Councillor Essentials

* UPDATE April 2020 - during the Coronavirus lockdown, training sessions will be held online via Zoom. Please contact us at DALC if you need more details about how to join these meetings - it's very easy! The course content will remain the same, delivered remotely by the same trainers, and with plenty of opportunity for interaction and Q&A - but all from the comfort (and safety) of your own home/office.

Topics covered include:

  • The structure of a parish council
  • Roles within the council – councillors, chair and clerk
  • The council as an employer
  • Key legislation
  • Agenda setting, notices, summons, meetings, minutes
  • Actions outside meetings
  • Planning as a meeting item
  • Committees and sub-committees
  • Powers and duties, Section 137, General Power of Competence
  • Annual return, audit, budgeting
  • Standing Orders and Financial regulations
  • Code of Conduct.

COST: from 1st January £50 per delegate, £125 per non-member delegate

FREE for up to 3 delegates from member councils with enhanced subscription rate

COURSE TUTOR: Wendy Amis, Chief Officer, DALC

DATE, TIME and VENUE of 2020 courses:

26th Feb - DALC office, Cromford, 1800-2030.

10th Mar - Memorial Hall, Hathersage, 1800-2030

28th Apr - Repton Village Hall, 1800-2030

18th May - venue tbc, 1800-2030

16th Sep - Arkwright Hall, Holbrook, 1800-2030

24th Nov - venue tbc, 1800-2030

BOOKING PROCEDURE: Please book your place more than 2 weeks prior to the event and also ensure that you have the council's agreement when booking a place, and that you are following your council's own procedures.

All bookings by email are to be sent to Glen Ingham at

DALC will confirm all booked places with your Clerk along with detailed joining instructions.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Please note that sessions will only be run if there are sufficient bookings. Joining instructions will be sent two weeks before the event, and your booking is made as soon as we receive it (unless you are informed otherwise). Please note our cancellation policy (below).

If you wish to cancel your booking please give at least two weeks notice to avoid your Council being charged in full. In the event of any emergency on the day please telephone the office.