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.

Resilience Planning for Local Councils – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

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 CANCELLED

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.

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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, 13 February 2018, 10:00 – 12:30, Darke Hall, The Coach House, Green Park, Aston Clinton

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.  Free parking is available at the Centre, but it does fill up quickly.

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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. Parking is avalable at the centre but does fill up quickly in the morning.

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

General Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, Dining Hall, 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 in the North Waterside pay and display Car Park adjacent to the venue.  Please let me know if you require any assistance accessing the building or have any food allergies.

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

Procurement of services and equipment can be a daunting process. What form of procurement should be used? Sole tender, Quotations, ITTs, EOIs the options and terminology can be daunting.  This course guides you through good practice to ensure you stay in control of the initiation, drafting and publishing of documents. Tender/Bid assessment and contract award. Culminating in the key element to successful contract management

• Understanding the current procurement environment

• Deciding on the procurement strategy

• Creating the procurement documentation

• Assessing and Awarding a contract

• Contract management processes

• Q & A session

Andy Dyson  (Fresh Ground Group) has direct experience creating, managing and awarding tenders within the public sector at both a local and national level. Drawing on matching experience in bid writing Andy is able to bring both sides of the procurement process to the session. Andy focuses his experience  in Education, IT, HR, Utility and employment procurement and bid process to help others generate clarity, co-ordination and better value for money on limited resources.

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 Centre but does fill up quite quickly.

Demystifying Planning – AVDC and WDC

24th May 2018, Green Park – Aston Clinton

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.

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.

Granting, Exercising and Transferring Rights of Burial

5th June 2018, Aylesbury, 10am

This one-day course, which follows on from the broader Cemetries and Crematorium course in 2017,  will look in detail at the Granting, Exercising and Transferring Rights of Burial.

Who should attend?

Clerks, Chairman of Cemetery or members of Committees responsible for cemeteries:

What will be covered?

  • Context
  • Legally compoliant Systems
  • Statutory Declarations
  • Workshop

*****Please note the course is limited to a maximum of 15 delegates

Registration and light refreshments from 9:30am.  A working lunch will be provided.  Course starts promptly at 10:00am. Parking is available at the adjacent North Waterside Pay and Display Carpark.

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.