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

Training & Events Calendar

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Zoom 101 for the Chairman

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 10:00

Objectives
This practical course will empower the chairman with the knowledge to use Zoom to chair meetings effectively and to provide support to their councillors and members of the public to during remote meeting.

Items that will be covered:

  • The role of the chairman
  • Managing the remote meeting
  • Before and at the beginning (Explaining the etiquette of online meetings to councillors and members of the public)
  • signing the minutes
  • public participation
  • disruptive behaviour
  • declarations of interest
  • confidential agenda items
  • Voting

This course will be delivered online via Zoom. Requirements for attendees: Laptop with camera.

Who should attend
This course is suitable for the council's Chairman/Mayor, Vice Chairman/Deputy Mayor as well as all chairmen of committees.

Course Tutor
Danny Moody, CEO NCALC

Cost (per person)
£38 member
£76 non-member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Zoom 101 for Clerks

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:00

Objectives
This practical course will empower clerks with the knowledge to use Zoom to schedule meetings and to provide support to their councillors and members of the public to access remote meeting.

Items that will be covered:

  • Setting up an account
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Ensuring the meeting is secure yet accessible to the public
  • Requirements for attendees
  • Supporting your councillors and members of the public to attend remote meetings
  • How to advertise the meeting to the public
  • Useful Hints and tips

This course will be delivered online via Zoom. Requirements for attendees: Laptop with camera.

Who should attend
Clerks, chairman and councillors who will be managing the Zoom account and setting up online meetings for the council.

Course Tutor
Marie Reilly, Training Manager NCALC

Cost (per person)
£38 member
£76 non-member

This course can be delivered on a 1:1 basis at a time to suit the clerk for £76

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

CILCA 2020 Day 4

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:00

Course Description

This is the accredited certificate for the Local Council Sector, designed to test basic levels of competence for the role of parish clerk. The syllabus has been designed to cover all aspects of the clerk's role and candidates are required to compile a portfolio of evidence to show they fully understand their job. Having completed the training you can then compile the portfolio of evidence that you submit in order to gain the Certificate.

Who should attend?

Anyone can undertake the Certificate in Local Council Administration. Although it is has been designed for parish and town clerks, it can be undertaken by assistant clerks, aspiring clerks, Councillors or any other person interested in local council administration. All you need is access to a helpful parish council and access to information, and guidance from NCALC on how to compile your portfolio of evidence.

There are no entry requirements, but it would be helpful if you were working for a parish or town council (either as a clerk or an assistant clerk), as you will need access to documents for your portfolio. It is possible for 'prospective' clerks to apply for the certificate.

CiLCA is an accreditation attached to the candidate, not the council. Although this accreditation has been designed for clerks, there is nothing to stop elected members registering, undertaking the training and compiling a portfolio of evidence.

Course Tutor

Philippa Page

Venue:
Northants CALC, Litchborough Business Park, Litchborough NN12 8JB
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Agendas and Minutes

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:00

Key Topics covered:

  • Preparation of the agenda, what should and should not be included?
  • Publication of the agenda; when and how?
  • Minuting meetings: what should and shouldn't be included in the minutes; the importance of accurate note taking; signing of the minutes; publication of the minutes, when and how; and the policy for preserving Parish/Town Council minutes.

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for: Clerks, Deputy Clerks and administrative staff wishing to learn about or brush up their knowledge of Parish/Town Council agendas and minutes.

Course Tutor

Marie Reilly, Training Manager Northants CALC

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Code of Conduct in Practice

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:00

Are you aware of your responsibilities as a Councillor under the Code of Conduct? If there was a planning application next door would you declare an interest? What type of interest? What if the application was down the road but opposite your good friend's house? This course will look at the practical operation of the Code of Conduct at parish and town council level and will answer all your questions as to what interests to declare and when. We will look at how the Standards regime has changed from a rules-based system to a principles-based one and we'll look at what the future might hold. The course will address practicalities such as dealing with requests for dispensations and making arrangements for Councillors who have declared an interest and need to leave the room. We'll look at the complaints process and discuss the range of sanctions that are available should a Councillor be found to be in breach of the Code. This course is suitable for all Councillors as well as clerks who are often put in the awkward position of providing advice to Councillors on their interests.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of particular interest to Councillors and clerks who are trying to do a good job and need to understand the framework within which they operate.

Course Tutor

Danny Moody, Chief Executive, Northants CALC

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Off to a Flying Start

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:30

This course is designed to help all Clerks and Councillors make an early, effective and confident start to their careers, by providing quality, constructive and participative training on the roles and responsibilities of Clerks and Councillors.

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for both Clerks and Councillors

Course Tutor

Mr Bill Robinson

Venue:
Moulton Community Centre, The Reedings, Sandy Hill Lane, Moulton NN3 7UU
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Payroll and PAYE for Clerks

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:30

Payroll and PAYE for Clerks

This is a practical session for those who administer their own payroll covering contracts, pensions, PAYE and tax.

The course will cover:

  • Contracts and pay scale
  • Using HMRC Basic PAYE tool
  • Explanation of RTI (Real Time Information)
  • Pensions
  • Reclaiming tax and tax relief
  • Calculating holiday
  • Annual appraisals

Participants will need to bring their own laptops and have the ability to download HMRC Basic PAYE Tool. (Wifi will be available)

Audience

This course is aimed at clerks or staff who administer payroll within their council.

Facilitator

Claire Tilley, an experienced clerk in business and finance administration

Cost

£55 members £110 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly