Contents - Click on a link below 

General

Membership

Support

Directory Reviews

Definition of Debate Vs Support

Making a comment

Writing Blogs

Using The Forum

Introduction

Forum Rules

Forum Signatures

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

PayCheck

HealthChecks

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES PRICES AND TAXES

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES PROMOTIONS

Events of Force Majeure 

 

General

  • The content of this site is copyrighted and may not be copied for any use without explicit written permission. Failure to comply may result in the immediate termination of membership without notice or refund.
  • The site Administrator(s) reserve(s) the right to make this site unavailable at any time without notice
  • The features and functions of this website may be changed without notice
  • These conditions and terms of use may be changed without notice
  • Errors and omissions excepted
  • These terms and conditions are governed by English law
  • Any dispute connected with this site is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts

 

Whilst all reasonable efforts are made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and current, the site owners and Administrators cannot guarantee that some information may not become out of date...

  • Information on this website is intended for a broad non technical audience
  • No information contained on this site is intended to be definitive
  • CPALC does not provide any form of specific legal advice
  • The law relating to Town, Parish and Community councils is different in Wales and Scotland
  • This site does not cover issues relating to Community Councils in Scotland and extreme care should be taken regarding Councils in Wales as there are some similarities there are also major differences

 

This site and domain is not owned or operated by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils or any other organisation sharing the acronym CPALC e.g. Canada-Peru Agreement on Labour Cooperation, The Crown Point Adult Learning Center

 

Where contact details are shown these are from publicly available sources

  • Whilst all reasonable efforts are taken to ensure the validity of such details users should undertake their own research and validation

 

The site Owners and Administrators accept no responsibility for any loss or damage arising from use of the information provided on this website

  • Appropriate professional advice must always be sought prior to any decisions or actions being taken
  • Liability is limited to the value of the user's subscription
  • The opinions expressed on this website are those of the individual authors and contributors and not necessarily those of the site owners and administrators

 

Membership

Membership is at the sole discretion of the site administrators.

Registered users agree to provide a valid personal email address and real name (forename and surname) details.

  • Corporate emails are not allowed.
  • A corporate email is one containing town, parish, council, pc, clerk, gov.uk, community,communities or other such words as may be defined from time to time.
  • Disposable email addresses from organisations such as "sharklasers.com" are not allowed.
  • It is the user's responsibility to ensure that they can receive emails from cpalc.org.uk.

 

Duplicate or multiple registrations are not permitted.

Duplicate or multiple registrations may be deleted without notice or refund.

 

Membership is personal and non shareable or transferable to another person or body. 

Membership may be terminated without notice or refund where the terms of use are breached

Registered accounts without valid details may be deleted or blocked at the discretion of the site administrators without notice.

Registered users are responsible for updating and managing their own membership/account.

Registered users may un-subscribe from newsletters and forum email notifications themselves at any time.

Registered users may hide name details using the site's privacy controls.

Usernames may not contain promotional or advertising content.

Any form of bullying, harassment or persecution of other members or the CPALC team is unacceptable as is the deemed misuse of site and its content and may result in the immediate termination of membership without notice or refund.

Use of content from the blogs or forum against another member will result in closure of the membership of the individual using the material.

Free or "lifetime" subscriptions which are not activated after 30 days or remain unused for more than a year may be deleted at the discretion of the site administrators without notice.

It is the users responsibility to ensure that they are using a Supported browser and that javascript is enabled and up-to-date.

Use of the CPALC website requires a permanent internet connection.

  • Registered members are allowed a reasonable number of different I.P. Addresses to allow for dynamic broadband “leases” and mobile use
  • Internet access or connections which reset the I.P. address on each use (e.g. 3g internet dongles) are not supported and may not work for registered members.

 

Support

  • Services are only available and delivered via this website no other options are available
  • Support is via the extensive written help
  • Support for the use of this site may be available via "WEBSITE SUPPORT" a ticket based help desk
  • No direct email support is available
  • No telephone services or support are available
  • Any attempt to contact a member of the CPALC team other than by the Help Desk may result in the immediate closure of the member's account without notice or refund

 

Directory Reviews

Using/submitting a Directory Review...

