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10 am -3 pm includes a light lunch and refreshments

Full day course for Councillors

Understanding how Parish and Town Councils work and your role and responsibilities is not easy, particularly if you are new to local government. This induction course explains the legal framework giving you the confidence to take a full part in your Council and make a difference in your local area. 


Friday, 20 September 2024


The Costessey Centre NR8 5AH


Sara Campbell


£52 for subscribers | £65 for non-subscribers

Course content

Understanding local government and how parish and town councils fit into the bigger picture

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of key people on the council

Guardian of the public purse: Finance, budget setting and the precept

Powers and duties available

What to expect from meetings

A look at standing orders and other key documents

Employing staff

Understanding the code of conduct and declaration of interests

The council’s role in planning consultations

By the end of this induction course 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/staff member, employer

Understand the legislative and regulatory framework for councils, which will help you stick to the rules

Understand more about meetings, protocols and the importance of good governance

This course is recommended for all councillors who are either new to the role or would like to update their understanding.


We'll send you details shortly before the course by email.

The average satisfaction rating for our induction courses held in 2023: 99%

Comments from recent induction courses:

I thought you presented the material, some intrinsically interesting, some intrinsically a tad dry, with panache and just the right touch of informality. You set us all up to ask questions and comment from the start, in a way which was apparently effortless but which I know required much skill as well as experience. And then you kept us all engaged for the day. Well done.

Very good. I came expecting boredom, but really enjoyed the course. Well run!

Thank you for a most enjoyable day. Your knowledge and patience especially with all the questioning
(which you must have heard so many times before!) was a credit to you. I now feel better informed for my next parish meeting.

Very insightful, it's given me lots to take back and a good springboard to work from, thank you.

Very good training for both a novice and a more established councillor. I have gained a lot out of today, thank you.

Excellent, very informative, well paced with good opportunity for questions and helpful use of examples and handouts provided for future reference.

A must for all new councillors and clerks.

Well organised. A must for new councillors.

Very enjoyable and well-run, thank you.

Useful on format/admin and powers and duties.

Very professionally presented with clear speech and thoughtful answers to any questions we raised.

Excellent session. The tutor did a great job in going through very useful information in a clear and straightforward way.


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