It could also be of benefit to full and part-time cemetery staff.

Alan, our Tutor for this course is also Cemetery Advisor to the Society of Local Council Clerks, Member of the Ministry of Justice Burials & Cremation Advisory Group.

Role of the Clerk - Induction Training (Part Four)

Role of the Clerk - Induction Training (Part Four)

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:30

9.30am-12noon (short break included)
Zoom waiting room open from 9.15am
£80 + VAT

This new and improved detailed course covers your role, the role of the Council and the Councillors as well as powers and duties, standing orders, meetings, finance, information management, planning, elections, casual vacancies and co-option and much more.

This course is also suited to Clerks who wish to refresh specific knowledge and can be booked as individual modules - contact Gabbie for more information on this.

Part One - The Core Roles - 6 October
Part Two - Law & Procedures - 15 October
Part Three - Finance - 20 October
Part Four - Management & Community - 29 October

Documents:
Role of the Clerk Course Description (PDF, 120 Kb)

GDPR Essentials for Parish and Town Council Clerks and Councillors

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:00

Essential training to meet GDPR requirements

7pm to 9pm
Zoom open at 6.50pm
£40 + VAT

This is an on-line non-technical look at the General Data Protection Regulation. It is aimed primarily at parish and town councillors, especially those on their data protection committees where they exist. By the end of the course, attendees will understand the principles of data protection, the lawful bases with which to process personal data, how to react to Subject Access Requests and data breaches among other things. Additional material will be made to clerks upon request. All attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This course is delivered by our Associate Tutor Philip Brown, a Norfolk based, experienced Data Protection practitioner https://www.datamardler.co.uk/

Budgeting

Budgeting

Tue, 03 Nov 2020 10:00

This session is now full - Places available on our 12 November course.

10am - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing 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:
• preparing a budget
• setting a precept
• allowing for Inflation
• contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• budget monitoring

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.

Being An Effective Councillor - Induction Training (Part One)

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 19:00

Course now Full - please see January for next course.

7 to 9.30pm

Zoom waiting room open from 6.55pm
£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)

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 19:00

7 to 9.30pm

Zoom waiting room open from 6.55pm
£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.

Is your Council the sole trustee of a Charity?

Is your Council the sole trustee of a Charity?

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:30

Delivery by Pauline James

2.30pm-4pm
£25 + vat

This course will discuss the administration of meetings for a Council which is a Sole Trustee, basic accounts and the Annual Return to the Charity Commission.

Finance for Councillors

Finance for Councillors

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 18:30

COURSE FULL - for further course details, contact Gabbie.

6.30pm - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: All councillors

Session overview: This session gives councillors a greater understanding of their duties regarding the council's finances. Topics include:
• Roles and responsibilities
• setting a budget and precept
• Financial control
• Year end and accounts
• Internal and external audit

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 Three

CiLCA Training - Session Three

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 09:30

9.30am-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

Documents:
CiLCA Session Plan (PDF, 169 Kb)

Budgeting

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 10:00

Course now FULL - for future dates, please contact our Training Officer.

10am - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing 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:
• preparing a budget
• setting a precept
• allowing for Inflation
• contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• budget monitoring

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.

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

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

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:30

Delivery by Pauline James

2.30pm-4pm
£25 plus vat

This course will concentrate on what controls are needed for most councils, and why, also linking in with the internal audit.

Budgeting

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:30

Course now FULL - for future dates, please contact our Training Officer.

1.30pm - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing 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:
• preparing a budget
• setting a precept
• allowing for Inflation
• contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• budget monitoring

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

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:00

Course now FULL - for future dates, please contact our Training Officer.

10am - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: Clerks and Finance Officers, essential for any council contemplating building projects.

Session overview: This session explains how VAT affects local councils, with exercises to help develop your understanding. Topics include:
• What law and guidance applies to councils
• 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

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

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:30

COURSE FULL - please see future dates or contact Gabbie for further dates.

6.30pm - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing 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:
• preparing a budget
• setting a precept
• allowing for Inflation
• contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• budget monitoring

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.

Finance for Councillors

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:30

Course now FULL - for future dates, please contact our Training Officer.

1.30pm - sessions are 90 mins delivered from a virtual classroom and there will be exercises and discussions.
£30 + VAT

Recommended for: All councillors

Session overview: This session gives councillors a greater understanding of their duties regarding the council's finances. Topics include:
• Roles and responsibilities
• setting a budget and precept
• Financial control
• Year end and accounts
• Internal and external audit

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.