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Training Courses

Being an Effective Councillor

One day intensive course

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

Dates and Locations

Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Wereham Village Hall
Thursday 30 January 2020 - Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon

Data Protection Essentials for Parish Clerks and Councillors

This two hour course will introduce or refresh parish clerks and councillors on the essential and relevant features of data protection law. It will cover the key aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. Not only will attendees learn how to relate to the legislation with practical examples but they will also benefit from understanding how their personal data should be managed by others. Time will be set aside by the tutor to answer specific questions relating to particular circumstances or, if preferred, during separate one-to-one sessions immediately after the course has finished. Delegates will take away a certificate of attendance, a copy of the course slides, pointers to on-line training options and a basic guide to privacy notices and a data protection policy.

Your tutor is Phil Brown who is a data protection practitioner that has been providing advice and support to a variety of businesses across the region since September 2017. Having served as a councillor in his local parish in North Norfolk, Phil understands thoroughly the data protection related expectations placed on parish and town councils. This means he is ideally placed to deliver the most relevant information and offer a pragmatic approach to meet the every day needs of a parish clerk and councillors alike.

Dates and Locations

Wednesday 12 February 2020 - Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon

Law & Good Practice of Local Council Meetings

A new Norfolk ALC training course which looks at good meeting law and practice, examines the changing role of clerks and councillors in a digital age and challenges more traditional council committee structures to improve management and delivery of local council services, community consultation and feedback and making representations in more effective ways.

Course tutor, Alan Fairchild MBE, FSLCC is former town clerk and responsible financial officer with over 40 experience working in Norfolk and as a national representative on Government advisory and regulatory bodies.

Dates and Locations

Tuesday 11 February 2020 - Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon

Role of the Clerk

What will you learn?

The aim of the course is to introduce your role as a Local Council Clerk here in Norfolk. The course covers five themes based on the Occupational Standards established by the National Training Strategy[1] in England.

1 The Core Roles establishes your place in local government and the duties and responsibilities of the council as a corporate body, individual councillors, the chairman and the clerk. We consider how relations work effectively across all roles within the council. We look at how local councils sit within the current local government structure in Norfolk.

2 Law and Procedure establishes the council's legal framework including duties, powers and other statutory requirements. It introduces agendas, minutes, meeting procedures, and the value of standing orders, delegation and committee structures. We note election processes, the standards framework and the need to keep up to date with legislation.

3 Finance introduces the role of the Responsible Financial Officer and proper financial practices, accounts, financial procedures and accounting regulations. We consider budgeting, the precept, audits, insurance, income generation and the importance of internal control and good governance.

4 Management establishes the role of the council and its officers in planning, managing, funding and reviewing projects, services, assets and facilities. It considers employment, risk management, insurance and essential policies.

5 Community is the heart of what local councils are all about. You identify community needs and plans; you engage with the planning system and get to know the community well. We look at how your council might engage and support the betterment of your locality through new initiatives.

This course is delivered as a two-day course.

[1] Produced by the Improvement and Development Board, who represent NALC, SLCC, LGA and MCHLG.

Dates and Locations

21 & 28 November 2019 - Carrowbreck House, Hellesdon