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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

£103 +VAT per delegate for courses held mid week

£113 +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

Weekday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Wed 23 & 30 May 2018

Tues 14 & 21 August 2018

Thurs 8 & 15 November 2018

Thurs 7 & 14 February 2019

Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm

Sat 21 & 28 April 2018

Sat 14 & 21 July 2018

Sat 27 October & 3 November 2018

Sat 26 January & 2 February 2019

Evening 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Wed 19, 26 September & 3, 10 October 2018

Thurs 21, 28 February & 7, 14 March 2019