To lead, give value & help

  • Contact us: 07956 590094
  • For a subscription quote for your council contact 07956 590094
  • 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


Displaying 151 to 180 of 277

Why become a parish councillor

This document explains everything that you need to know about becoming a parish councillor.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020

Guidance for members and officers on publicity in the pre-election period

This note has been prepared to provide guidance to Members and Officers and to have regard to the National Code of Practice published under the Local Government Act 1986. The note focuses in particular on publicity in the pre-election period. Purdah

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

How to become a councillor

This document provides the information you need to become a councillor.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Checklist of considerations for holding meetings in person following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Face-to-face meetings

Both NALC and SLCC still strongly advise local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face-to-face contact. If your council wishes to consider returning to face-to-face meetings this checklist is designed to help ensure this decision is made in accordance with relevant regulations and requirements.

Fri, 17 Jul 2020

Retention Guide

Retention and archiving guidelines for local authorities for all documents including minutes, agenda and policies.

Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Risk Assessment for COVID 19 play areas and outside gyms - amendable

BHIB Councils Insurance amendable generic risk assessment for COVID-19.

Tue, 14 Jul 2020

Equality and Diversity Policy Model

The purpose of this policy is to promote diversity and equality to all people the council has dealings with, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, sexuality, religion or belief, marital status or civil partnership.

Tue, 14 Jul 2020

Risk Assessment COVID 19 general workplace

Generic Risk Assessment for dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace.

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

Risk Assessment COVID 19 Council reopening checklist/risk assessment

Following a council office closure or change in operating model due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the immediate reaction of many councils is to reopen their offices as soon as possible. However, it is highly likely that the working environment for the next period will be anything but "business as usual" – not just for your council but also your clerks, councillors, volunteers and the community. It is likely that many of the COVID-19 controls put in place during the crisis will remain in place for some time, or only be partially lifted i.e. social distancing requirements etc

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

NALC Guidance on holding remote meetings (temporary regulations April 2020)

On 4 April 2020, the Government brought The Local Authorities (Coronavirus)
(Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 into force to
allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely.

This guide has been produced by NALC to support local (Parish, Town and Community) Councils to be able to conduct their meetings in a new way.

Should be read in conjunction with:
Legal Briefing: Temporary Regulations April 2020

Wed, 01 Jul 2020

HAPTC Signed Accounts to 31 March 2020

Full HAPTC examined accounts 2019-2020.

Mon, 22 Jun 2020

Public Participation Protocol

Participation in a public forum.

Thu, 11 Jun 2020

Risk Assessment for COVID 19

NALC and BHIB Councils Insurance have produced a new guide on risk assessment for COVID-19.

The guide features guidance and information to help make risk assessments and directs to useful resources from the government and the Health and Safety Executive, with specific details on how to adapt your risk assessments for COVID-19. The guide also contains two templates designed especially for local (parish and town) councils that will help start risk assessments.

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

Website Content Accessibility requirements

The publication provides practical steps that local (parish, town and community) councils can follow to understand the new regulations, put in place an accessibility statement, and start plans to improve the accessibility of their website.

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

Job Retention Scheme extension

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which allows all UK employers with employees on a PAYE scheme to designate those employees as 'furloughed workers'.

This briefing outlines some of the key background facts about designating employees as furloughed workers and implementing this type of leave and details, as far as currently known, of the extension and changes to the scheme which have now been announced.

Wed, 03 Jun 2020

Coronavirus and Holidays

The Government has clarified issues relating to furlough and holiday pay in new guidance published by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Wed, 20 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Specimen Furlough Letters

This set of model letters are designed to help you work your way through putting employees on furlough under the terms of the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and certain associated circumstances that may arise during any period of furlough. They have been prepared in a manner that will enable you to cut and paste onto your letterhead and to customise them as necessary to suit your particular circumstances.

Wed, 20 May 2020

Major Incident Emergency Plan

Example of a major incident emergency plan.

Tue, 12 May 2020

Example grant Awarding Policy

Sample Policy for awarding of grants by a council

Sat, 09 May 2020

Tags: Example

Financial Risk Assessment

Model Financial Risk Assessment.

Sat, 09 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Claims

HMRC has now confirmed that the 20th April 2020 is the intended launch date of an online service for reclaiming wages under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Fri, 17 Apr 2020

Briefing: 2020 Regulations temporarily enabling Local Councils to hold meetings remotely

Summary of the regulations and what they mean for local councils. Should be read in conjunction with NALC Guidance on holding remote meetings:
Holding remote meetings temporary arrangement April 2020

Wed, 08 Apr 2020


It is a legal requirement to record the main terms of a new employee's contract in writing.

New important changes are being made to the rules.

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

HAPTC Chairman's Report 2019-2020

HAPTC Chairman's Report for the Annual Report 2019-2020

Thu, 02 Apr 2020


Guidance on Homeworking Payments

Homeworking Allowance
Employers can reimburse employees for reasonable additional costs they incur while
working at home under homeworking arrangements.

Mon, 23 Mar 2020

HAPTC Association Structure 2019-2020

HAPTC President, Vice-Presidents, Chairman, Vice-chairman, County Officer, Council Development Officer, Auditor

Fri, 21 Feb 2020


HAPTC 2019-2020

A summary of what HAPTC has provided for its member Councils throughout the year

Fri, 21 Feb 2020


Guidance for NALC Template Tenancy Agreement for an Allotment Garden

Guidance for using NALC's template tenancy agreement for an allotment garden.

Thu, 06 Feb 2020