South Tyneside Council is now the proud recipient of a coveted North East Charter for Elected Member Development award. The local authority has been honoured with Charter status after successfully demonstrating four key elements during a recent visit.
The award was officially accepted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Eileen Leask at the meeting of Full Council.
The Council and member development officers from BT South Tyneside were praised for producing an excellent portfolio of evidence that subsequently led to the award being achieved.
The four objectives, South Tyneside Council professionally met to acquire the award were:
1. A commitment to developing elected members in order to achieve the Council's aims and objectives
2. A member led strategic approach to elected member development
3. That learning and development is effective in building capacity
4. Wider development matters that promote work-life balance and citizenship
The Council's award team also effectively demonstrated a willingness to accept external 'peer scrutiny of member development' and to share good practice with other local authorities and agencies.
The official verification visit was conducted by Councillor Malcolm Brain, Gateshead MBC and LGA Member Peer and Jill Rouse, North East Regional Employers' Organisation. The visit included ten half-hour interviews with Elected Members, Corporate Director and Officers responsible for Member Development (including BT South Tyneside Officers).
Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "The award demonstrates how South Tyneside Council is proactively establishing a culture of learning and development amongst its Elected Members. It shows that as a local authority we are always seeking new ways of improving the services we provide and the manner in which they are delivered.
"The award also identifies the positive ways in which South Tyneside Council communicates with fellow political counterparts and how we encourage residents from across the Borough, to get involved with important programmes such as citizenship. It will be a welcome reminder of our clear focus for the future."
For further information about the work of South Tyneside Council please visit www.southtyneside.info