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Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils
County Hall
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1UA

balc@bucksalc.gov.uk
01296 383154

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.

Current Training Courses

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. 

to book click here
 

Councillor Induction Training

Wednesday 26 April 2017 18.30 hours, West Bletchley Council Offices, 221 Whaddon Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 7DZ

Who should attend?

New councillors, councillors wishing to update their knowledge and interested new clerks
Get to know your Council, it's role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities . These roles and responsibilities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresh or reminder cannot be underestimated.

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.

To register click here


Finance Training for Councillors

Thursday 20 July 2017 18.30 hours, Shenley Brook End & Tattenhoe Parish Council Offices, 6 wimborne Crescent, Westcroft, MK4 4DE

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

Who should attend?  Councillors with responsibility for finance, members of the Finance Committee, interested parties.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 18.00 hours

To register click here

 

Annual Audit Training

Tuesday 4th April 2017, Green Park, Aston Clinton

A practical morning session, led by Mazars who are the External Auditor for 2016-17..

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.

To register click here

Councillor Induction Training

Tuesday 23 May 2017, Cedar Barn, Hazlemere

Who should attend?

New councillors, councillors wishing to update their knowledge and interested new clerks

Get to know your Council, it's role, the Clerk and of course the relationship between your Local Council and the Principal Authorities .
These roles and responsibilities can seem a little confusing at first. Even experienced members will agree that a refresh or reminder cannot be underestimated.

Registration and refreshments from 1800 HRS.

To register click here

Demystifying Planning

Monday 22 May 2017, 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.

Plenty of Free Parking

To register please click here

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 ressponsible for cemetories:
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.

To register please click here

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 aspring 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.

To register please click here

Potentials and Perisl of Digital Engagement

Wednesday 7 June 2017, The Chamber, Aylesbury Town Council

We’ve all heard about social media but what are its merits and pitfalls for local councils and councillors?
This one day interactive course will give you all the insight and tools you need to step up your involvement in digital communication, be that through emails, a website or entering the world of social media with Linked In, Facebook and Twitter.

Who should attend?

Councillors and Clerks interested in the world of responsible social media engagement

Course outline:

What is social media?
Why does it matter for local councils?
Intelligence - understanding what is being said about work you do and spotting opportunities
The role of councillors: how can they best get involved
The role of the Web master
What social media platforms and engagement techniques are being used by local authorities and town councils?
The blurring lines between professional and personal online
Opportunities to save money and harness citizen action
Protecting against mal-use and abuse.

Please note: Registration from 9.30am for 10am prompt start.
Refreshments and lunch will be served. WiFi is available, please feel free to bring laptops or smart phones.

Regrettably free parking not available, please use the public car parks nearby

To register please click here

Workshop on Common Land and Village Greens

Wednesday 14 June, Judges Lodgings, Aylesbury

The Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Association of Local Councils and the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, are providing both Clerks and Councillors a practical course, covering common land and village greens. We will cover
An introduction to common ground, village greens and the local green space designation and why they are important
Relevant legislation
How to register, manage and take action against encroachment and unlawful works
Examine the implications of the local green space designation
Exchange of ideas and good practice
Please note: Registration from 9.30am for 10am prompt start.
Refreshments and lunch will be served.
Regrettably free parking not available, please use the public car parks nearby

To register, please click here

Allotments Management Training

Tuesday 7 November, Green Park Activity 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.

To register,please click here