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.

Register Here

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

ONLY 4 PLACES LEFT

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

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

A practical half day session, led by  from DCK Accounting Solutions.  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.

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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

FULLY BOOKED

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.

Register Here

Milton Keynes – Demystifying Planning

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

FULLY BOOKED

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.

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Resilience Planning for Local Councils

12 December 2017 10:00am – 14:30, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

Whilst Local Authorities have a statutory duty to have emergency plans and business continuity plans, to communicate with the public on the risk of emergencies and how to prepare for them, there is no statutory duty for Parish or Town Councils to produce an emergency plan. 

However there are two circumstances when it would be advisable for such emergency plans to be prepared. 

1.    In the event of a wide-area incident, when county and district council services as well as emergency services resources are stretched, the ability of a community to be self-sufficient would be of huge benefit to that community. 

2.    In the event of an emergency occurring within the community, the existence of a viable emergency plan might allow for the “normal” county and district council emergency response to be tempered to fit the community, rather than simply having a solution imposed on the community.

We will be looking at properly understanding what we mean by Resilience Planning and why we need it.  We will identify the likely risks we face.  We will be using the Community Toolkit to help us prepare an appropriate plan. 

This course will be relevant to Clerks and members of the Resilience / Disaster Management Committees of Town and Parish Councils.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10.00am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy..

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Finance Training for Councillors

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, Judges Lodgings, 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 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.

Cancellation Details shown above.

Councillor Induction Training

Thursday 25 January 2018, 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.

Register Here

The Annual Audit for Town and Parish Councils

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 10:00 – 13:00, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

A practical morning session, led by PKF Littlejohn who are the External Auditor for 2017-18..

Who should attend?

Clerks, RFO’s and Chairman of Finance Committees or members of Finance Committees:

What will be covered?

  • Preparing Your Annual Return
  • What to Expect from your Auditor
  • Transparency Code Requirements
  • Changes to the Local Audit Scheme

It should also meet your cpd requirements.

Please note: Registration and Refreshments from 0930HRS.   The course will start promptly at 10:00.  Chargeable parking is available in the Waterside North Car Park, immediately adjacent to Judges Lodgings.

Cancellation Policy

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VAT for Town and Parish Councils

Tuesday 27 February 2018, 10:00 – 12:30, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

A practical half day session, led by DCK Accounting Solutions.  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

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.  The course will start promptly at 10:00.  Chargeable parking is available in the Waterside North Car Park, immediately adjacent to Judges Lodgings.

Register Here

Chiltern District – Demystifying Planning

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 10:00 – 14:30, The Chamber, Chiltern DC, Amersham

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

This course will be delivered by Mark Aughterlony the Development Management Manager and Ben Temple the Enforcement Manager at Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council.  Please do not be put off joining this course even if you are not within the Chiltern planning area, the information and guidance you receive is relevant to all locations!

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

The course will meet your cpd requirements.

Please note registration from 09:30 HRS.  The course will start promptly at 10:00.

Register Here

Councillor Induction Training

Thursday 8 March  2018, 18:30 – 21:00, Oxley Park Community Centre

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.  Parkings is available at the Community Centre.

General Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Wednesday, 14 March 2018, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

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.

Chairmanship Skills Training

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, Cedar Barn, Hazlemere

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

Procurement, Tenders and Contract Management for Local Councils

Thursday, 10 May 2018, Knight Hall, Green Park, Aston Clinton

Whilst Local Authorities have a statutory duty to have emergency plans and business continuity plans, to communicate with the public on the risk of emergencies and how to prepare for them, there is no statutory duty for Parish or Town Councils to produce an emergency plan. 

However there are two circumstances when it would be advisable for such emergency plans to be prepared. 

1.    In the event of a wide-area incident, when county and district council services as well as emergency services resources are stretched, the ability of a community to be self-sufficient would be of huge benefit to that community. 

2.    In the event of an emergency occurring within the community, the existence of a viable emergency plan might allow for the “normal” county and district council emergency response to be tempered to fit the community, rather than simply having a solution imposed on the community.

We will be looking at properly understanding what we mean by Resilience Planning and why we need it.  We will identify the likely risks we face.  We will be using the Community Toolkit to help us prepare an appropriate plan. 

This course will be relevant to Clerks and members of the Resilience / Disaster Management Committees of Town and Parish Councils.

Registration will commence at 9:30am with the course starting promptly at 10.00am.  Refreshments on arrival.  Parking is available at the centre however it does get busy.

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.