Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Training & Events Calendar

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Tue, 01 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Wed, 02 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Thu, 03 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Data Protection for Clerks & Officers

Thu, 03 Feb 2022 10:00

In an ever-evolving legislative landscape, it is vital that Councils ensure they have the most up-to-date understanding of their data protection and related obligations. This session walks Councils through the principles of GDPR and related legislation including PECR, what it means in practical terms and the systems and processes Councils should have in place to ensure they are working towards sustainable compliance.

Who Should Attend
Clerks and Officers who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Tue, 08 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

FULLY BOOKED - Responding to Planning Applications ***NEW***

Tue, 08 Feb 2022 19:00

Course description
This course looks at the practical element of responding to planning applications. What should and shouldn't be included in your responses. The following areas are covered:

  • Pre-application inquiries
  • The process: time scales
  • Assessing the application
  • The parish council response
  • What happens next?
  • Appeals and legal challenges

Who should attend
This course is for clerks and councillors that have previously attended Planning Nuts and Bolts or have a sound knowledge of planning policy.

Course tutor
Steve Ellis was a Planning Officer at Daventry District Council. He retired from Daventry District Council in March 2021, after nearly 13 years at the authority. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Cost per delegate
£38 Member
£76 Non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Building an effective council communications strategy ***NEW***

Wed, 09 Feb 2022 12:00

Course description
Everything should start with a strategy – and good communication is no different. To get the most from an increasing range of communications platforms and tools, it's vital that your Council has a strategy that supports the delivery of your Council's existing aims and objectives. We walk you through best practice for creating an effective communications strategy that fits with the needs and aspirations of your Council, whilst making best use of communication opportunities available to you.

Who should attend
Clerks and Councillors wishing to develop an clear and effective communications strategy

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

An intro to Employment law

Wed, 09 Feb 2022 17:00

This session will cover the following:

  • Putting a recruitment campaign together, including job adverts, application forms, interview questions and selection process.
  • Checklist for inducting a new Employee, including health and safety requirements.
  • Issuing the right contract, such as permanent, part time, fixed term / casual, zero hours and self employed.
  • Calculating holiday entitlements.
  • Managing Sickness and Sick Pay.
  • Addressing Grievance and Discipline issues.
  • Appraisals.
  • Terminating employment and notice entitlements.

Who Should Attend?

The course is for both clerks and councillors/chairmen. We would recommend that as a minimum, a representative from the council as the employer attends (i.e. a councillor).

Course Tutor

Mr Chris Moses, MD, Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd

Cost per delegate
£38 Members
£76 Non Members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Thu, 10 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Data Protection for Councillors

Fri, 11 Feb 2022 12:00

Whether you are an experienced Councillor or have only recently been elected, it is vital that you understand how data protection fits with your role as an elected member. With legislation and case law evolving, this interactive session will provide you with an opportunity to make sure you are getting the essentials right and ensure you are meeting your legal obligations as a Councillor.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at councillors to councils of all sizes

Course Tutor
Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate

£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

An Introduction to VAT

Tue, 15 Feb 2022 10:00

Session 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)
£30 members
£60 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Thu, 17 Feb 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Social Media Skills for Councillors

Wed, 23 Feb 2022 19:00

Course description
Social media offers Parish and Town Councillors as individually-elected members a fantastic opportunity to engage and communicate with their residents. Building up two-way conversations through the power of digital platforms has never been easier, but it can be tricky to get started and to know where to focus your time and effort as an individual Councillor. We walk you through the essential ways to get the most out of key social media platforms as a local Councillor, and provide top tips to engage with your residents

Who should attend
This course is aimed at councillors wishing to learn more about how to use social media

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost (per delegate)
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Creating accessible council documents and content ***NEW***

Thu, 24 Feb 2022 12:00

This session is all about the practical application of accessibility, and will provide you with a practical understanding of the application of accessibility from the perspective of a local council. We will teach you how to create accessible documents, content and multimedia for use for use throughout the work of your council. This session will review the basic principles of accessibility, and walk you through tools and techniques to ensure your council is working towards accessibility compliance.

Who Should Attend
Clerks and officers wanting to know how to make their documents and websites more accessible.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate)
£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Managing difficult people and conversations

Fri, 25 Feb 2022 12:00

Course description
Managing professional relationships effectively is important, and this is particularly true for Clerks and local council officers. Yet whether it's with other officers or with councillors, sometimes difficult situations will present themselves, and it's vital to have the skills to manage the challenges. This session for local council officers explores practical techniques and ideas to manage difficult relationships in a council environment.

Who should attend
Whilst this course is primarily aimed at clerks and council officers, councillors are also welcome to attend

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Comms

Cost (per delegate)
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

New Clerks Spring 2022 Day 1

Sat, 26 Feb 2022 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

Date & Time (delegates must attend both days)
Day 1 Saturday 26 February 2022 10:00-16:00
Day 2 Saturday 5 March 2022 10:00-16:00

Venue
Online

Course Tutor
Danny Moody

Cost per delegate
£184 members
£368 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

An Introduction to VAT

Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:00

Session 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)
£30 members
£60 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Local Council Award Scheme

Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:00

The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) is run by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). LCAS has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential.

NALC are holding an information session for Councils to find out more about the scheme:

  • Why should you apply
  • How should you apply
  • Which award level should you apply for

Facilitator

Anders Hanson, Projects Manager, Member Services - NALC

Cost

Free

Registration
Please use this link to register your place on this event https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvd-qqrDspEtCgBT3v8vCd9VX_mYYVp8ax Zoom will send you the joining instructions once you have completed the registration link

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Year-end Accounts & Audit

Thu, 03 Mar 2022 10:00

This session introduces the Annual Return and the stages of the audit process, enabling you to complete all the relevant steps correctly.

Topics include:
• Closing the accounts
• Debtors and creditors
• Assets and borrowing
• Internal audit
• Reviewing internal control
• The Annual Return
• Electors rights
• Publication requirements

By the end of this session you will:
• Be able to identify the steps needed as part of the audit process
• Understand how to close the council's accounts
• Understand how to complete the Annual Return
• Be able to correctly allow the exercise of electors' rights
• Recognise the need to review internal controls

Who should attend
For officers who want to understand how to prepare their council's Annual Governance & Accountability Return and comply with the requirements of the audit process.

Venue
Online

Cost
£30 per person (member)
£60 per person (non-member)

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.

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Building an effective council communications strategy ***NEW***

Fri, 04 Mar 2022 09:30

Course description
Everything should start with a strategy – and good communication is no different. To get the most from an increasing range of communications platforms and tools, it's vital that your Council has a strategy that supports the delivery of your Council's existing aims and objectives. We walk you through best practice for creating an effective communications strategy that fits with the needs and aspirations of your Council, whilst making best use of communication opportunities available to you.

Who should attend
Clerks and Councillors wishing to develop an clear and effective communications strategy

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

New Clerks Spring 2022 Day 2

Sat, 05 Mar 2022 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

Date & Time (delegates must attend both days)
Day 1 Saturday 26 February 2022 10:00-16:00
Day 2 Saturday 5 March 2022 10:00-16:00

Venue
Online

Course Tutor
Danny Moody

Cost per delegate
£184 members
£368 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly