What You Need To Know (Part 1 of 2)


This informal two part, small-group course gives new and inexperienced officers an introduction to some of the key aspects of the role, and highlights many support mechanisms and signposts for further information. Just bring yourself and any questions you may already have! Topics include introduction to legislation, things to do before, during and after meetings, sharing initial experiences, problem-solving and trouble shooting, signposts and support and recommended publications.

You must also book Part 2 in conjunction with this event

Session overview:

This session is informal and we welcome delegates to bring their own questions to be answered, in addition to this some of the key topics that will be covered are:

  • Setting the context of local councils, both nationally and locally
  • The ALC, and where it fits in for councils and officers
  • Powers and duties of a local council (defining duties and powers and looking as some of the specific powers in more detail, for example, The Local Government Act 1972, s.137 and the General Power of Competence)
  • Meetings and decision-making (thinking about the cycle of meetings, managing their administration with councillors and considering the agenda, meeting and minutes)

Session Leaders:

Dawn Hamblet & Amy Taylor

  • The price includes refreshments, session notes and a copy of The Local Council Clerk’s Guide by Paul Claden.
  • Submission of a booking request will amount to your acceptance of the LCPD Training & Events Terms & Conditions.

In-house training:

'What you need to Know' can be provided in-house, which is a cost-effective approach if you have a number of people who require training. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We will also tailor the course content to suit your precise organisation needs.
To find out more about LCPD in-house training, please see our In-House Training webpage or to speak us about your particular requirements please contact

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Remaining Places: 7 out of 12

Start Date: 10 November 2020 10:30-12:30

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Suitable Audience: Officers. We recommend that senior officers attend this session as soon as possible after appointment; however it is useful to anyone who has been in post for less than a year.

Member Price: £42.50

Non-Member: £59.50

Balc Price: £47.81