Authority wins award for training councillors to be better

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Your borough council has joined an exclusive club for the quality of training and development given to the members you elect.

Boston Borough Council is one of just14 authorities out of 46 in the East Midlands to qualify for a Councillor Development Charter.

The award recognises the development of its elected members and is committed to continued development to better help them fulfil all their roles.

At the heart of the process is a councillor development group, which is cross-party and monitors progress made.

It is chaired by Coun Michael Brookes, who is also joint deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for performance and improvement.

He said: “Gone are the days when councillors got elected and just turned up at meetings.

“There is a much more professional approach now, and the granting to the borough council of the charter gives the public confidence that their councillors will be more effective, that they will represent their constituents better and have undertaken a lot of training to do their job.”

An assessment team of East Midlands council officers and councillors visited the borough council to conduct interviews with councillors and officers for the final stage of the process which had included self-assessment and submission of a portfolio of evidence.

The council committed itself to the charter challenge in 2010 and met a pledge made in January to achieve accreditation by the end of 2012.