  • Reviews are moderated before publication
  • Reviews may not be used for debate, questions, support or any other purpose
  • Reviews may be edited before publication
  • Publication of a review may be declined without notice
  • Publication of reviews and any reply is solely at CPALC's discretion
  • There is a right to reply to a review by registered members who are logged into the site when replying
  • Anonymous replies to reviews will not be published
  • Reviews and replies are the opinions of their respective authors not the site owners or administrators
  • Councillors and clerks should not rate their own councils
  • The ratings may be reset and a penalty applied where this occurs
  • The decision(s) of the site administrator/moderators are final

 

Our definition of Debate Vs Support

Debate or discussion is nearly always OPINION based

Support is nearly always fact based or may in limited cases be based on appropriate user experience

If in the opinion of the site administrators or moderators a comment, blog or post contains a support type query the post(s) may be deleted without notice

The support forum is where direct questions (topics) are asked...

  • How do we do...?
  • When do we have to do...?
  • What do we do about...?

There may be a fine line between debate and support

 

Making a comment

Before submitting the comment, you agree that...

  • To accept full responsibility for the comment that you submit
  • This function is for comment and debate NOT support
  • All your posts will be on-topic
  • All your posts must be in English
  • You will not post links, images, videos or other digital media
  • To use this function only for lawful purposes
  • Not to post defamatory, abusive, offensive, racist, sexist, threatening, vulgar, obscene, hateful or otherwise inappropriate comments, or to post comments which will constitute a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability
  • Not to post or make available any material which is protected by copyright, trade mark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trade mark or any other proprietary right
  • Not to post, advertise or promote third party products or services
  • To evaluate for yourself the accuracy of any opinion, advice or other content

 

All comments are moderated before publication

  • Comments may be published, deleted or edited without notification
  • The decision(s) of the site administrator/moderators are final

 

Writing Blogs

Blogs are about experiences and events members wish to share...

  • They are for discussion and debate
  • They are not about requests for support and help
    • Such blogs will NOT be published
    • If you need help and support please use the support forums

 

Blog guidance and rules

  • Email addresses are not allowed in posts
  • Internal links to pages on the CPALC website are permitted
  • Do not link to other external sites, documents or software.
  • External links may be removed or posts deleted without notice by the site administrators
  • All posts must be in English.
  • Do not pretend to be, represent somebody else, others or their views.
  • Your views, opinions are personal to you. Posts in breach of this rule will be deleted and your account may be deleted.
  • No names please they will be removed.
  • Do not discuss illegal activities. Please do not expose us to any unnecessary legal liability.
  • Ensure that your blog is just that, a personal story or opinion.
  • Requests for help and support will not be published.
  • Use your own words. If you wish to use the words of somebody else, quote them, citing the source. Plagiarism is unethical and is illegal in many countries.
  • Use the blog to write articles, the forum is for support
  • Do not use a blog to report broken links please use the Help Desk
  • Choose an appropriate subject line. Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer. Do not use all caps and do not add false information just to get attention (e.g. ;read this or you will be arrested;).
  • No useless posts. This includes: Thread bumping, useless one liners, Flamewars, Trolling and Spamming
  • Do not link to any site that contains adult content, sexually oriented material or might otherwise be considered offensive
  • Any post containing an inappropriate link will be deleted and the poster may be banned without notice
  • Do not link to other sites documents. This is bandwidth theft or leeching. Any such links will be removed
  • In general do not link to other websites. Any such links may be removed at the discretion of the site administrators/moderators
  • Do not propose/link to any site that contains warez/copyrighted software/materials that can be downloaded illegally
  • Do not promote or advertise third party organisations, products, information, books in posts this is a form of spam. Advise another user by private message.

 

At all times:

  • Keep all blogs civil, and be courteous at all times
  • Insults directed towards other users or the site admins/moderators will not be tolerated
  • Coarse/insulting language will not be tolerated
  • No commercial advertising is permitted
  • Any posts deemed to be self promotion, advertising, or spam can and will be removed. NO SPAM - NO ADVERTISING eg. Posting and making references to products, organisations and websites is self promotion
  • This is not the place to settle a disagreement or to be a 'wall of shame'. Any posts deemed to be of this nature will be removed. Settle your disputes in private please.
  • Blogs are to be centred on Community, Parish and Town Council matters
    • They are not a place to promote ideological, religious, or political matters
    • All such discussions will be deleted/closed

 

All blogs are moderated before publication

  • Blogs may be published, deleted or edited without notification
  • The decision(s) of the site administrator/moderators are final
  • Abusers may be banned or have their memberships closed without notice or refund

 

Using The Forum

Introduction

It is important to remember that a forum is not used in real time like a chat room

  • All forum posts are reviewed (moderated) before publication to ensure that they have been posted to the correct part of the forum and comply with these rules
  • All information posted by users in forums and other communication channels is considered as automatically licensed to CPALC.org.uk as a donation .
  • There is a time lag before posts are visible to all
  • CPALC does not participate in the forum other than to occasionally provide links to site content
  • This it is felt allows for free dialogue between members
  • CPALC does not and will not comment on the site content
  • CPALC does not provide any form of legal advice.

