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YLCA Conference 23 September 2022

Sponsored by Breakthrough Communications, CCLA and Streetscape Products and Services Ltd

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9.00am - 6.30pm to be held at the Holiday Inn, Leeds/Wakefield (M1, Junction 40)

The Draft Programme is now available and detailed below. Please ensure you download a booking form and return it to ruth.batterley@yorkshirelca.gov.uk as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

  • YLCA Conference 2022 - 23 September, Booking Form (MS Word, 171 Kb)

    Conference Booking Form, 23 September 2022

  • Draft Conference Programme - 23 September 2022 (PDF, 249 Kb)

    23 SEPTEMBER 2022 CONFERENCE - DRAFT PROGRAMME

    (YLCA reserves the right to alter this programme at any time)

    There will be several exhibitors at the event, including the National Allotment Society, Blachere Illuminations, CloudyIT, Scribe Accounts, WJPS (Website designs), Wicksteed Leisure and also our sponsors will be available during the event. Please visit them to see what they have on offer and chat to them about their services/products. To enter the prize draw you will need to get the prize draw entry form signed by each exhibitor.

    9.00am Registration open to delegates with refreshments – please remember to log your car registration number at the YLCA desk upon arrival.

    9.30am Welcome to delegates by the President of the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

    9.45am Keynote speaker – Dr Jonathan Owen, Chief Executive of the National

    to 10.45am Association of Local Councils with, opportunities for questions from the floor.

    10.45am All things climate – Communities and Engagement Panel of the Climate Commission

    The speakers will talk about work of the Regional Policy Forum that local councils can join, the Climate Action Plan and how local councils can work with the Climate Commission on the Climate Emergency and feed into the Plan. Andy Gouldson, Yorkshire and the Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) Co-Director and Jatinder Singh Mehmi, YHCC Commissioner and Member of the Climate Commission and Engagement Panel (Environment Agency).

    11.45am - 12 noon Refreshments

    12.00pm - 1.00pm Move to workshop rooms

    Block 1

    i. Grant writing and grant funding opportunities for the local council sector

    The aim of the session is to help local councils build a case for external funding by showing delegates how to effectively prepare an application, understand and meet eligibility criteria - Mike Deegan, Consultant

    ii. NALC Young Councillor of the Year 2021 – Councillor Michaella Biscomb

    Michaella will speak about her work for Kippax Parish Council and how she became Young Councillor of the Year in 2021, as part of the NALC Star Councils Awards

    iii. Be prepared – planning for the unexpected

    Business continuity is a subject that some councils don't think about – but they should! This session will cover how local councils can plan for the unexpected and consider what to include in a basic plan to guarantee the day-to-day business continuity of the council – Presented by YLCA

    iv. Green Travel Project Local councils working collaboratively

    Engaging communities on sustainable, climate-safe transport - Local councils in the parishes of Harden, Wilsden, Cullingworth and Denholme have worked as a team to deliver a Green Travel Project. This interactive workshop will explore how councils can collaborate to tackle the biggest source of carbon emissions, transport, while delivering local benefits.

    1.00pm - 2.00pm, Lunch – in the restaurant and bar area

    Move to workshop rooms

    2.00pm to 3.00pm

    Block 2

    i. How to generate income from your council's community facilities

    Learn how to use a business strategy tool known as the "Business Model Canvas", to increase the income streams you get within your local council, such as venue and facility hire - John Fagan, Scribe Accounts.

    ii. The benefits of community tree planting - Woodland Trust

    The Woodland Trust support community tree planting and a speaker from the Trust will provide an update to members on the benefits of community tree planting - Roger Parkinson, Woodland Trust

    iii. Grant writing and grant funding opportunities (repeat session)

    The aim of the session is to help local councils build a case for external funding by showing delegates how to effectively prepare an application, understand and meet eligibility criteria - Mike Deegan, Consultant

    iv. How to Engage Effectively with Young People

    Young people can be a challenging demographic for councils to reach and engage with. In this session we will explore how to understand the issues that matter to young people, how to effectively reach and engage with them online and offline, and how best to work with them to improve different aspects of your community - Dan Purchese, Director, Breakthrough Communications (Sponsor)

