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Wed, 01 Nov 2017

Clerks Workshop: Bookkeeping, Annual Return, Audit & Precept

Wed, 01 Nov 2017

Leadership Skills

Wed, 08 Nov 2017

Leadership Skills

Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Leadership Skills

Thu, 16 Nov 2017

Councillor Course

Tue, 21 Nov 2017

Clerks Introductory Session

Wed, 22 Nov 2017

Leadership Skills

Thu, 23 Nov 2017

Councillor Course

Tue, 28 Nov 2017

Recommended for: Anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

Session overview:

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:

  • EU procurement thresholds
  • Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Estimates, quotes and tenders
  • Producing a specification
  • Quality and value for money
  • Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:

By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:

  • Be aware of EU procurement thresholds
  • Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
  • Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
  • Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Session leader: 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.

SALC carefully selects speakers at its events in the belief that they will present accurate, reliable and appropriate information and views. Unless specifically stated, SALC does not necessarily endorse, approve, guarantee or certify the accuracy, reliability, appropriateness or other aspect of the information and views of speakers. Any opinions provided by the speaker do not necessarily represent the views of SALC or its members. Reference to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trade mark or otherwise does not imply or constitute an endorsement, recommendation or other support from SALC or its members.

Tue, 28 Nov 2017

Recommended for: All councillors

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

Session leader: 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.

SALC carefully selects speakers at its events in the belief that they will present accurate, reliable and appropriate information and views. Unless specifically stated, SALC does not necessarily endorse, approve, guarantee or certify the accuracy, reliability, appropriateness or other aspect of the information and views of speakers. Any opinions provided by the speaker do not necessarily represent the views of SALC or its members. Reference to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trade mark or otherwise does not imply or constitute an endorsement, recommendation or other support from SALC or its members.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Recommended for: Officers that have financial matters as part of their role, or that have an interest in finance.

Session overview:

This session is designed to give practitioners a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances, with practical exercises to help you understand. Topics include:

  • legislation and the national Governance and Accountability Guidance
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • Borrowing
  • VAT for local councils
  • Accounting for assets
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:

By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

  • Understand the council's and the RFO's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Understand how a council raises and manages money
  • Know how VAT law applies to your council
  • Understand how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls

Session leader: 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.

SALC carefully selects speakers at its events in the belief that they will present accurate, reliable and appropriate information and views. Unless specifically stated, SALC does not necessarily endorse, approve, guarantee or certify the accuracy, reliability, appropriateness or other aspect of the information and views of speakers. Any opinions provided by the speaker do not necessarily represent the views of SALC or its members. Reference to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trade mark or otherwise does not imply or constitute an endorsement, recommendation or other support from SALC or its members.

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Intensive CiLCA Course