Decision details

Member Induction and Development Programmes

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Democratic Services Manager delivered the report to the committee.

The Chairperson stated that he had requested feedback from his group in relation to the induction period, he shared that Members had advised him that they had found the marketplace experience useful.

The fluctuating attendance of members to member development sessions was raised with the chairperson suggested re-looking at the timings that training is conducted at and proposed conducting a survey. The DSM confirmed a survey on Member Development was already scheduled.

A member of the committee gave feedback about the Market Place event and made suggestions for improvement for such events and training in the future.

The manner in which training is conducted with suggestions for improvement was discussed between the Democratic Services Manager and other members.


The Democratic Services Manager (DSM) stated that in relation to the comments made by Members regarding the forward work programme, there had been a mention of Members having a report on the Councillor Portal. The data was being chased but was unavailable at this time. The portal team through the Customer Services team and ICT were having issues with providing the data.

The DSM assured Members that it was being chased and the Head of Partnership Services had provided assurances that they would look to make the report available in time for the next meeting in February 2023.

The DSM stated that there was a proposal in one of the meetings that some Members may have attended, to have a working group of members to look at the portal and test the various stages as it was still in development and there was a need for monitoring. She mentioned that she had suggested to the Head of Partnership Services and the Group Manager – Legal and Democratic Services that the working group could be represented by members of the Democratic Services Committee.

There was then a discussion between members on the best course of action to progress this proposal.


RESOLVED : The committee noted the report and appendices.


The committee agreed to identify additional Member Development topics to be included and prioritised in the overall development plan.


The Committee requested that:

·         The Member survey seek views on the timing of these Member Development sessions as well as the appropriateness of training thus far, accessibility and any potential gaps;

·         A Marketplace event would be useful sooner after future elections;

·         Consideration be given to various training techniques and methods to encourage Member involvement;

·         Chairs be considered for all training to ensure structure to the session and keep Members on track;

·         The DSM manager explore whether there is a way to monitor when recordings of training sessions have been viewed for those who may not be able to attend the actual session.



Publication date: 31/05/2023

Date of decision: 20/10/2022

Decided at meeting: 20/10/2022 - Democratic Services Committee

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