Continuing on from a post entitled: - Councillor Training sessions – Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council I am very frustrated at the lack of willingness to attend training sessions by virtually all of the other councillors on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
From the latest round of training events everything that I was booked to attend has been cancelled due to lack of interest. This simply will not do. One event has been re-arranged because of the kindness of a training provider and the training staff have promised me that they will make every effort to get other councillors to attend. Their frustration is evident as well as my own but there is nothing that they can do to compel councillors to attend.
Training is elective, not compulsory.
I think that it should be compulsory for councillors to attend at least the training sessions that relate to the committees upon which they serve. Even elected members who have been in their role for years have no excuse because rules and regulations, council structures and staff change. It is a good thing for councillors to be as up to date as possible.
I have raised this point in the council house but no-one from the main parties seems to be bothered. It is apparently quite normal for councillors to not attend anything to do with training.
I am not just reporting this out of frustration. I do believe that you, the voting public, need to know so that you can make better informed choices at the next election.