Lichfield and Burntwood councillors want training in areas such as personal safety, public speaking and time management

Councillors in Lichfield and Burntwood have requested training in public speaking, personal safety and managing their time.

The requests for sessions were revealed in a report to Lichfield District Council’s employment committee.

Lichfield District Council House

Lichfield District Council House

The local authority has a budget of £5,000 a year for supporting the development of its councillors – but just 28 of the 46 members have replied outlining their training needs.

The most requested session was around commercialisation (12), while eight councillors requested data protection and freedom of information support.

Other requests were:

  • IT training (8)
  • Developing partnerships and community engagement (7)
  • Overview and scurtiny skills (5)
  • Speed reading (5)
  • Public speaking (4)
  • Managing time effectively (3)
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6 Comments

  1. 1Dog2Bones

    25th July, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Can these councils do anything right? This is yet more crap piled onto the mounting that’s been building up.

    Looking at the above, I can’t help but thing WTF are these idiots on about. If you need training on “Public Speaking”, “Community Engagement” & “Time Management”, you’re already a pretty S**t*y councillor.

    Blame your parties for not training you, not use tax money to train yourselves. The above skills are pretty much the basic skills for every job application. Also, they are very bloody easy to learn yourself.

    “IT Training”. It was mentioned a little while ago that some councillors do not own a computer, nor have broadband at home (What a s**t representation of today). I can understand a welcome pack, or a session of “The Basics of the council” when they are elected, but we’re halfway through their term ffs.

    Let’s face it, we have poor quality councils here. They got elected from national views, as well as some name recognition. Most of them are old and certainly out of touch with the overall public. Is it worth training those who could be voted out in 2 years, or could pass away?

    When the people you represent have smart phones, tablets and social medias. When they can post comments and share news. When we’re in the age of constant contact & information overload. Maybe you should put it upon yourself to learn these skills, and not reply on the state to train you (oh, yeah, how about that; Tory majority want to use tax to train themselves, but heaven-forbid allowing a welfare system that helps people get by. Austerity my arse!)

  2. Rob

    26th July, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Relevant points above.
    Some councilors still seem to think that the only way to communicate with the electorate is through surgeries.

  3. William

    26th July, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    @Rob, just out of curiosity, what would be your preferred method of communication with your council/ representative?

  4. John Griffin

    26th July, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Some councillors, parties and MPs can’t even be bothered to do that.

  5. Rob

    27th July, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    @William:
    No preference.

  6. Jen

    28th July, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Developing partnerships and community engagement made my day

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