Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

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Leadership in the Community

Mon, 26 Apr 2021 18:30

This course follows on from our Chairmanship course and is designed to help delegates explore the skills needed to be an effective community leader, including developing awareness of different styles of leadership, looking at the key issues of the day affecting all councils, how to build a strategic vision for the community, the importance of good communication within the council and with the community, and how to get the whole council working as a team.

Who should attend
The course is suitable for chairmen/mayors, vice chairman/deputy mayors and other leading councillors.

Course Tutor

Danny Moody, CEO Northants CALC

Cost (per person)

£44 member
£88 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

COVID 19 - Getting your employees back to the workplace

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:00

Course outline:

  • The current situation at the time of the session (including an update regarding the continuation, or otherwise, of virtual meetings) and the government rules regarding requiring staff to attend a place of work.
  • The key stages of the government's road map, including dates, and the criteria which need to be met to move to the next stage.
  • Making the office covid secure – what steps need to be taken before staff can be instructed back in to the work place (and if they have already returned).
  • Making meetings "covid secure" – what employee considerations and safety steps are needed?
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable staff – what is the situation with staff who fall in this category requiring them to return to the workplace.
  • Vaccinations – can we ask staff if they have had them and is it better to wait until an employee is vaccinated before asking them back to the workplace?
  • Refusal to return – how to manage staff who are reluctant or are refusing to return.
  • Mixed working – the considerations to address with staff requesting a blend of home and office working, can the employer refuse or do they have to consider if the person is in effect making a flexible working request?
  • Tax allowances – should employers give an allowance for home working, what tax allowances can be applied?
  • Workstation assessments – are these needed if an employee is going to continue working from home?

Who should attend
This session is intended for clerks with supervision responsibilities and councillors representing the council as the employer

Course Tutor

Chris Moses, Personnel Advice & Solutions

Cost per delegate
£30 members
£60 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Community infrastructure Levy (CIL) and S106

Wed, 28 Apr 2021 18:30

Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy – a session for Parish/Town Councillors covering the existing Section 106 agreements regime and providing an introduction to the Community Infrastructure Levy. The training will include a section of ensuring that the requests for financial and other contributions that Parish and Town Councils submit are as persuasive as they can be.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge which helps to deliver infrastructure in an area to support local development. West Northamptonshire Local Authorities (Northampton, Daventry and South Northamptonshire) have adopted CIL and North Northamptonshire Councils are still considering whether to adopt this charge.

The Localism Act 2011 amended the CIL regulations to ensure that a 'meaningful proportion' of this charge would be directed to those areas where development occurs. This has resulted in Town and Parish Council's receiving payments which they can decide how it will be spent on local infrastructure.

This workshop will;

  • Inform you what CIL is, what the charging regime is for West Northamptonshire Councils and how the charge is applied and collected
  • Examine exemptions from CIL and what this means for Town and Parish Councils
  • Explain how CIL sits alongside site specific Developer Contributions (s106 agreements)
  • Describe what CIL can be spent on by the 'collecting authority' (Regulation 123 list) and how Town and Parish Councils can spend their payments and explain the difference in payments if you have a Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Explain what the reporting requirements of CIL are for Town and Parish Councils
  • Provide case studies of what CIL payments may represent for different areas with and without a Neighbourhood Plan

Who should attend
Suitable for Clerks and Councillors

Course Tutor

Lance Wiggins, Lance Wiggins, Associate Director, Landmark Planning Ltd

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

POSTPONED Appraisal Skills

Wed, 05 May 2021 10:00

This 90 minute seminar will cover all of the practical aspects regarding Appraisals for Town and Parish Councils including:

1 Establishing what are the Council's reasons for conducting appraisals and how they can benefit the Council

2 Getting the workforce onboard and explaining the benefits of an effective appraisal

3 Ensuring confidentiality of appraisal information within the Council

4 Producing effective action plans that are implementable, cost effective and benefit the Employee as well as the Council.

Who should attend
Those who will be completing appraisals of Council staff

Course Tutor

Chris Moses, Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

CiLCA Day 3 - Group 1

Tue, 11 May 2021 09:30

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is a Level 3 accredited and recognised qualification for the Local Council Sector, designed to test basic levels of competence for the role of parish clerk. CiLCA has been designed to cover all aspects of the clerk's role and learners are required to compile a portfolio of evidence to show they fully understand their job.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

CiLCA Day 3 - Group 2

Wed, 19 May 2021 12:30

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is a Level 3 accredited and recognised qualification for the Local Council Sector, designed to test basic levels of competence for the role of parish clerk. CiLCA has been designed to cover all aspects of the clerk's role and learners are required to compile a portfolio of evidence to show they fully understand their job.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly