Issue - decisions

Member Training and Development Plan

19/02/2021 - Member Training and Development Plan

The Council considered the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance providing further detail and seeking Members’ approval of a Member training and development plan (attached at Appendix A to the report).


The report provided an update on the suggested Member development plan and it was noted that the Local Government Association (LGA) had agreed to manage some of the initial training.  The revised training and development programme outlining expected course content and outcomes was set out at Appendix B to the report.


The Leader of the Council presented the report and proposed that the recommendations as set out in the report be agreed.  This was duly seconded.


Councillor R H Siddall proposed an amendment to recommendation (iii) removing reference to consultation with the Leader of the Council and replacing this with a Working Group comprising of the Leader of the Council and the Chairmen of all Committees.  This proposed amendment was duly seconded.


In response to a comment the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that all Member training was highly encouraged and reference to compulsory related to the requirements within the Council’s constitution for compulsory training for areas such as Area Planning Committees.


During the discussion that ensued a point of order was raised by Councillor A S Fluker.


Councillor Fluker proposed that recommendation (ii) be amended to replace the word attendance with training.  This was not supported.


The Chairman put the recommendations and amended recommendation (iii).  Councillor Siddall clarified that his proposal should include the Deputy Leader.  This was noted and the amended recommendations were duly agreed by assent.




(i)              That the Councillor Training and Development Plan as set out in Appendix A to the report, be adopted;


(ii)            that compulsory Member attendance where relevant, be agreed;


(iii)          that further scoping of the full course details be delegated to the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance, in consultation with a Member Training Working Group (made up of the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council and the Chairman of all Committees).