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Committees Basic Survival Guide - LLG Training


Committees Basic Survival Guide - LLG Training
Committees Basic Survival Guide - LLG Training
Mon, 21 September 2020, 10:00 - 16:30


This course is aimed at those who wish to understand the basics of the legal framework of local authority meetings; prepare for and handle meetings, including the statutory and procedural rules that apply; and benefit from some good practice tips on how to advise elected members with confidence. Sessions will include working with committees; executive arrangements and the committee system; ethical standards and the code of conduct; public access to information; and good practice tips for managing meetings; decision-making and minute writing.

A local authority is a big business: it must work within a political culture and a decision-making framework. The whole Council cannot sit in permanent session debating all the detailed issues and making all the necessary decisions. Apart from the practicalities that would arise, it has limited powers to intervene in decisions on executive functions. The framework is complex; different legal requirements and procedural rules apply to different types of meetings. The Local Government Acts of 1972, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2007 and 2011 prescribe much of the legal framework, but it is important not to forget that the courts also have a very important part to play in local authority decision-making.

This introductory course will give participants:

  • a good introduction to the law and practice of local authority meetings
  • a basic knowledge and understanding of council constitutions and executive arrangements and the committee system;
  • new insights and good practice tips to help them to carry out their role effectively; and
  • the confidence to apply what they have learned and develop their role.

Course Content

  • The Legal Framework
  • Executive Arrangements under the Local Government Act 2000
  • Powers and Duties of Committees
  • Composition of Committees and Proportionality
  • Schemes of Delegation
  • Substitution Rules
  • Members’ Rights of Access
  • Procedure Rules and rules of debate
  • The Agenda and summons to meetings
  • Managing the Meeting and getting legal decisions
  • Tips on Minute writing
  • Public Rights of Access to Meetings and Papers, Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Members’ Access to Information
  • New Models of Governance under the Localism Act 2011
  • The Councillors’ Code of Conduct
  • Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Please note: This event is only open to local authorities and public service staff

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