Decision to be made over council training

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A DECISION is to be made over whether training for Portsmouth councillors should be improved.

Members will discuss on Friday the possibility of bringing in an enhanced induction programme for those newly elected to the role.

It is also recommended councillors support the need for training before gaining membership on a committee looking at issues such as scrutiny, licensing and planning rules.

The authority’s code of conduct could also be refreshed so members know how to behave with the public and other political colleagues.

It comes after Tory councillor Simon Bosher, head of the council’s complaints panel, pushed for changes in the council’s training procedures.

He has raised concerns about new councillors being thrown straight into the deep end the day after they are elected at the polls.

Guildford solicitor Richard Lingard has also produced a dossier saying he finds the behaviour of some councillors to be ‘childish’ – especially in their use of social media.

The issue of training will be debated by the council’s governance and audit and standards committee at a public meeting in conference room A of the civic offices from 2.30pm.