Training & Events

Whether you are just starting out as a Clerk or Councillor or perhaps you have been in post for some time, having a commitment to lifelong learning should be at the top of your list.

Keeping up to date with new Legislation or best practice is never easy – we can help equip you to gain a head start or to tackle that skill that has been on your action list for some time.From Working with your Council to chairing meetings or from writing effective minutes to working with the media, get the skills you need to take you to the next level in your career and beyond.

We welcome enquiries from other areas and from non-member councils.

Our Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.  A map to Aylesbury parking can be downloaded here https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/map-car-parks-aylesbury.

CiLCA Portfolio of Evidence  2018

28 June, 26 July, 27 Sept, 25 Oct & 22 Nov 2018 – Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

Who should attend? 

Clerks, Assistant Clerks and other officials whose aim is to obtain their CiLCA qualification, leading potentially to your Council obtaining the General Power of Competence.

Registration from 0930 am. The course will start promptly at 10am.  Business lunch and refreshments included. Parking is available at the Pay and Display Carpark, Waterside North in Aylesbury which is adjacent to the Judges Lodgings Building.

Finance Training for Councillors now on 4th July 2018

Tuesday, 4 July 2018, Dining Room, Judges Lodgings, adj to Waterside North 3 Car Park, Exchange St, Aylesbury

Councillors have a responsibility regarding the handling of Public Money.  Local councils must manage their activities within their set budget.  Financial budgeting and internal control of the accounts requires a corporate approach that is subject to strict and detailed statutory requirements and proper practices.

The training course is aimed at new councillors, councillors wishing to expand their knowledge on financial matters as well as those who are on Finance Committees.  This is a high level course and will not present detailed financial procedures for councils.

The course will cover financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement contracts and financial audit.

Registration will commence at 17:30 with the course starting promptly at 18:00.  Refreshments will be available on arrival.  The course will conclude by 20:45.  Parking is available at the Waterside North Pay and Display Car Park adjacent to Judges Lodgings accessed from Exchange Street.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.Yo may substitute a delegate up to 24 hours before the date of the event. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferm

Councillor Induction Training

Wednesday 12 July  2018, 18:30 – 20:30, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

If you are a new member, getting to know your Council, it’s role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresher course or reminder cannot be underestimated.

This session should provide Councillors with the headstart they need and knowledge to begin the task of representing their communities

 You will:

– Hear about the roles and responsibilities of Parish Councillors

– Hear about the role of The Chairman 

– Hear about the role of the Clerk

– Understand the Local Government structure and how Local Councils fit in

Plus there will be ample time for questions and positive interaction!

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 18:30.    Parking is available at the North Waterside pay and display car park adjacent to the Judges Lodgings Building.

Budget Setting for Town and Parish Councils

Thursday 13 September  2018, 10:00 – 13:00, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

The preparation of an Annual Budget is one of the key statutory tasks undertaken at a council, irrespective of its size.

  • The budget results in the council setting the precept for the year;
  • Gives the clerk and other officers overall authority to make spending commitments in line with decisions of the council;
  • Enables progress monitoring during the year by comparing actual spending against planned spending.

This course for clerks and councillors will increase understanding of how the budget is put together and should be used.  The Why, When and How, if you like.  We will review the key stages, statutory requirements and best practices that govern this important process.

Reserves

Local Councils need to hold an amount in reserves to meet unexpected expenditure.  Typically this is between 3 to 12 months.  We will discuss the General Reserve and Ear Marked Reserves and how these should be managed and justified.

DCK Accounting Solutions Ltd  are specialists in local government, SME and sole Trader Accounting working closely with the National Association of Councils to provide quality advice and training to local councils.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival  will be served. Please advise of any food allergies.

Free Parking is not availabe at this location and the closest Pay and Display Carpark is Waterside North.  Please contact us if you require a map to assist you.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.

Councillor Training for  Town and Parish Councils

Thursday 4 October  2018, 18:30 – 20:30, Gt Linford, Milon keynes

If you are a new member, getting to know your Council, it’s role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresher course or reminder cannot be underestimated.

This session should provide Councillors with the headstart they need and knowledge to begin the task of representing their communities or the refresher to re-energise existing councillors,

 You will:

– Hear about the roles and responsibilities of Parish Councillors

– Hear about the role of The Chairman 

– Hear about the role of the Clerk

– Understand the Local Government structure and how Local Councils fit in

Plus there will be ample time for questions and positive interaction!

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 18:30.    Parking is available in the car park adjacent to the building.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.

Agenda and Minutes Town and Parish Councils

Tuesday 23 October  2018, 10:00 – 13:00, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

The rules by which  Agenda and Minutes are prepared for Local Councils are different to those in the corporate and charity sector.  This course is aimed at Clerks, although Councillors are welcome. Our presenter, Mr Peter Cooper, will advise clerks on the statutory obligations and discuss best practice during this session.

Council and Committee meetings

Terms of Reference and Delegation

Preparing Agendas

Summons and Notices

Public and confidential business

Etiquette at meetings

Essential elements of Minutes

Registration will commence at 9:00am with the course starting promptly at 09:30am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.

Risk Management for  Town and Parish Councils

Tuesday 23 October  2018, 1330 – 16:00, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

Risk Management for Town and Parish Councils

Full details to follow and will include a range of Health and Safety aspects including basic Health & Safety; Manual Handling; Managing Stress; Working at height; and Undertaking Risk Assessments.

Registration will commence at 13:00pm with the course starting promptly at 13:30am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be given if 14 days or more notice, prior to the date of the training course, is given.

Full charges will be levied and no refund will be available when a booking is cancelled within the 14-day period prior to the date of the training course.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to defer the booking, please contact us in writing at balc@bucksalc.gov.uk.  Cancellation or deferment is entirely at the discretion of B&MKALC.

Delegate fees are transferable to other councillors or employees of your council to attend the training event booked.

BMKALC – Annual General Meeting

Friday, 9 November 2018, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Green Park in Aston Clinton.

Each member council is entitled to send two councillors to attend, one of which will be the voting member.  The Agenda is currently being prepared.

The Meeting will be followed by a Finger Buffet.

Refreshments and registration will take place from 6:30pm.   

Parking is available at the centre but does fill up quickly.  Darke Hall is located in the Coach House which is immediately adjacent to the main gate, keep to the left as you drive in.  Please let me know if you require any assistance accessing the building.

The General Data Protection Regulation

Friday, 23 November 2018, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park

This course will give an update following the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, looking at where we are now and how best practice is supporting local government.

Topics covered will include:

  • The General Data Protection Regulations 2018
  • The new six principles of data protection
  • How to recognise ‘sensitive’ personal data
  • Data security and the most common causes of breaches
  • Dealing with Subject Access Requests

The tutor is a solicitor and former Monitoring Officer who has advised and trained on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the outset and has had responsibility for compliance with information legislation at both district and unitary councils. She has run her own practice for over six years and advised many authorities on how to deal with vexatious requests.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival. Parking is available at the centre but does fill up quickly.  Darke Hall is located in the Coach House which is immediately adjacent to the main gate, keep to the left as you drive in.  Please let me know if you require any assistance accessing the building.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 13:00pm.