Cost: £199 +VAT
Delivered online, LLG is delighted to offer the evergreen Committees Stage 2 course, refreshed and structured around five interactive sessions and designed to allow attendees to engage with the speaker and each other, share experience, ask questions and participate in case study examples. Course documentation will be provided to attendees before the course, and you will be expected to have read the core material, case studies and questions in advance.
The Localism Act 2011 promised local authorities new freedoms and greater flexibility to act in the best interests of their area including three permitted forms of governance, the general power of competence, and simplified ethical arrangements for members. It also introduced new rights and powers for local communities. Yet despite these freedoms, councils must still exercise powers properly and for proper purposes, take relevant considerations into account- and nothing irrelevant- follow procedural requirements, and demonstrate fairness when exercising discretion. Public law principles apply and local authorities must act lawfully, rationally and fairly, and compatibly with the human rights of those affected by their decisions.
The course will deliver both legal and practical knowledge and skills in key aspects of law and procedure illustrated by reference to statute and case law. It will build on the Committees Basic Survival Guide course by taking some of the contents of that course to a more advanced level, and by using practical exercises with which attendees will be encouraged to engage.
Sessions will include:
The course will enable you to:
This course is aimed at lawyers and democratic services officers who have already grasped the basics, and are keen to stretch themselves, move up a gear and improve their effectiveness in what can sometimes be a challenging working environment.