Understanding Your Parish or Town Council

Understanding Your Parish or Town Council

This full day briefing covers both of the two part essential training sessions for new Councillors, Clerks and Council Officers.

It is also suitable refresher for seasoned Councillors.

    • Morning session: Understanding Finance, Planning and Community
    • Afternoon session: Understanding Council Meetings and the Law

Event date Sat 21 Mar 2020 9:30 am
Event Ends Sat 21 Mar 2020 4:30 pm
Registered 20
Registration closes Mon 16 Mar 2020 8:00 am
Notes £46 to Member Councils
Speaker Gill Lungley & Bill Robinson
Location Baddesley Ensor Village Hall

9.00am - 9.30am


and refreshments

9.30am - 12.45pm

Finance, Planning and Community

  • Preparing a business strategy
  • Setting a Budget
  • Influences and pressures on the precept
  • Managing resources
  • Three elements of audit and the Councillors' roles
  • The Transparency Code for the different size councils.
  • Grants available for the smaller councils to help with transparency
  • The role of Internal Checker
  • The Independent Auditor - appointment and responsibilities
  • The audit regime for 2018/19
  • An overview of the planning process
  • Working with the community, volunteer involvement and obtaining a remit for projects

12.45 pm - 1.15 pm


A cold buffet lunch will be provided

1.15 pm - 4.30 pm

Council Meetings and the Law

  • Who does what
  • The skills a Councillor needs to develop
  • Section 137 and General Power of Competence
  • Employment responsibilities of a Parish Council
  • Agendas, minutes, the Nolan Principles and the Code of Conduct, Pecuniary Interests and recording of meetings


3 CPD Points

Record of attendance at training events is required when applying for the Local Council Awards Scheme


£46.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non-members £92.00

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

  • Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
  • Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
  • Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
  • Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 7 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

Please read

Full terms and conditions of registration


the venue has plenty of free parking spaces


Gill Lungley

Gill holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, and started working for parish councils in 1991 and gaining the Cert. HE Local Policy Studies from Cheltenham and Gloucester in 1995 and a BTec in similar subject from Worcester College. Then, because Gill loves the subject and wanted to share it with a wider audience she took the PTLLS qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) in 2009.

Bill Robinson

Bill has been involved in local government for twenty five years and has been Clerk to Stockton Parish Council for the last fourteen years. Prior to that he was a parish councillor.

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