I must ensure our council is efficient

Sally Slade
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CABINET CALL: By Coun Sally Slade

This is my first column for The Spalding Guardian, after joining the cabinet following the elections in May.

Councillors are rarely reticent with their opinions, so their feedback is generally frank and useful!

I now have the rather longwinded title of Portfolio Holder for Legal, Performance and Democratic Services, so what does this actually mean?

As the name suggests, it’s a wide ranging list of responsibilities, but the key word is ‘Performance’.

I am responsible for ensuring that the council is performing and functioning at its most effective and efficient level.

This includes the performance of all council employees, both officers and councillors.

It also means providing our staff with the necessary skills and equipment to do the job.

As far as skills are concerned, all councillors are currently taking part in an extremely thorough induction programme.

Although it has been designed primarily for new councillors, I have attended many of the sessions, as have several other returning councillors.

Inevitably, some of the sessions cover ground that we already know, but I have found it to be a very interesting refresher course.

As a result, I am confident that the latest intake of councillors will be well prepared for whatever public life throws at them over the next four years.

The next step will be to review the induction course and to incorporate improvements into future sessions.

Councillors are rarely reticent with their opinions, so their feedback is generally frank and useful!

Councillors will also be offered ongoing training during their time in office, some of which is tailored to suit their specific needs.

Some training is compulsory – for example you cannot be on the planning committee without first having undertaken the necessary training.

The new councillors are currently finding their feet and, being new to the 
cabinet, I am in the same boat.

I have already had several introductory meetings with officers and other cabinet members and have more to come.

I am particularly looking forward to spending an afternoon with our Customer Services team, learning how we help residents on a daily basis, and will report back on that next time.

Previously...

We must find new income to fund services