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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CILCA 2020 Day 6

Thu, 03 Sep 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

Cemetery Management and Compliance

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:00

This one-day course covers the lists below and deals with 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.

Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977

  • General powers of management
  • Compliance
  • Registers and records
  • Granting and extending rights
  • New income streams
  • Consent
  • Avoiding disputes

Burials - Depth & Shallow graves
Administrative Processes - Getting it right, Certificates & Problems and solutions

Grave digging

  • Right grave / wrong grave !
  • Checking procedures
  • Preparations
  • Mourners backfilling
  • Mourners carrying coffins
  • Uncoffined burial

Memorials

  • Unstable memorials? How to avoid this and reduce costs
  • Responsibilities
  • BS8415 / BRAMM Blue Book / NAMM Code
  • Inspections

Creating Burial Space

  • Extending the viability of cemeteries
  • Reclamation and reuse of graves – Using the law – Statutory and Church

Exhumation - Law and practice & Registration

Transferring Burial Rights overview/refresher

  • Lawful process – getting it right
  • Avoiding disputes and errors
  • Legal documents

Who Should Attend?

The course is tailored to the needs of Clerks, some of whom are part time employees, that rely on funeral directors and grave diggers not in the direct control of the authority.

Course Tutor

David McCarthy, Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management

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

New Clerks (Day 1 of 2)

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 10:00

This course provides a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of a town or parish clerk. This course is a must for newly-appointed clerks, or clerks who feel they could benefit from some formal training.

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for clerks and aspiring clerks

Course Tutor

Mr. Danny Moody

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Off to a Flying Start

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:00

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

New Clerks (Day 2 of 2)

Sat, 19 Sep 2020 10:00

This course provides a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of a town or parish clerk. This course is a must for newly-appointed clerks, or clerks who feel they could benefit from some formal training.

Who Should Attend?

Suitable for clerks and aspiring clerks

Course Tutor

Mr. Danny Moody

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting and Financial Control

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:00

Session overview:

This session is aimed at those involved in preparing, approving and monitoring budgets, as well as those involved in the day to day financial management of a council. Topics include:

  • setting a budget and precept
  • using spreadsheets
  • Inflation
  • Contingencies and reserves
  • how the council tax base affects the budget
  • budget monitoring
  • Financial management
  • Internal control

Session benefits:

By the end of this session you will:

  • Understand how and when to prepare a budget
  • Know how to approve and issue a precept
  • Be aware of the factors that affect a budget
  • Understand how to manage a budget
  • Be aware of the need for internal controls

Who Should Attend?
A must attend course for Officers that have financial matters as part of their role and other officers with an interest in finance.

Course Tutor
Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Cost per delegate
£55 Member
£110 Non Member

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

Finance for Councillors

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 14:00

Session overview:

This session is designed to give councillors a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances. Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • How VAT applies to local councils
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:

By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

  • Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Understand how VAT law applies to your council
  • Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls

Who should attend?
All councillors

Course Tutor
Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Cost per delegate
£38 Members
£76 Non Members

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