 

Forum Rules

Please spend a few minutes reading the following, it may save you time later.

 

  • Only one account per person is permitted
  • Domain names in forum/login names are not allowed
  • Email addresses are not allowed in forum posts
  • Internal links to pages on the CPALC website are permitted
  • Do not link to other external sites, documents or software.
  • Links may be removed or posts deleted without notice by the site administrators
  • Wholly inaccurate or wrong replies to support questions may be deleted without notice
  • Keep all posts on-topic
  • All posts must be in English
  • Do not pretend to be, represent somebody else, others or their views
    • Your views, opinions are personal to you.
    • Posts in breach of this rule will be deleted and your account may be deleted
  • Do not discuss illegal activities.
    • Please do not expose us to any unnecessary legal liability
  • Check that your question has not been answered anywhere else on the site
  • Use the forum search feature
  • Post your comment/question to the most appropriate place
  • Any posts deemed to be in the wrong forum will be moved or deleted
  • Do not cross-post the same question to multiple places
  • Make sure you have read the parent article/post completely before posting a reply
  • Use your own words
  • If you wish to use the words of somebody else, quote them, citing the source
  • Plagiarism is unethical and is illegal in many countries
  • Do not use the forum to write articles, the forum is either for support or debate and discussion (if the debate forum is available)
  • Do not use the forum to report broken links or other site problems please use the Help Desk
  • Read the FAQs before posting
  • Your answer might already be in there. You can find them here: Click here for Forum FAQs...
  • Choose an appropriate subject line
  • Try to summarise the problem briefly in the subject, and elaborate in the message itself
  • Repeat the subject in the body if it will make things clearer
  • Do not use all caps and do not add false information just to get attention (e.g. ;read this or you will be arrested;). An example of a bad subject would be "HELP ME". A good subject might be, "Foo crashes when I do bar"
  • Do not use a URL as a thread title
  • Include as much information as you can when seeking help.
  • Nobody will be able to help you if you don't give sufficient detail
  • No useless posts. This includes: Thread bumping, useless one liners, Flamewars, Trolling and Spamming
  • Thank those who help you
  • Acknowledgement of a helpful suggestion not only placates those who helped you, it may also help others with a similar problem
  • All those who have been helped on this forum are invited to help other users by responding to their questions when they know the answer
  • Do not be rude to other members or the CPALC Team
    • Such behaviour will result in either a ban from the forum or site without notice or refund
  • Do not link to any site that contains adult content, sexually oriented material or might otherwise be considered offensive
  • Any post containing an inappropriate link will be deleted and the poster may be banned without notice
  • Do not link to other sites documents. This is bandwidth theft or leeching. Any such links will be removed
  • In general do not link to other websites. Any such links may be removed at the discretion of the site administrators/moderators
  • Do not propose/link to any site that contains warez/copyrighted software/materials that can be downloaded illegally
  • Do not promote or advertise third party organisations, products, information, books in posts this is a form of spam. Advise another user by private message.

 

Forum Signatures...

  • Must be setup in your Profile, and not manually added to your messages.
  • May NOT contain any images.
  • May not contain any pricing, sales, product etc. details.
  • May contain a maximum of two smilies. Or one animated smiley.
  • May not include URLs or email addresses.
  • May include two colors. Hyperlink color is set by the forum and is not counted as a color.
  • Maximum font size cannot be larger than normal.
  • Must be kept to a maximum of four lines (at 1024 screen resolution).
  • May not contain links to other threads or posts for the purpose of self promotion
  • Your signature is your signature. It is not for sale or rent.
  • Any signature or avatar that is offensive or insulting to either us, our members, or our staff, are prohibited.
  • We reserve the right to ask you to change and/or remove your signature or avatar at any time, for any reason.

 

At all times...

