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The Knowledge & Core Skills (Parts 1 & 2)

Aims:

This session is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at parish and town councils and the roles and responsibilities of being a councillor.

Course overview:

'The Knowledge' session is designed to be an introduction to being a councillor. It will give you the knowledge and signposts to further information to enable you to be more effective in your role. Topics include the context and role of parish or town councils and that of its councillors, the legal and regulatory framework, meetings and procedures, council services and assets, community engagement/action and tools for you to use, including a jargon buster and sources of further information.

The 'Core Skills' session is designed to build upon the information learned in 'The Knowledge' session, by developing the skills needed to be an effective parish or town councillor.

This session is designed to provide a thought-provoking look at parish and town councils and the roles and responsibilities of being a councillor. The session is fun and interactive, with not a Powerpoint slide in sight! It aims to give councillors improved confidence in engaging in local democracy and highlight areas in which they might wish to learn more. Topics covered include meeting structure and protocol, allocating resources, local council powers and duties, jargon, planning and code of conduct.

Course benefits:

By the end of The Knowledge, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of your role as a councillor and the context in which you operate
  • Know the rules of what you must, or must not do, as a council, councillor, employer and financial manager
  • Understand the legislative and regulatory framework for councils, which will help you stick to the rules
  • understand more about the structure of meetings and the protocols observed by councils
  • Know more about the role of the councillor as a representative and the two-way communication process between councils and residents
  • Have a toolkit to help you with being an effective councillor

By the end of Core Skills session, you will:

  • understand more about the structure of meetings and the protocols observed by councils
  • understand the role of councillor as ‘guardian of the public purse’
  • know the importance of, and the difference between, local council powers and duties
  • understand the implications of the council’s role as an employer
  • Be confidence in identifying when the council is best placed to make a decision, and when further research or support from another organisation is needed
  • know more about the role of the councillor as a representative and the two-way communication process between councils and residents

Course leaders:

Jon Brown and Amy Taylor

In-house Training:

Local Council Finance 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 Sue Ramage.

You might also be interested in:

  • Councillor Development: Chairing Skills

Remaining Places: Full

Start Date: 14 November 2018 10.00-15.00

Location:Room 11/12/13, Eastleigh Borough Council, Floor 1, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street Eastleigh Hampshire SO50 9FD


Remaining Places: 5 out of 16

Start Date: 13 February 2019 10.00-15.00

Location:Room 11/12/13, Eastleigh Borough Council, Floor 1, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street Eastleigh Hampshire SO50 9FD


Suitable Audience: New councillors or those that would like a refresher in the key aspects of being a parish or town councillor.

Member Price: £95

Non-Member: £152