Wiltshire Association of Local Councils continuously promotes good practice in local councils.

Member councils may contact the WALC office for advice on procedural issues and suggestions of good practice surrounding particular council functions.

As local councils continue to become more and more firmly planted on the Government agenda, there are many tools available to aid councils in being transparent, open, well governed corporate bodies.

The Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is one of the nationally recognised qualifications for local council clerks. More information on CiLCA can be found on the training page with full details and information about registering for CiLCA on the Society of Local Councils (SLCC) website.  If you are a Wiltshire clerk  considering CiLCA, please contact Deborah Bourne at the WALC office before registering.  Deborah can advise on any local training support courses which may be taking place to help you in your completion of the portfolio.

If you are a newer clerk who would welcome a course before undertaking CiLCA, the Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA) may be more suitable.  The SLCC website has more information about this.

WALC also runs training sessions for new clerks. Check the training page or contact the office.

Whether or not your council wishes to apply for the Local Council Award Scheme, the principles of the scheme, which cover such themes as procedures and communication, are highly important themes to consider when working towards best practice.

You can visit the NALC website for a wealth of nationally available publications.  In addition you can order the publications, the Good Councillor’s Guide and Being a Good Employer in hard copy from the WALC office.

WALC also provides a variety of training events for local councils. These include both councillor and clerk training, training in CiLCA, finance and other relevant subjects. Visit the training page for more information.