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Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Committee Administration  (Working in Modern Democratic Services)



Course Duration:

3 days non residential


Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH - this course can also be delivered on an in-house basis


This 3 day training event is for those working in Democratic Services, or Local Government in general, who wish to understand the environment in which they work and to develop skills and knowledge to effectively carry out their role.

Please note:  this is not a residential course and accommodation is not included

Day 1: 9 January 2015

There will be some research activities set, in relation to participants' own authorities, for completion after day 1.  These will be developed further and will form a discussion activity during the follow-on 2 days

Day 2: 26 January 2015
Day 3: 27 January 2015


To explore the local government environment, legal framework, decision-making and governance arrangements, including managing meetings and an overview of scrutiny.


This event will provide an opportunity to discuss and explore:

  • the structure and functions of local government
  • politial arrangements in local government
  • role of elected Councillors and non-Councillors
  • the legal framework and fundamentals of decision making
  • law and management of meetings
  • support for the scrutiny function
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Course Administrator:

training@swcouncils.gov.uk or call 01823 270101

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Member Organisations: £460
Non-Member Organisations:  £490

(All prices subject to VAT.  Discounts for multiple bookings may apply)


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