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Taxpayers to help foot the bill for Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd's US trip
Hertfordshire taxpayers will contribute £1,500 towards sending police and crime commissioner, David Lloyd, on a five-day leadership course in America next month.
The event itself is organised by the Local Government Leadership Centre, but the bill for councillor Lloyd’s flight and accommodation, totalling £1,500, will be footed by the Hertfordshire residents.
The course, part of the "Future Vision" programme, will take place in Boston, and will draw on experts from the nearby Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Councillor Lloyd said he was hoping to bring back new ideas from the course, to help further work that is already under way between the police, statutory partners and communities across Hertfordshire.
He added: "It’s quite an honour to be in the first cohort of this new organisation, there are a wide range of people involved in this, from local housing, to diplomats, and chief executives of large councils.
"When you go outside of your locality you can better reflect on what you’re doing locally, and part of that means going overseas.
"In terms of accommodation and transport it makes sense that people locally pick up the cost for it. That’s the way that most things in local government work.
"It’s not about a jolly, it’s about hard work."
The Local Government Leadership Centre is a registered charity which is paid for by central government. It was established to help local councils in England improve their political leadership.
The total cost of the Future Vision project comes to just over £70,000. Support for this initiative has also come from a number of private sector companies, such as British Telecom, EC Harris and PWC.
In its own publication, the Local Government Association praised the project, stating "when times are tough and money is tight, it is often difficult for leaders of local authorities to be seen to be investing time and resource into their own development."
In total, Local Government Leadership Centre will spend £201,512 this year on various charitable activities, in addition to £33,988 worth of "support costs".
A survey of LGA members undertaken in November last year suggested that 63 per cent of members were satisfied by the charity’s services.
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