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South East Charter for Elected Member DevelopmentCharter re-accreditation
Contents • Maintaining the Charter standard • Meeting the Charter Plus standard
Maintaining the Charter standard • Re-commitment – political and managerial leadership • Self assessment and action plan • Assessment • Charter award – scope what you need to do to achieve Charter Plus
Charter Plus – drive for improvement • Councils being reassessed • Need / desire for further challenge • Drive for continuous improvement • Changing expectations and ‘good practice’ in Member Development • Charter Plus framework available now
Emerging debate on councillor support • Actual time spent by councillors on their duties • Councillors Commission report • White Paper and LG Act 2009 • Need to encourage people to stand for election – Duty to Promote Local Democracy
How would it fit? • Existing Charter standard would remain • New standard would be more rigorous test • Only for councils being reassessed • Optional • Option of existing standard then Charter Plus or straight to Charter Plus
What’s new? • Five criteria remain – title of fifth would change – • Commitment to Member Development • Strategic approach • Learning and development plan in place • Effective in building capacity • Supporting councillors
Developments • Commitment • Sharing development across L/G tiers; policy and budget is reviewed • Strategic approach • PDPs linked to review and development of strategy role descriptions – pilot 360° assessment • Development plan • PDPs in place; 50-75%of councillors • 90% of councillors have adequate access to development • Effective in building capacity • Impact evaluation of events and programme • Mentoring arrangements
Supporting councillors • Individual support needs are assessed • Varying meetings and use of web casting • Promoting local democracy – web promotion / events • Charter Assessment-Include assessment interviews with partner organisations
Summary • Accreditation against existing standard • Accreditation Charter Plus • Existing standard then Charter Plus • Cost £2,500 Charter and Charter Plus