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Councillor Training

The 4 module Councillor course is an important course for both new councillors and longer-serving councillors seeking refresher and update sessions.

There have been many changes over recent times which impact on local councils. Council powers have increased, there is greater recognition of the role councils can play in their communities and increased pressure and demand for councils to take a lead in helping communities to become more active and self-reliant.

Councillors benefit from this course which seeks to maximise their confidence and build the role of councillors in contributing positively to the business of the council. The benefits will include the development of a deeper understanding of the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities

Helps you understand the distinct and complementary roles and responsibilities of the Clerk, Responsible Financial Officer, Chair, Councillor and the Council, the expectations on each and how they are held to account.

  • Getting things done for the local community

Helps you to know what is possible, gives you a clear understanding of the powers of the council, the options for solo or partnership activities and the optimum ways of communicating with the community and assessing and responding to community need.

  • Procedures and the law for decision-makers

Helps you to understand the legal framework for councils, distinguish law from adopted practice, avoid pitfalls which prevent you contributing positively to meetings and maximise your opportunities to be a respected and influential decision-maker, working effectively with others.

  • Working with your Clerk

Helps you to work effectively with your key (and, for many councils, only) employee, understand the relationship between the Clerk and the Chairman and other councillors, the role of the council as an employer and how councils ensure the needs of the council are met.

  • Local councils and planning

Helps you to understand how your council can best represent the interests of the community within the fast-evolving planning system, from making individual responses to planning applications to becoming a planning policy-making body.

  • Budget setting and finance

Helps you to contribute knowledgeably to the crucial and accountable function of being a good guardian of public money, confidently, openly and transparently, and develops your ability to think laterally and innovatively about expenditure and council business delivery.

Course Fees

£100 +VAT per delegate for courses held mid week

£110 +VAT per delegate for courses held on Saturday's

2 day courses include lunch

This course is offered as either a two day course or 4 evening sessions

Training dates

2 day course: Tuesday 4 & 11 April 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

2 day course: Saturday 6 & 13 May 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

4 evening sessions: Monday 5, 12, 19 & 26 June 2017 7pm - 9pm

2 day course: Saturday 1 & 8 July 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

2 day course: Wednesday 9 & 16 August 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

4 evning sessions: Wednesday 13, 20, 27 September & 4 October 2017 7pm - 9pm

2 day course: Saturday 7 & 14 October 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

2 day course: Thursday 16 & 23 November 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

2 day course: Saturday 20 & 27 January 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm

2 day course: Tuesday 20 & 27 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm

4 evening sessions: Thursday 8, 15, 22 & 29 March 2018 7pm - 9pm