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Hertsmere Borough Council given charter award
Hertsmere Borough Council has been recognised for its work with councillors with a prestigious award.
The council has been granted an East of England Charter for Elected Member Development from the East of England Local Government Association.
The nationally recognised mark is awarded to local authorities committed to the development of elected members, and have a strategic approach to their training and support.
As part of the assessment process, a four-person panel, which included a project manager from a public sector employers’ organisation, spent a day grilling councillors on their development and training.
Councillors were asked about the kind of training and support they received, how they were kept informed of new legislation, how they handled case work, their internal knowledge of the authority and their understanding of planning and licensing procedures.
The council’s leader Councillor Morris Bright said he was delighted the council had been recognised.
The Conservative representative said: “It is recognition of all the hard work which goes in to ensuring councillors receive the highest level of support and training, so that in turn our residents can receive the best advice and support.
“I hope this award will encourage more people to consider becoming councillors. As an elected member of a local authority you can play a vital role in your community, often tackling the issues that matter most to people.”
The Charter award will be reassessed after three years.
Hertsmere Borough Council joins St Albans City and District Council, and Dacorum Borough Council, which have also achieved charter status.