Cost: £199 +VAT
LLG welcomes the return of its Committees BSG course, a firm favourite with lawyers and democratic services officers over many years, refreshed and delivered online. Delivered by highly experienced speaker Peter Edwards, this is an interactive course and attendees will be encouraged to engage with the speaker and with each other, share experience, ask questions, and participate in case study examples. Course documentation will be provided in advance in order to give you a head start.
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 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 course will give participants:
Sessions will include Working with Committees; Executive Arrangements; Public Access to Information and Meetings; and Ethical Standards and the Code of Conduct.
This course is aimed at lawyers and democratic services officers and others who wish to understand the basics of the legal framework of local authority meetings; how to prepare for and handle meetings, including some of the statutory and procedural rules that apply; and benefit from some good practice tips on how to advise elected members with confidence.
Session 1: Working with Committees
Session 2: Executive Arrangements
Session 3: Public Access to Information and Meetings
Session 4: Ethics and Standards and the Councillors’ Code of Conduct