  • Keep all commentary civil, and be courteous at all times
  • Constructive criticism is welcome, but insults directed towards other users or the site admins/moderators will not be tolerated
  • Attack the idea NOT the person
  • Coarse/insulting language will not be tolerated
  • Such behaviour will result in either a ban from the forum or site
  • No commercial advertising or promotion is permitted
  • Any posts deemed to be self promotion, advertising, or spam can and will be removed.
  • NO SPAM - NO ADVERTISING eg. Posting and making references to products, organisations and websites is promotion or self promotion
  • This is not the place to settle a disagreement or to be a 'wall of shame'
  • Any posts deemed to be of this nature will be removed
  • Settle your disputes in private please
  • These forums are centred on Community, Parish and Town Council matters
  • They are not a place to promote ideological, religious, or political matters
  • All such discussions will be deleted/closed

 

All posts are moderated before publication

  • Posts may be published, deleted or edited without notification
  • The decision(s) of the site administrator/moderators are final
  • Abusers may be banned or have their memberships closed without notice or refund

 

 

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

Subscriptions fund the costs of hosting, developing, maintaining and securing this website

 

Membership is personal and non shareable or transferable to another person

Membership subscriptions cannot be transferred

Accounts and subscriptions are unique to a single individual person

Accounts and subscriptions are for personal use

Membership subscriptions acquired on this website are non-refundable and may not be cancelled before expiry

Confirmation of subscription is emailed on completion of payment to the member's registered email address

 

There are no group, corporate or business subscriptions

Where accounts and subscriptions are used within an organisation, business, charity or any other organisation that membership/account and password is personal and specific to the registered user and is not transferable or shareable

By purchasing any subscription you warrant that you are authorised to undertake the transaction and that you are personally liable for payment of all and any amount due

Sharing accounts, subscriptions, passwords or raising questions on behalf of others in the help desk may result in the immediate blocking or closure of that membership/account without notice or refund

 

A subscription entitles you to view subscription content subject to the Terms of Use

There is no implicit or explicit right to copy by any means any content on this site

All subscription services are delivered solely via this website no other options are available

No telephone services are available and all support regarding the use of the site is only via the on line support service (Help Desk)

Breaching these terms of use may result in the immediate closure of the account without notice or refund

 

PayCheck

  • These terms of use are an extension of the CPALC Terms of Use when subscribing to a PayCheck evaluation service
  • This is a web based only service delivered via the CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) website and is as described in the About PayCheck and Using PayCheck
  • Access to a PayCheck service requires a valid subscription and is limited to the period of that subscription which confers no additional rights
  • The service is without warranty implied or otherwise and only offers an evaluation and calculation of the relevant spinal points needed to calculate where a role may be on the NJC scale
  • You undertake to accurately and honestly answer the questions posed. The responses are not and cannot be validated by CPALC
  • It is your responsibility to have a PDF (Portable Document File) reader with which to access the evaluation results where and when available
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you can receive emails from admin@cpalc.org.uk. These emails are automatically generated for your records, do not reply to them
  • The price and details of the service may be changed without notice

 

HealthChecks

  • These terms of use are an extension of the CPALC Terms of Use when subscribing to a HealthCheck service
  • This is a web based only service delivered via the CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) website and is as described in the About HealthChecks and the individual HealthCheck descriptions
  • Access to a HealthCheck may require a valid subscription and is limited to the period of that subscription which confers no additional rights
  • The service is without warranty implied or otherwise
  • You undertake to accurately and honestly answer the questions posed. The responses are not and cannot be validated by CPALC
  • The price and details of each service may be changed without notice

 

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES PRICES AND TAXES

  • Prices displayed do not include sales taxes e.g. VAT
  • For sales in the European Union (EU), Value Added Tax is added at the then current U.K. rate at checkout time to the total and our VAT number is emailed after payment

 

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES PROMOTIONS

  • Any offered promotions, discounts, offers and coupons are valid only during the period of the promotion and may be subject to additional conditions and availability
  • Promotions are offered on the status of a members subscription at the time
  • Coupons must be entered before payment, and cannot be redeemed or refunded after payment
  • All offers are non-binding and CPALC reserves the right to change or withdraw any promotion at any time without notice

 

Events of Force Majeure

In no case and without prejudice shall we incur any liability for loss or damages resulting from events, occurrences, or causes beyond our reasonable control (“Events of Force Majeure”). Such Events of Force Majeure include – without limitation – acts of God, sector strikes, lockouts, riots, acts of war, earthquakes, floods, fire and explosions, governmental acts, telecom or Internet breakdowns, bugs in third party software, and any delay or failure, which is beyond our own reasonable control.