Employment and Training

 

The Parish Council employs one member of staff, with a part-time contract which is reviewed annually.  The current clerk was employed in 2013 and was appointed after the post was advertised and interviews had taken place.  The contract of employment requires the Clerk to work towards achieving Certificate in Local Council Administration (or equivalent), the Clerk completed the award in March 2017 and is now CiLCA qualified.

 

The Clerk attends training courses offered by HALC (Hampshire Association of Local Councils) and SLCC (Society of Local Council Clerks) where appropriate. Over the past 12 months these have included:

  • March 2016                                Revised Year End and Accounts Requirements (HALC)

  • April 2016                                  Procurement (HALC)

  • February 2017                            Transparency Code update (HALC)

  • October 2017                              New arrangements for External Audit (HALC)

 

The Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer for Fordingbridge Town Council and is able to discuss and take advice from the Town Clerk where appropriate.

 

The Clerk receives copies of The Clerk, Clerks & Councils Direct and First (the magazine for local government) to keep up to date.

 

Councillors

 

  • Following election or co-option, new councillors are invited to meet the Clerk and review Council procedures and protocols.  Relevant paperwork (or electronic copies) are provided including the latest version of The Good Councillors Guide.

  • Notes, agendas and minutes are provided prior to each meeting and correspondence is circulated between Councillors (in paper form) to allow annotation and is discussed at the following meeting - electronic communication (email) is used when time dictates.

  • Courses are offered as appropriate through HALC, New Forest District Council or New Forest National Park Authority.

  • If a new Councillor is not a long term resident of the village, they are offered a tour of the parish with an experienced member and the Chair will hold an induction meeting.

  • Planning visits are conducted in pairs, with new members being accompanied, as appropriate.

  • Each Councillor is allocated an area to "specialise" in and reports to the Parish Council as a Representative - again, new members will shadow an existing Councillor to gain experience.