General Power of Competence – changes to CiLCA
The Localism Act has introduced a new general power of competence for certain local councils. Local councils will need to demonstrate that they have an electoral mandate and a qualified Clerk in order to be eligible to use the new power. A qualified Clerk has to have the full CiLCA qualification which will include the new Section 7 module on the general power of competence, or have completed the Level 4 higher education qualifications for Clerks awarded by the University of Gloucestershire (or its predecessor institutions)which covers the general power of competence. Clerks who already have CiLCA/AQA or who started studying the UoG qualification before the 2012/13 academic year must take the stand-alone section 7 of CiLCA 2012.
Submissions of the stand alone Section 7 – The power of wellbeing
Candidates who submit the stand alone section are being advised that the general power of competence will supersede the power of wellbeing in the near future. Candidates have the choice to have this marked or not, depending on whether their council wishes to use the Power of Wellbeing imminently.
Submissions of CiLCA 2008
Candidates who submit their full portfolio will have this marked as normal. However if their council wants to use the general power of competence, the clerk will have to submit the stand alone section 7 (general power of competence) at their cost. Alternatively candidates may wish to submit their portfolio after the implementation date, and include the new section 7 (general power of competence NOT power of wellbeing).
For clarification candidates who register or submit on and after the implementation date will be required to submit a portfolio in accordance to the CiLCA 2012 Portfolio Guide, which can be downloaded at.
It is being advised that you attend the official NTS General Power of Competence training module prior to completing section 7 of the 2012 portfolio guide, this training is available through WALC. Please let Katie Fielding know if you wish to attend some training on this issue as we will arrange the first training session to suit clerks who need to attend something fairly quickly. You can contact Katie on the office telephone number or at firstname.lastname@example.org