Charter to improve the skills of councillors

Training and support for councillors is top of the agenda at Rother District Council after the authority renewed its commitment to the South East Charter for Member Development.

Prior to a meeting of the council on Monday, February 24, group leaders and the authority’s two Executive Directors, Tony Leonard and Malcolm Johnston, signed a recommitment of the South East Charter for Member Development.

The Charter provides a robust, structured framework designed to help the council enhance and hone the skills and knowledge of their councillors.

The district council was first awarded to the Charter in 2008 and is seeking to renew this in later this year when the current three year award expires.

Signing a recommitment demonstrates an interest by all political parties in ensuring members reach their full potential and are able to better serve their communities.

Councillor Robin Patten, Deputy Leader and Chairman of the member Development Task Group, said: “In today’s complex world of local government and partnership working, it is essential that elected members have the necessary skills and support to enable them to achieve aspirations and wishes of the communities they serve.

“Recommitting to the Charter means that we will have a continuous structured process to ensure that all 38 councillors that make up Rother District council have access to the necessary support and training to achieve these important objectives.

“It will be more crucial to maintain the current level of support during 2015, as this will be the district council’s election year with a number of new candidates potentially being elected as members for the first time.”