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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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

Planning Nuts and Bolts

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:00

Description
An introductory training session for Parish/Town Councillors and Clerks covering the basic principles of planning including policy, applications, appeals and enforcement. This two hour session will also include tips on increasing the effectiveness of the responses that Parish and Town Councils send through to local planning authorities and the opportunity to ask questions of an experienced planning consultant who has worked for local Councils, a volume house builder and a planning consultancy.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for both Clerks and Councillors

Course Tutor
Lance Wiggins, Associate Director, Landmark Planning Ltd

Cost (per delegate)
£38 members
£76 Non Members

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

Agendas and Minutes

Thu, 15 Oct 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

In Introduction to VAT

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:00

ession overview:

Topics covered will include:-

  • Legislation and guidance
  • Making supplies of goods and services
  • VAT Registration
  • Recovering VAT on purchases
  • Partial exemption and opting to tax
  • Using grants and donations

Session benefits:

An Introduction to VAT will:

  • give an overview of the relevant legislation and guidance
  • explain key concepts of VAT
  • outline the processes involved
  • highlight common problem areas
  • provide signposting to more detailed guidance

Who Should Attend?
RFOs, Clerks, finance staff, councillors on the finance committee and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.

Course Tutor
Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Cost (per delegate)
£55 members
£110 non members

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