Mar
22
Fri
ADSO training course – “Standards and Ethics”(Leicester City Council) **fully booked** @ Leicester City Council Town Hall
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This one-day course will cover the current legal framework for ethics and standards within local authorities, including:

  • councillor codes of conduct
  • member complaints procedures and investigations
  • the roles of the Monitoring Officer and Deputy (including Democratic Services) plus the Independent Person
  • members interests, dispensations and rules on participation in meetings
  • predetermination and bias

The course will also focus on the recently launched report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the many recommendations within that report.

There will be a good mix of information giving, inter-action through group discussions and scenarios plus plenty of opportunities to ask questions and exchange information/good practice.

 

Mar
26
Tue
ADSO training course – “Standards and Ethics”(LB Brent) **fully booked** @ Brent Civic Centre
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This one-day course will cover the current legal framework for ethics and standards within local authorities, including:

  • councillor codes of conduct
  • member complaints procedures and investigations
  • the roles of the Monitoring Officer and Deputy (including Democratic Services) plus the Independent Person
  • members interests, dispensations and rules on participation in meetings
  • predetermination and bias

The course will also focus on the recently launched report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the many recommendations within that report.

There will be a good mix of information giving, inter-action through group discussions and scenarios plus plenty of opportunities to ask questions and exchange information/good practice.

 

Mar
29
Fri
ADSO training course – “Structures and Functions” (Nottingham City Council) @ Assembly Hall, Nottingham City Council
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Target Audience: This course is aimed at inexperienced staff who want to gain a greater understanding of the workings of Council and the governance arrangements of Local Authorities. It is also directly relevant for learners undertaking the Certificate in Democratic Practice.

 

The workshop will include discussions around the following topics:

  • The Council meeting and its role
  • Governance options and arrangements
  • Executive Arrangements – their form
  • Executive Arrangements – functions and decisions
  • Committee System
  • Governance changes and decisions
  • Governance in the UK
  • Evaluation of Executive arrangements and the Committee system
  • Conclusions, Feedback and Action Planning

Booking Information:

To book a place on the course, please email: Adso.training@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name and contact details (email and telephone)
  • Job title and Local Authority
  • Date and venue of course 
  • ADSO member yes/no?
  • Additional requirements (dietary etc)
  • Purchase order number (please note that we do not accept bookings without a purchase order number)

 

Joining instructions will be sent to you once your booking has been confirmed.

Apr
12
Fri
London Branch – Regional Meeting @ To Be Confirmed
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Jul
5
Fri
ADSO London Branch – Summer Seminar 2019 @ London Councils
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The ADSO London Branch Summer Seminar will take place on Friday 5th July 2019 9.30am – 2.30pm at London Councils, 59½ Southwark Street, SE1 0AL

This year the branch are focussing on the challenges faced by Local Government and we will be hearing from Chief Execs, Councillors and Democratic Services Managers.

There will also be some facilitated workshops covering the following areas:

Governance Reviews – What is the Point?
Setting Boundaries – Personal Resilience for Managing Professional Challenges
Being a Councillor – what the challenges are and what I need from Democratic Services?

The London Branch AGM will take place at 12.30pm, followed by a networking lunch.

Registration from 9.30am for a start at 10am.

Jul
10
Wed
ADSO training course – “Just a minute”(Tamworth) **FULLY BOOKED** @ Tamworth Borough Council
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Target Audience:

This course is aimed at delegates who are new to taking minutes at meetings and/ or those who wish to refresh their skills in this area.

Workshop topics:

  • The purpose of minutes
  • The art of writing a minute
  • Practical minute writing exercise
  • Plain English – putting into practice
  • The law relating to minutes
  • Minutes for different types of meetings
  • Case studies and surgery
  • Learning points and action planning
Jul
19
Fri
ADSO training course – “Just a minute”(LB Wandsworth) **FULLY BOOKED** @ LB Wandsworth Town Hall Extension,
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Target Audience:

This course is aimed at delegates who are new to taking minutes at meetings and/ or those who wish to refresh their skills in this area.

Workshop topics:

  • The purpose of minutes
  • The art of writing a minute
  • Practical minute writing exercise
  • Plain English – putting into practice
  • The law relating to minutes
  • Minutes for different types of meetings
  • Case studies and surgery
  • Learning points and action planning

 

Sep
13
Fri
ADSO training course – “Law and Practice”(RB Kensington and Chelsea) **FULLY BOOKED** @ RB Kensington and Chelsea
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Target Audience:

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legislation underpinning the current decision-making process. The content is linked to the Law and Practice module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help current learners with their research for this module.

Workshop topics:

  • Meetings and their legal framework starting with the Local Government Act 1972
  • Discussion on the Local Government Act 1985 and Local Government and Housing Act 1989
  • Local Government Act 2000 – What did this mean for Local Authorities? What was new?
  • Case Studies and feedback – Applying legislation to the democratic process
  • Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 – What changes to the decision making framework did this Act require?
  • Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 Case Studies and feedback – Interpreting and applying legislation
  • Localism Act 2011 – What new opportunities did this Act bring for Local Authorities?
  • 2012, 2014 and 2015 – Discussion regarding most recent legislation including Executive Arrangements 2012, Health and Social Care Act, 2012 and Openness Regulations 2014
  • Surgery – Opportunity to raise any questions / discussions or issues with the group

 

Sep
19
Thu
ADSO training course – “Law and Practice”(Wigan) **FULLY BOOKED** @ Wigan Council
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Target Audience:

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legislation underpinning the current decision-making process. The content is linked to the Law and Practice module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help current learners with their research for this module.

Workshop topics:

  • Meetings and their legal framework starting with the Local Government Act 1972
  • Discussion on the Local Government Act 1985 and Local Government and Housing Act 1989
  • Local Government Act 2000 – What did this mean for Local Authorities? What was new?
  • Case Studies and feedback – Applying legislation to the democratic process
  • Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 – What changes to the decision making framework did this Act require?
  • Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 Case Studies and feedback – Interpreting and applying legislation
  • Localism Act 2011 – What new opportunities did this Act bring for Local Authorities?
  • 2012, 2014 and 2015 – Discussion regarding most recent legislation including Executive Arrangements 2012, Health and Social Care Act, 2012 and Openness Regulations 2014
  • Surgery – Opportunity to raise any questions / discussions or issues with the group

Booking Information:

 

Sep
27
Fri
North West – Regional meeting @ Lancaster City Council
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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