Help with council meeting procedures

I hope you are enjoying some good weather. I have posted a request on the members’ forum for good flowcharts for council meeting procedures such as amendments, motions, call-ins etc. This is to support ADSO’s work with a local authority. If you think you have any that you can share, please either post them on … Continued

Election over…….

I hope those of you who worked on the election last week had a good day and that you have recovered. Once again, the electorate has thrown up another surprise and we are in for very interesting times  in the coming months. For the first time for many years, I was able to sit back … Continued

Happy Bank Holiday!

I hope you all enjoyed a good bank holiday weekend. I’ve had two very pleasant days walking the Lancashire countryside. This week saw the The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) Annual Conference get underway, our Vice Chair Dave Burn is representing ADSO at the event, you can keep updated with the program via our twitter … Continued

Annual conference ideas still welcomed!

Thanks again to those who have sent in their ideas for workshops and facilitated discussions for the conference, we have had some great suggestions. The programme is currently in draft stage so it’s still not too late to make suggestions. Please send to We hope to open up for bookings in early July and … Continued

What are you views on Metro Mayors?

Thanks to those who have sent in their suggestions for workshops or facilitated discussions for conference in November. We will be considering all of them shortly. Please keep them coming in. I am pleased to say that we now have enough delegates for the scrutiny training course to take place in Stoke later this month. … Continued

Annual Conference ideas welcome!

I hope you got through the elections okay. A quick catch of breath and then on to the general election in June. Some of us have more important events on our mind – the ADSO Annual Conference! We are busy planning the event over 23 & 24 November in Nottingham. It’s important that we develop … Continued

Good luck with elections this week!

I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend. There are elections taking part in most of the country this week, so best of luck to those working or supporting the elections. I know many will have to do this again on the 8th June, not ideal i know, but have a read of my … Continued

Hope you had a good Easter break!

I hope you all enjoyed some good weather over the long Easter weekend. On behalf of ADSO, I was asked by Lawyers in Local Government to write a short blog about the recently announced General Election for their own weekly bulletin. This is on the ADSO website here. I was really pleased that we were … Continued