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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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

LGR Q&A – North Northamptonshire

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:00

After the successf of the last Q&A sessions we are organising another two online Q&A sessions for clerks and councillors to hear the latest on Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) and ask questions about the shadow unitary councils, who will run them and what they will do.

There will be two sessions – one for the North and one for the West. Delegates are asked to register for the session relevant to their council. The sessions will include a presentation, guest speakers and the opportunity for delegates to ask questions. It's an opportunity to bring yourself up to date on LGR and find out what the immediate future holds. These sessions are free to attend and will run for an absolute maximum of two hours.

The details are:

LGR Q&A – North Northamptonshire
When: Monday 14 September 2020 11:00 a.m. – 13:00.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uf-upqDMiG9W9Tof33alscN6vYK8cUK5B

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

Marie Reilly

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

LGR Q&A – West Northamptonshire

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00

After the success of the last Q&A sessions we are organising another two online Q&A sessions for clerks and councillors to hear the latest on Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) and ask questions about the shadow unitary councils, who will run them and what they will do.

There will be two sessions – one for the North and one for the West. Delegates are asked to register for the session relevant to their council. The sessions will include a presentation, guest speakers and the opportunity for delegates to ask questions. It's an opportunity to bring yourself up to date on LGR and find out what the immediate future holds. These sessions are free to attend and will run for an absolute maximum of two hours.

The details are:

LGR Q&A – West Northamptonshire
When: Friday 18 September 2020 11:00 a.m. – 13:00.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOGqpjgpH9QdGGKOWTSMEGLXKJzCGNyG

Venue:
Online
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

Website Accessibility Q&A

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:00

New regulations come into force on 23 September 2020. The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 require public sector bodies, including parish and town councils, to ensure reasonable adjustments are made to websites so they are accessible to people with various disabilities, including impaired vision and learning disabilities.

Those of you with 2Commune web sites may have seen a pop-up banner recently about the new regulations that refers to a guide to website accessibility produced by National Association of Local Councils (NALC). You can find a copy at https://www.northantscalc.com/uploads/website-accessibility-requirements-17.pdf.

We've been giving information out to member councils on the new regs since September 2018, so hopefully everyone is prepared! However, we don't want anyone to be unduly worried about the new requirements, so we are holding a Website Accessibility Q&A at 10:00 a.m. on Monday 21 September 2020.

It's free of charge to attend and is aimed at anyone who is completely befuddled by the whole thing and just needs simple, clear, concise advice! To book simply email Marie Reilly at mreilly@northantscalc.com, and feel free to include any questions – however silly – that you would like answered during the session.

Our recommendation is that no council should be incurring great additional expense in achieving compliance with the regulations. We've heard of unscrupulous companies offering "accessibility audits" and "upgrading" of web sites for thousands of pounds and threatening councils that they will be in trouble if they don't comply by 23 September. That is all complete nonsense. A sensible, pragmatic approach is all that's required, so please don't get frightened into spending huge money on this.

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

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

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
£30 Member
£60 Non Member

Venue:
Online
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
£30 Members
£60 Non Members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

73rd Annual Conference and AGM

Sat, 03 Oct 2020 10:00