Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC)

Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC). DAPTC is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the 194 Local Councils (Town & Parish) and Parish Meetings in the Unitary Authority area of Dorset and the Unitary Authority of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Association is the first point of contact for the more than 1500 elected Town and Parish Councillors in Dorset who are working to improve their communities.

 

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK - ADVICE FOR PARISH AND TOWN COUNCILS

For up-to-date information from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on government guidance for the local council section please visit the following webpage http://www.nalc.gov.uk/coronavirus


DAPTC courses, seminars and conferences in 2020

DAPTC have postponed all courses, conferences and seminars for now, due to the Coronavirus situation. As soon as we are able to, we hope to get dates to our member councils, but these will be dependant on how much time remains in 2020. As a minimum, we will hope to run the Conference and the Clerks Seminar. If there is sufficient time, we hope to provide a course for Chairmen, Budgets and Precepts course and an update course for councillors. These courses will be run in 2021 if there is insufficient time in 2020.

 

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About Us

DAPTC is a membership organisation affiliated to NALC (the National Association of Local Councils), our national body who support and represent approximately 10,000 local councils and 80,000 councillors across England. NALC lobby central government on behalf of their members, and set national strategic policy, supported by a legal team. They also produce the Local Council Review (LCR) magazine and the bi-weekly DIS (Direct Information Service), which are prime sources of information relating to the local council sector.

DAPTC is currently funded by its membership and training fees, along with grants received from Dorset Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

How is DAPTC run?

The Executive Committee consists of a President, the Chair of the Dorset Branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), 15 elected councillors, who are jointly responsible for the strategic and financial management of the Association.

The County Chief Executive Officer, Neil Wedge is responsible for the day to day management of the association.

As a membership association DAPTC staff are unable to answer queries from the general public.