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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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Elections FAQs

Important information and Frequently Asked Questions for all member Parish/Town Councillors and Clerks of Councils that have recently held elections and what to do just after they are over...

Thu, 04 Mar 2021

Access to NALC LTNs and templates

Username and password to access NALC Legal Topic Notes and NALC templates which cover HR*, allotments, model Financial Regulations, Model Standing Orders.

Annual leave
Anti-harassment and bullying
Data protection
Disciplinary and greivance
Emergency/Dependants leave
Equality and diversity
Flexible working
Information technology
Lone working
Maternity/paternity leave
Poor performance
Sickness absence
Social media
Training and development

Mon, 01 Mar 2021

Tags: NALC

Glossary of Local Government Terms

Glossary of some local government terms.

Mon, 01 Mar 2021

Whether to Declare Members Interests

A tool to help members decide if there is an interest that needs to be declared.

Wed, 24 Feb 2021

Five Steps To Risk Assessment

This leaflet aims to help you assess health and safety risks in the workplace.

Wed, 17 Feb 2021

Example Safeguarding Children Policy

Example Policy for Safeguarding Children which can be customised to suit your Council and meet any specific needs you have for this document (such as grant applications).

Tue, 16 Feb 2021

Model Fixed Term Employment Statement

HAPTC Model example of a fixed term employment statement

Sat, 13 Feb 2021

Model Policy for Use of Social Media

This document can be used as a starting point for creating your own Social Media Policy.

Fri, 05 Feb 2021

Tags: Example

Volunteer Policy

Sample Volunteer Policy.

Thu, 04 Feb 2021

Tags: Example

Practical guidance on declaring interests and dispensations at a council meeting

We are aware that this aspect of the Code of Conduct is causing great concern to our councils so we have worked in partnership with Hoey Ainscough Associates Ltd and are the first County Association in the country to have produced such a practical guidance note for members.

It includes a model agenda item, when declarations of interest are required, examples of interests relating to Part B, a generic application form for dispensation by members.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021

Defibrillators in the Community – Some Suggested Guidelines

Purchasing or supporting purchase of a community defibrillator, some notes for Councils to consider, courtesy of Herts County Council.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Tags: Community

Local Council Award Scheme

The Local Council Award Scheme exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide
a framework to support all local councils to meet their full potential.

Tue, 12 Jan 2021

CiLCA Portfolio Guide

Certificate in Local Council Administration portfolio of evidence guide

Wed, 06 Jan 2021

Sample Risk Assessment

Risk assessment sample.

Tue, 05 Jan 2021

Tags: Example

Local Council Award Scheme Criteria/Guidance update

Updates for the Local Council Award Scheme (December 2020).

LCAS national panel:
Hertfordshire uses the LCAS National Panel; applications for accreditation to Dates for submission in 2021 here.

Mon, 21 Dec 2020

Chairman's Openness and Transparency Notice and Announcement

Notice and Announcement by Chairman of Council/Committee regarding openness and transparency of the meeting

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

Protocol for the Reporting at Meetings of the Council or Committees

Protocol for the Reporting at Meetings of the Council or Committees

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

Open and Accountable Guide

A Guide for Local Councils
Managing Public & Press Reporting at Meetings

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

Guidance Note on Neighbourhood Plans (East Herts)

This document is intended for town and parish councillors, local residents and businesses in East Herts and provides interim guidance on the purpose and process of neighbourhood planning. The document represents the District Council's current understanding of the processes involved in Neighbourhood Planning.

Sun, 13 Dec 2020

Councillors Dispensation Form

This is a generic form which can be used for applications for dispensations by members.

Sat, 12 Dec 2020

Business Continuity Plan Template

An example of a business continuity plan.

Tue, 08 Dec 2020

Elections Guide

Elections Guide

Fri, 04 Dec 2020

Audit of Councillors Skills and Knowledge

Identifying your Councillors' development needs

Wed, 02 Dec 2020

Committee Requirements

Meetings of Council, Committees, Sub-Committees and Working Groups – Requirements

Mon, 30 Nov 2020

Casual Vacancy Guide

Parish Council Guide for dealing with casual vacancies, either by by-election or co-option

Thu, 26 Nov 2020

NALC Model Grievance Procedure

NALC's Model Grievance Procedure.

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

NALC Model Disciplinary Procedure

This disciplinary procedure is designed to help and encourage employees to achieve and maintain acceptable standards of conduct and job performance at all times.

Mon, 23 Nov 2020

Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety Policy example from Little Berkhamsted Parish Council.

Fri, 20 Nov 2020

Tags: Example

Example Harassment Policy

Example harassment at work policy.

Wed, 18 Nov 2020

Tags: Example