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  • See the member bulletin for forthcoming events, training sessions and details of "on demand" courses
  • The HAPTC Chairman is Cllr Rob McCarthy from Aldbury Parish Council
  • The HAPTC office is open 08.30am - 12.30pm weekdays
  • The office staff are Carina Helmn, County Officer and Sue Campbell, Council Development Officer
  • To lead, give value and help


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Website Accessibility and Publishing Guidelines

The guide aims to help local (parish, town and community) councils ensure their websites meet the needs of all users — especially those with disabilities or impairments that use assistive technology.

Tue, 19 Oct 2021

HAPTC Members' Bulletin 21 10 15

HAPTC regular email bulletin to all member councils

Fri, 15 Oct 2021

Courses from Breakthrough Communications

Details of the current courses being offered by Breakthrough Communications available to member councils; to book please email

Thu, 14 Oct 2021

Tags: Event

HAPTC Subscription Formula Explained

How the HAPTC membership subscription formula works.

Fri, 08 Oct 2021


HR Bulletin Autumn 2021

  1. What progress has been made on the Employment Bill?
  2. Is Covid 19 still a serious danger in respect of employment rights?
  3. Checks on workers from European Economic Area
  4. Need to audit restrictive covenant clauses in employment contracts
  5. Flexible Working Bill
  6. How to manage the end of working from home
  7. Employers named and shamed for breaching minimum wage regulations
  8. Proposed legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace
  9. Common health and safety errors by employers
  10. Further help and/or advice

Fri, 08 Oct 2021

Points of Light 2021

The 2021 edition of Points of Light, highlights the excellent work local (parish, community and town) councils have done to support their communities.

Points of Light aims to promote good practice and raise awareness of the various services local councils facilitate. Managing the local water supply, providing free breakfast packs for families on low incomes, employing a family support worker, operating a discounted housing scheme and setting up a food bank are just some of the examples contained in this year's edition.

Points of Light is a collection of case studies that include summaries and information on the electorate, precept and expenditure that highlight the work of England's 10,000 local councils.

Thu, 30 Sep 2021

HAPTC Members' Bulletin 21 09 30

HAPTC regular email bulletin to all member councils

Thu, 30 Sep 2021

HAPTC Members' Bulletin 21 09 17

HAPTC regular email bulletin to all member councils

Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Funding & Grants Bulletin September 2021

Funding & grants available for local communities and councils

Mon, 13 Sep 2021

Tags: Community

NALC Legal Update August 2021

NALC Legal Update – August 2021

  • Councils acting as residential landlords
  • Private access to local council recreation grounds/open space by neighbouring properties
  • Council meeting venues – academy schools
  • Councils as charity trustees of village halls – reclaiming VAT
  • Membership of sub-committees

Wed, 18 Aug 2021

What does each tier of Local Government have responsibility for?

If your Parish, Town or Community Council covers any other areas of activity, please let us know so we can add to the list!

Thu, 12 Aug 2021

Playground Inspection Sheet

Example template checklist for playground inspections

Wed, 11 Aug 2021

Tags: Example

HAPTC Signed Accounts to 31st March 2021

Full HAPTC examined accounts 2020-2021

Tue, 06 Jul 2021

HAPTC AGM Minutes 2019


Tue, 06 Jul 2021


Family Food Boxes - Rapid Relief Team

The RRT Family Food Box help relieve immediate pressure for an individual or family in crisis, allowing them to focus and pull through the crisis.

Fri, 25 Jun 2021

Tags: Community

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons Guide

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons are part of the celebratory weekend 2nd - 5th June 2022.

Fri, 25 Jun 2021

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Letter to Councils

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons are part of the celebratory weekend 2nd - 5th June 2022.

Fri, 25 Jun 2021

Example Clerk Recruitment Internal Action List

Example summay process/checklist for Councils for the recruitment process.

Mon, 07 Jun 2021

National Precept Statistics 2021-2022

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government analysis of council tax levels of local precepting authorities.

Sat, 29 May 2021

HAPTC AGM Agenda 2021

Agenda for the HAPTC AGM

Wed, 26 May 2021


HAPTC Membership List

A list of the Hertfordshire Parish, Town and Community Councils currently in membership of HAPTC

Mon, 24 May 2021


Amendable Model Standing Orders

Electronic version of amendable Model Standing Orders for Local Councils

Tue, 18 May 2021

The Role of the Chairman

Outline of the role of the Chairman

Fri, 14 May 2021

Tags: Chairman


Presentation outlining the roles of the Chairman

Fri, 14 May 2021

Tags: Chairman

VAT on digital services from other countries

Guidance note about VAT on digital services from outside the UK, including Zoom.

Wed, 28 Apr 2021

Allotments, A Plotholder's Guide

Allotments provide an excellent opportunity to grow your own fruit and vegetables, meet new people and get plenty of fresh air and exercise. 'Allotments: a plotholder's guide' is for anyone who rents or is thinking of renting an allotment plot. It outlines the basics you need to know in order to enjoy all the opportunities and benefits that allotment gardening offers.

Fri, 09 Apr 2021

Tags: Community

Survey Climate Change & Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy (for completion by COUNCIL)

This is for completion by Parish, Town and Community Councils, rather than sharing it with residents.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021

Governance and Accountability 2021 - A Practitioners Guide

For all authorities with a turnover under £6.5million.
Section 1 The Annual Governance Statement
Section 2 The Statement of Accounts
Section 3 Proper practices in relation to accounts for a smaller authority that has decided to prepare accounts and be audited as a full audit authority
Section 4 Non-statutory guidance for internal audit at smaller authorities
Section 5 Supporting Information and Practical Examples

Thu, 01 Apr 2021

Example Grant Application Form 1

An alternative example of a grant application form.

Wed, 31 Mar 2021

Tags: Example