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18 February 2011

Charter recognises Councillor Development

The East Midlands Councillor Development Charter has been developed with the help and support of other regions in the country and Local Government Improvement and Development (IDeA as was).

The purpose of the Charter is a vehicle to improve the corporate performance of local authorities, through the development of its councillors.

Local authorities in the region who are dedicated to meeting the needs of their communities must also be committed to developing their councillors to enable them to effectively engage in the modernisation of local government.  The evolving local government agenda has placed an increasing emphasis on an authority’s need to rethink their approach to councillor learning and development and ongoing support to the councillor role.

As a consequence, many local authorities have gone a long way in developing councillor Learning and Development Strategies, Policies and Programmes.  The approach, levels of commitment and progress, however, varies considerably across the region.

The East Midlands Charter has been based on a national template, but written to reflect the culture of the region.  It has a clear process for accreditation set against a framework of standards of good practice for all councils to aspire to and achieve.  The achievement of the standards is recognised by an accreditation process and public acknowledgment of the success of the authority is demonstrated at an annual celebration event.

Cllr. David Parsons, Chair East Midlands Councils, said of the Charter 'The best Councils are those where the role of elected members is properly recognised and developed.  The Councillor Development Charter recognises that and we are delighted to be presenting the awards today.' (18th February 2011)

The councils that have achieved the Charter and were presented with it on the 18th February 2011 are:

Blaby District Council; High Peak Borough Council, Mansfield District Council and Nottingham City Council.

Councils in the East Midlands that have already achieved the Charter are:

Kettering Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council, Ashfield District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council .


For further information about the Charter and the support available for Member Development from East Midlands Councils please contact Lisa Butterfill or Moira Hunt on 01664 502620

East Midlands Councils

As a representative and consultative forum, East Midlands Councils is the voice for all Local Authorities in the East Midlands

It represents 46 councils, covering an area of over 6000 square miles with a population of 4.4 million people.


Jon Whowell, Communications. East Midlands Councils

Tel 01664 502 620, Mobile 07780 923439.  E-mail:

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