    3.00pm - 4.00pm Move to workshop rooms

    Block 3
    i. Your council working smarter by using the functionality of Microsoft 365
    Councils will learn about various functions within Microsoft 365, including Teams, and how using these functions will benefit the council to help save money and time - David Hall, Managing Director and Dan Beecher, Business Development Manager, CloudyIT

    ii. How to manage the council's finances and understand the budget setting process
    The administration of the public funds held by a council is an important aspect of the authority's work. The session will provide an overview of how to manage those funds with appropriate diligence, complete budget setting and manage a budget throughout the year - Presented by YLCA

    iii. The Future of Mobility - Transport

    The future of mobility - transport, is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, with domestic transport (in the form of personally owned cars) being the biggest offender. This presentation will give a brief history of transport and a whistle-stop tour of new modes of transport that are disrupting the car, including bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, small electric vehicles and self driving - John Fagan, Scribe Accounts

    iv. Government reform to the Planning System
    In the Queen's Speech on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the Government set out a series of proposed reforms to the planning system through the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill. These have been 'informed' by the "responses to the Government's 2020 White Paper 'Planning for the Future''. Come along to this session to learn about the proposals - Andrew Towlerton, Planning Consultant

    4.00pm to 4.15pm Refreshment break

    4.15pm to 5.15pm Move to workshop rooms

    Block 4

    i. Resilience and Emergency Planning
    This session will cover how parish/town councils can support their communities in an emergency, measures that can be put in place to enable that, who should be contacted in an emergency, and the emergency reporting mechanisms that a local council should have in place. (A general workshop that would suit councils in the whole of the Yorkshire area) - Lee Brayfield, Resilience and Emergency Planning, North Yorkshire County Council

    ii. Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    The GDPR became law in 2018 and councils have a duty to ensure that they are compliant. This session will run through how councils can achieve compliance - Dan Purchese, Director, Breakthrough Communications (Sponsor)

    iii. Understanding the use of Standing Orders and Financial Regulations - Presented by YLCA

    iv. Local Council Insurance, including risk assessments.
    What do councils need to consider when reviewing an insurance policy? How do risk assessments play a part in ensuring that a council's finances and business are protected? - Brian Brooks, Risk Manager and Lee Cleaver, Account Broker, of BHIB Insurance

    **Don't forget to submit your Exhibitors Prize Form at the YLCA Desk, to be drawn after Block 5 workshops in the main conference hall at the end of the conference**

    5.15pm to 6.15pm Move to workshop rooms

    Block 5

    i. Government Reform to the Planning System (repeat session)
    In the Queen's Speech on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the Government set out a series of proposed reforms to the planning system through the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill. These have been 'informed' by the "responses to the Government's 2020 White Paper 'Planning for the Future''. Come along to the session to learn about the proposals - Andrew Towlerton, Planning Consultant

    ii. Effective policies and procedures: the key to successful meetings (repeat session)
    Many councils are unsure about what policies they should have. This session will cover the mandatory/statutory policies (to ensure the council is lawful), and how having policies and procedures in place helps the council run effectively - Presented by YLCA

    iii. Councils exercising an adequate duty of care for their officers, other employees, and volunteers
    All employers have a duty of care for their staff, including volunteers. This is an aspect of local council work that all councillors need to have a good understanding of - Alan Barker, Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD

    iv. How to manage the council's finances and understand the budget setting process (repeat session)
    The administration of the public funds held by a council is an important aspect of the authority's work. The session will provide an overview of how to manage those funds with appropriate diligence, complete budget setting and manage a budget throughout the year - Presented by YLCA

    6.15pm Move to the main conference hall for the drawing of the Exhibitors Prize Form and prize to be awarded.

    6.30pm Close of conference. Thank you for attending.

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