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Tax and NIC Treatment of Clerks’ Expenses and Benefits

A summary of the way that HMRC deals with various 'benefits' provided to clerks and other employees of local councils and how expenses that they incur are dealt with.

Clerks need to be clear about the tax treatment of benefits and expenses, not just because of their own tax liability but also because of the reporting requirements imposed on the local council as employer.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018

Legal Briefing L08-18 Judicial Review Claim Brought Against Ledbury Town Council

The CEOs of the National
Association of Local Councils, Jonathan Owen, and of the Society of Local
Council Clerks, Rob Smith, have considered the implications of the high court
judgment on a judicial review claim by a Councillor against Ledbury Town
Council and sent a joint letter to the Government and
the Committee on Standards in Public Life and Local Government
Association, to voice concerns and request urgent talks.

NALC has also published new legal guidance on the subject, which includes
a summary of the case and its implications, as the decision confines most
complaints about councillors to the code of conduct process.

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Good Councillor's Guide

This guide introduces the work of local councils and the part you play as a councillor in the tier of local government closest to the people. You will also find it a useful reference. It is divided into five parts to help you find your way as a new, or even as an experienced, councillor.

Latest issue: 2018

Wed, 30 May 2018

Job Description Deputy Clerk

Deputy Clerk Specimen Job Description

Mon, 21 May 2018

Job Description Assistant Clerk

Assistant Clerk Specimen Job Description and Person Specification

Mon, 21 May 2018

Example Privacy Policy Template

An example Privacy Policy Template to be used in line with the General Data Protection Regulations

Fri, 23 Mar 2018

General Data Protection Regulations Presentation

Presentation by DPO Centre about the new regulations and the requirements on Local Councils from May 2018.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018

L02-18 Reporting Personal Data Breaches

Reporting personal data breaches obligations on councils, General Data Protection Regulations May 2018

Tue, 13 Feb 2018

L10 17 - Data Protection Officer

Information about (i) a DPO's responsibilities and (ii) the person appointed as DPO.

General Data Protection Regulations May 2018

Fri, 22 Dec 2017

Example Recruitment Process

Recruitment and selection process action plan

Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Recruitment Probationary Period Briefing

An offer of employment can be conditional not only for example on receipt of satisfactory references and, if relevant, a medical examination but also on satisfactory completion of a probationary period. The concept of such a period is that it gives both parties time to consider whether both have made the right choice and in essence therefore the suitability of the employee for the job.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017

Neighbourhood Planning in Hertfordshire

Where are Hertfordshire Councils up to in the Neighbourhood Planning process? If your information isn't here or needs updating, please contact the HAPTC office.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017

Generic Groundsperson/Warden Contract

Principal Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tue, 22 Aug 2017

L05 17 General Data Protection Regulation

This briefing provides a summary of the provisions in the Data Protection Act 1998 and the changes in law being introduced by General Data Protection Regulation which are relevant to councils.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017

The Good Councillor's Guide to Neighbourhood Planning

This guide is designed specifically to help parish and town councillors support their communities and council in deciding whether or not to produce a neighbourhood plan for their area and, if they decide to go ahead, to guide them through the process of producing the plan and thinking
about how it will be delivered.

Tue, 23 May 2017

Username and password to the Highways Together Webpage

The link with username and password to access the Herts County Council Highways Together Webpage

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

Employment Support - documents available

A list of documents to help and support member councils with employment questions and issues

Tue, 07 Feb 2017

Good Councillor's Guide Employer

The guide has been written in six sections which run through the job cycle, from recruitment to leaving an organisation for whatever reason.

Fri, 07 Oct 2016

Example Staffing Committee Terms Of Reference

The staffing committee will consist of three councillors and be responsible for all staffing matters. It will meet as and when required to ensure that Example Parish Council complies with the requirements of employment law and follows best practice in providing good working conditions for staff.

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

Auto-Enrolment Overview from the Pensions Regulator

•Why is automatic enrolment being introduced?
•What employers need to do
•Staging dates and overall timetable
•Who are your workers?
•Worker categories and the duties and rights for pension scheme enrolment
•Communicating with workers
•Qualifying earnings and the automatic enrolment processes
•Opt-ins and Opt-outs
•Monitoring worker status and re-enrolment
•Keeping records
•Declaration of compliance

Wed, 06 Apr 2016

Disciplinary Process Management


Guidance Notes - Managing the disciplinary process, handling a disciplinary investigation and conducting a disciplinary hearing.

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

Pensions Discretion Policy HCC Example

Local Government Pension Scheme
Payment of discretionary compensation to employees.
Example Hertfordshire County Council policy on exercise of employer discretions

Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Pensions Discretion Policy Generic

Local Government Pension Scheme
Payment of discretionary compensation to employees.
Generic model policy on exercise of employer discretions

Mon, 21 Dec 2015

The Essential Guide to Pension Auto Enrolment

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'.

Mon, 30 Nov 2015

Employment Guide - Medical Appointments

Councils are on occasions unsure how best to deal with employee requests for time off for medical appointments e.g. doctors, dentist, optician etc which are not a part of an ongoing sickness absence episode and in particular whether such time off should be allowed with pay.

Mon, 02 Nov 2015

Generic course feedback form

We always appreciate your feedback; this form can be downloaded and completed and emailed to

Wed, 07 Oct 2015


Shared Statement of Partnership Principles, working with Herts County Council, Appendix

This appendix to the 'Partnership Principles' document outlines ways in which Hertfordshire County Council and Parish, Town and Community Councils can work together in the interests of their local area.

Thu, 17 Sep 2015