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ONLINE Introduction to VAT for Local Councils

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 10:00

Click course title for more details.

Early booking strongly recommended as these 90-minute courses, run by the Parkinson Partnership, are being offered nationwide, so places are subject to availability.

Delegate fee: £30

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking Via DALC Office

Finance for Councillors

Tue, 05 Jul 2022 10:00

This session is for councillors only and is designed to give them a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances. This session is for councillors who work during the day. Please only book an evening session if you cannot attend a daytime event.

Topics include:
• Roles and responsibilities
• setting a budget and precept
• Financial control
• The Annual Governance & Accountability Return
• Internal and external audit
• How VAT applies to local councils

By the end of the session you will:
• Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
• Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
• Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
• Recognise the importance of internal controls
• Understand how VAT law applies to your council

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years' experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office: training@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

Dealing with difficult people

Thu, 07 Jul 2022 09:30

This interactive half-day session will explore a range of strategies for dealing with challenging behaviours in meeting and outside, from authority figures to the local public... understanding why they are being difficult and what can you do. There will be plenty of time to discussion your own examples/real world situations and to share approaches/best practice.

Introduction: Understanding
• What is a difficult person?
• What are the causes of difficult behaviour?
• Self-awareness and impact: How we might create (or perpetuate) our own difficult people!

In the Moment: Handling Spontaneous Situations
• Managing your own emotions: Recognising trigger points and strategies to stay in control.
• Strategies to manage emotions in others.

Longer Term: Handling Difficult Relationships
• Types of 'Difficult' People
• Quick guide to resolving issues

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Book via Book When

VAT for unregistered councils (VAT126)

Thu, 07 Jul 2022 10:00

For clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are not VAT registered, but reclaim VAT on Form VAT126.

This session explains how VAT affects local councils. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Topics include:
• how VAT law applies to local councils
• where to find the law and guidance
• business and non-business activities
• understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
• when a council must register for VAT
• when VAT can be reclaimed
• Partial exemption
• Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

By the end of this session you will:
• Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
• Understand the key concepts of VAT
• Know when a council can or can't reclaim VAT
• Recognise when a council must register for VAT
• Be aware of activities that require special attention

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years' experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office: training@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

ONLINE: Contracts and procurement

Tue, 12 Jul 2022 10:00

For anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:
• Procurement thresholds
• Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Estimates, quotes and tenders
• Specifications
• Quality and value for money
• Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:
By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:
• Be aware of procurement thresholds
• Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
• Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
• Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with over 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office: training@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

Creating accessible council documents and content across different media

Tue, 12 Jul 2022 10:00

This session is all about the practical application of accessibility, and will provide you with an understanding of the application of accessibility from the perspective of a local council. We will explore how to create accessible documents, content and multimedia for use throughout the work of your council - whether in print or digital, your website or social media. This session will review the basic principles of accessibility, and walk you through tools and techniques to ensure your council is working towards accessibility compliance.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Book via Book When

How local councils can develop sustainable community engagement

Wed, 13 Jul 2022 18:00

This session will enable your council to explore practical and effective ways to sustainably find out what really matters to your community. Discover the tools, strategies and techniques needed to better promote your council's own messages and priorities as well as being able to better respond and engage with what the local community has to say.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Book via Book When

ONLINE: Contracts and procurement

Thu, 14 Jul 2022 10:00

For anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:
• Procurement thresholds
• Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Estimates, quotes and tenders
• Specifications
• Quality and value for money
• Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:
By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:
• Be aware of procurement thresholds
• Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
• Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
• Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with over 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office: training@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

VAT for VAT registered Councils

Wed, 20 Jul 2022 10:00

For clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are VAT registered, who wish to develop their knowledge (VAT registered councils have a 9-digit registration number, submit quarterly VAT returns online and charge VAT on taxable sales. If your council submits a VAT126 claim, it is not VAT registered).

This session explains when and how VAT registered local councils charge VAT, when they can reclaim it and when they can't. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Topics include:
• how VAT law applies to local councils
• where to find the law and guidance
• business and non-business activities
• understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
• when to charge VAT
• VAT rates
• when VAT can be reclaimed
• VAT returns
• Partial exemption
• Non-business activities
• Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

By the end of this session you will:
• Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
• Understand the key concepts of VAT
• Know when a council can or can't reclaim VAT
• Recognise when a council must charge VAT
• Be aware of activities that require special attention

Session leader: Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP
Steve is a former Town Clerk & an accountant with 30 years' experience in public sector finance, who specialises in advice & training for the local council sector.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office: training@derbyshirealc.gov.uk

ONLINE CiLCA Unit 2

Fri, 22 Jul 2022 10:00

Click on course title for full details of the CiLCA training course and costings.

Venue:
Online via Zoom
Contact:
Booking via DALC office