Annual Conference 2017 – Early bird bookings now open!

  Dear [user:displayname | default:member], Bookings for this years conference are now open, the event will take place on the 23rd and 24th November with dinner and awards ceremony on the night of the 23rd. This is ADSO’s 8th Annual Conference and our flagship event, the planning team are working towards a varied programme looking at … Continued

Kirklees Democracy Commission draft report

The Democracy Commission was brought together by Kirklees Council to investigate what a strong and healthy local democracy should look like in Kirklees – for the next generation, and beyond. They were asked to gather evidence about local democracy and make recommendations based on what they learned. You can read the draft report here: Kirklees … Continued

Summary from ADSO London Seminar

On Friday 21 April the ADSO London Branch held its Annual Seminar at the offices of London Councils in Southwark. The event was well attended with around 60 delegates, speakers, sponsors and Committee Members present. The day was very successful with a lot of thoughtful contributions from all parties.   The day began with an … Continued

Just what we didn’t need!

Blog post for the Lawyers in Local Government weekly newsletter by ADSO Chair, John Austin.   So the Prime Minister has decided on a general election in June. How many of us saw that coming? Being recently retired and hoping never to work on another election again (thus currently not answering my phone!) my sympathies … Continued

Our response to DCLG select committee inquiry into overview and scrutiny in local government

Submission from Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee inquiry into overview and scrutiny in local government ADSO is a professional organisation established in 2009 to support those working in the democratic and governance roles within local authorities in England. We provide a range of benefits to our members, … Continued


I am pleased to advise that ADSO sponsored the annual Notwestminster event this year, for the second time. You may be familiar with the event, but they are arranged by Kirklees and provide an opportunity for those working in the sector, citizens and interested organisations and individuals to consider improvements to local democracy. Over 2 … Continued

Exciting opportunity ADSO

ADSO is currently looking for a number of additional Assessors to carry out assessments for new learners on the updated ADSO Certificate. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with ADSO and develop your skills. Assessors need to have a good knowledge of the Democratic Services sector and associated legislation and procedures, ADSO will … Continued

Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper

The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later. The White Paper, which was promised after pressure from MPs, comes after the Commons voted to allow the PM to begin the Brexit process. MPs backed the European Union Bill by 498 votes to 114 … Continued

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