Northamptonshire County
Association of Local Councils

Empowering Parish and Town Councils

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CEO: Danny Moody
6 Litchborough Business Park
Northampton Road
Litchborough, Northampton
NN12 8JB

Tel: 01327 831482


Do you shudder when you receive an e-mail with the subject line "FOI Request"? Maybe it's the first FOI request you've ever dealt with and you don't know where to even begin? And what about data protection? Are you sure all the personal and confidential information your council holds is secure? What about your councillors – are they also aware of their data protection responsibilities? It is easy to become frightened of FOI and data protection and put it to one side in the "too difficult" pile, but as the council's Information Officer all Clerks have a statutory duty to have a working knowledge of the rules and be able to apply them. Help is at hand! Northants CALC has commissioned an expert in the field who will show you how to deal with requests for information, how to apply exemptions and exceptions and when it matters which legislation you use. The trainer will also take you through how to deal with vexatious requests, and practical exercises will help you to gain confidence and knowledge when faced with tricky requests. There will also be an overview of the proposed changes to data protection which will become the Data Protection Act 2018.

Topics covered during the course will include

  • What is personal data?
  • The new "six principles of data protection"
  • How to recognise "sensitive" personal data
  • Data security
  • Dealing with subject access requests
  • The Freedom of Information Act and how it has changed the way we work
  • Exemptions and how to apply them
  • The public interest test
  • Environmental Information Regulations
  • Exceptions and how to apply them
  • Vexatious requests
  • Transparency

The tutor is a solicitor who has been involved with Freedom of Information since the beginning and has had responsibility for compliance with information legislation at both district and unitary councils.

This course is aimed at Clerks to all sizes of council and will also be useful for councillors who need to know the compliance standards expected of parish and town councils.

Book now and take a load off your mind. Your journey towards FOI/data protection enlightenment starts here!

"Very informative, good training", "Very important points clarified", "Very good course – would be helpful for councillors too"

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for both Clerks and Councillors

Date & Time

Thursday 1 June 2017

10.00am to 2.30pm


Litchborough Village Hall, Manor Farm Close, Litchborough NN12 8JB

Course Tutor

Elizabeth Howlett, Solicitior EJH Legal


£75 - Members

£150 - Non Members

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