Our Services

Members of Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils (OALC) receive the following services :-

 

Representation

Members can become more closely involved in issues that might impact on all local councils in the county. OALC can lobby on issues raised by individual member councils through the national structures of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). OALC’s representational role is reinforced because of the overwhelming majority of local councils who are in membership (92%).

OALC has representatives where there are successors to the local strategic partnerships and on other groups in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire County Council and the district councils liaise and consult with OALC when appropriate. If your Council wishes to find out more about our work or to raise an issue through the OALC representative on NALC National Council, please contact the OALC office.

 

Information and Advice

Information and advice on a wide range of issues is available through the OALC office by telephone, email or post. We also produce regular monthly Updates which are sent to member councils. The Update includes national and local news, information on relevant legislation, White Papers and other proposals which may affect local councils and key national and local publications. Updates for the past year can be found in the Members Area of the website.

OALC also has an experienced Employment/HR adviser, Bethan Osborne who is available to help member councils with employment issues. To enhance the service we offer to member councils we have  engaged the services of Steve Parkinson, ex-Clerk, Alton Town Council to advise on finance, VAT and audit.

Membership of OALC also provides access to the services of NALC, including a wide range of legal topic notes and briefings, as well as legal advice on individual cases.

 

Training opportunities

OALC has an annual programme of training and development events for clerks and councillors. There are training events most months, for a list of upcoming training courses please visit our Events page.

We also offer mentoring for those doing the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA). Please contact us for more details.

Feedback from recent courses -

  • Very helpful – always good to have updated best practice, there’s always something else to learn
  • Speaker could answer all questions extremely well and in a way we could understand easily. Content given in an interesting, knowledgeable and humorous manner. Very enjoyable seminar.
  • Best training event I’ve been to!
 

Other Services

We administer the Local Council Award scheme which replaced the Quality Council scheme in 2015. And we check applications by town and parish councils to the Public Works Loan Board for permission to borrow money to finance capital works.