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.

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.

CiLCA Training – Portfolio of Evidence 2017

The CiLCA Portfolio of evidence sessions.

Dates: 29 June, 13 July, 21 September, 26 October and 30 November 2017

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. £ 250 for the whole course. Price includes lunch.

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Cemetery Management and Compliance

Thursday 5 October 2017, Stafford Room, Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

This one-day course, which also includes refreshments and lunch, will look at common problems, issues and mistakes and the costs that can be realised by burial authorities. The course will tell you how to avoid these costs and create potential new income streams. The following subjects are not exhaustive therefore any problems and issues raised by delegates will be explored.
Who should attend?
Clerks, Chairman of Cemetery or members of Committees responsible for cemeteries:
What will be covered?
Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977
Burials
Administrartive Processses
Grave Digging
Memorials
Creating Burial Space
Exhumation
Transferring Burial Rights overview/refresher

*****Please note the course is limited to a maximum of 15 delegates
Registration from 0900HRS.

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Budget Setting

Thursday 11 October, County Hall Exhibition Suite 10:00 – 14:30

Budgeting and Reserves

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.

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.

Chairmanship Skills

Thursday 12 October, Fishermead Trinity Centre, Milton Keynes

An effective session on the Chairmanship Skills required for effective chairing of Council meetings and committees,

Who should attend? Chairman, Chairman of Committees or aspiring Chairman.

The objectives are to
Introduce the roles, responsibilities and duties of a chairman and the impact that a chairman has on the profile of a council
Consider a chairman’s contribution to effective meetings and council decision making and his/her partnership with the clerk
Registration and refreshments will be available from 6 pm with the course starting promptly at 6.30 pm.

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Councillor Induction Training

Thursday 19 October 18:30 – 21:30, 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.  Chargeable parking is available in the Waterside North Car Park, immediately adjacent to Judges Lodgings.

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Allotments Training

7 November 2017 10am – 15:00, Knight Hall, Green Park Centre, Aston Clinton

Local Councils are legally obliged to provide land for allotments, but what are the further obligations and consequences of this commitment?  

The National Allotment Society (NSALG) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK.  They work with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all. They will take us through the following headings.  The day will finish with a question and answer session, which will cover any additional thoughts as a result of the day’s training

Agenda Headings

  • Classification of sites
  • Facilities
  • Local and Neighbourhood Planning
  • Setting rents and taking deposits
  • Legal considerations
  • Break
  • Waiting lists
  • Management Options
  • Health and Safety and insurance
  • Tenancy agreements/policies and rules
  • Managing non-cultivation and terminations
  • National Allotment Society

 This course will meet your CPD requirements.  Refreshments and lunch are included in the cost of the course.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 3pm.

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VAT for Parish and Local Councils

2 November 2017 10am – 13:00, The Royal British Legion Shop, High Stree, Aylesbury

A practical half day session, led by Accounting solutions from DCK Beavers.  The course will introduce and explaining the process of VAT. Welcome and mid-morning refreshments will be served.

Clerks, RFO’s and Chairman  and members of Finance Committees would all benefit from attending this course.

What will be covered?

  • VAT Registration
  • Classifications – what are business and non-business activities
  • Procedures for Claiming VAT
  • Village Halls & Community Buildings – who can claim for what, where do you draw the line between a refurbishment and a rebuild
  • VAT Partial Exemption

The course will meet your cpd requirements. 

Please note registration from 09:30 HRS.

There is no parking in the High Street or at the shop, please park in one of the many car parks in Aylesbury and walk to the High Street.  Nearest car park is Exchange Street or Upper Hundreds.

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.

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Accounts and Finance for Town & Parish Councils

14 November 2017 10am – 14:30, Oving Village Hall

A practical full day training session looking at the current requirements and regulations that affect both councillors and the clerk and RFO.  Refreshments and buffet lunch are included in the price.

The course should also meet your cpd requirements.

Who should attend?

Clerks (especially newly appointeed clerks), RFO’s and members of finance committees to examine:

 – The Internal audit

 – Completion and submission of the Annual Return and supporting documents

 – PAYE and the implications for a part-time Clerk

 – Councillor and Chairman’s allowances and tax

 – VAT

 – Fixed assets, inventories and software

 – Reserve accounting

The training is presented by DCK Accounting Solutions who provide accounting services to local councils and act as independant advisors to NALC..

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10:00am.  Refreshments on arrival and a Business Lunch will be served.  Parking is available at the Venue.

General Data Protection and Freedom of Information

22 November 2017 10am – 14:30, Large Dining Room, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

This course will give an update on the proposed changes to data protection which will become the Data Protection Act 2018 and are the most significant changes in decades. These include the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ and the creation of a statutory Data Protection Officer.

It will also cover how to deal with requests for information, how to apply exemptions and exceptions and when it matters which legislation you use. It will also take you through how to deal with vexatious requests. Templates for use and practical exercises will help participants to gain confidence and knowledge when faced with tricky requests.

Topics covered will include:

  • The Data Protection Act 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 Freedom of Information Act, exemptions and how to apply them
  • The public interest test
  • Environmental Information Regulations, exceptions and how to apply them
  • Vexatious requests
  • Transparency and whether it helps (or not).

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 and a Business Lunch will be served.  Parking is available at the Waterside North Pay and Display Car Park adjacent to Judges Lodgings.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 2:30pm.

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Milton Keynes – Demystifying Planning

28 November 2017 10am – 15:30, Woughton Community Council Offices,  Milton Keynes

Parish Councils have an important role to play in local planning decisions.

If you are a Chairman, a member of the Planning Committee or a member with an interest in the planning process, this training course should address those needs.

You will:

 – Learn about the changes in legislation and policy, both nationally and locally with the likely impact it may have

 – Understand what requires planning permission and what does not

 – How to make your comments count

 – Understand Enforcement – what can the District Council do and what it cannot do

Registration and light refreshments from 9:30am.  Lunch will be provided.  Course starts promptly at 10:00am.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 3:30pm.

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Meetings, Agenda & Minutes for Local Councils

7 December 2017 9:30am – 12:30, 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.

Register Here

General Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, venue to be advised

This course will give an update on the proposed changes to data protection which will become the Data Protection Act 2018 and are the most significant changes in decades. These include the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ and the creation of a statutory Data Protection Officer.

It will also cover how to deal with requests for information, how to apply exemptions and exceptions and when it matters which legislation you use. It will also take you through how to deal with vexatious requests. Templates for use and practical exercises will help participants to gain confidence and knowledge when faced with tricky requests.

Topics covered will include:

  • The Data Protection Act 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 Freedom of Information Act, exemptions and how to apply them
  • The public interest test
  • Environmental Information Regulations, exceptions and how to apply them
  • Vexatious requests
  • Transparency and whether it helps (or not).

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 and a Business Lunch will be served. Details of parking will be available when the venue is finalised.

Registration and refreshments available from 09.30 am, the course will begin promptly at 10am, we anticipate closing at 2:30pm.