A policy is a set of rules and guidelines formulated and adopted by an organisation to help it reach its long-term goals. A policy is designed to support decision making, sound management and transparency.


In this course we take a look at the policies a local council may have, the purpose of those policies, and how they work. Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and the Code of Conduct are seen as the most important documents for any council. We also look at writing a policy and we share model documents. The course explains the purpose of each of these documents.

A course for councils of any size, useful for Clerks and Councillors, it provides clarity about this key subject.

Course content


  • Background legislation –

    Local Government Act 1972, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Localism Act 2011, The Openness of Local Government Regulations 2014, Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

  • Implementing the legal requirements in your agendas, minutes, Standing Orders, FOI Publication Scheme, job descriptions, Code of Conduct interests forms, and how we run our meetings

  • The consequences of non-compliance

  • The importance of review

  • The course also includes: template documents to share, scenarios to work through and useful networking and discussion

When and Where

This course last ran in July 2017.  If you would like to add your name to the waiting list please let us know



(20% discount for NPTS subscribers)


Luisa Cantera & Julie King



This is a new course for 2017 so we don't yet have a feedback score.


Course includes refreshments, course pack and a certificate.

Clerks can gain 1 CPD point from attending this course.

Details of our booking process, payment and cancellation policy can be found on the Training page.

01603 857004


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