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APPENDIX II

MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL

 

REPORT OF THE HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES/DEMOCRATIC SERVICES

 

MEMBERS DEVELOPMENT BUDGET 2016/2017

 

Includes items from previous years and ongoing commitments (costs are approximate)

 

Activity

No’s 

Further details

Cost

Planning

General Planning Committee Training

 

 

 

 

 

All committee members and substitute members and open to all members

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish members will be invited to some sessions at some point throughout the year

 

Essential Planning awareness and refresher training for all members delivered by internal officers, covering:

       Planning Induction

       River Medway Cycling Scheme

       Developing and Determining Planning Applications

       Conditions and reasons for refusal and S106

       Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans, NPPF and NPPG

       Enforcement

       Transport and Heritage

       Further CPD Sessions (TBC)

 

When new legislation is introduced our internal officers will ensure that all members of the committee and substitute members are kept up to date and will carry out briefings/workshops as necessary with the support of Learning and Development.

 

Officer time only

 

 

 

Planning Tour

 

 

 

 

Localism in relation to planning

Committee, Subs,

 

 

 

 

All members/

Parishes

This is a tour of local planning sites and is used as a learning tool through observation and discussion. The tour of planning sites is part of the MBC Constitution’s Planning Code (Section 13).  The Planning Code states that this tour has to be arranged at least annually.

 

The areas from the Localism Bill that impact on Planning will be shared with members as and when they emerge. Sessions will be developed with officers and members of the planning committee as appropriate.

 

 

Cost only related to expenses

 

 

 

Officer/member time only


Licensing

Licensing Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Training Event

 

All committee

Members & subs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Induction for new members plus an on-going requirement to update committee on legislation, often also complimented by briefings by officers.

 

There will be two parts to the training each running for 2 to 2.5 hours.

 

Part one – Licensing Act 2003, Regulatory Framework and Hackney Carriage/Private Hire

 

Part Two - Gambling Act 2005, Street Trading and Sex Establishments.

 

One Spokesperson of Licensing to attend the annual conference for Licensing which updates on new legislation and best practice. Upon return disseminate all relevant information and learning points to members utilising the mechanisms as highlighted in the Member Development Policy.

 

Officer time only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£495 (for full residential 2 days 2014 costs)

 

Audit

Audit Committee Training

 

Audit committee members and subs

Audit Governance and Standards Induction

 

 

Officer time only

 

Housing and Communities

Housing

Open to all members

Briefing sessions for 2016-2017 are likely to include the Housing and Planning Act 2016 as details become available

 

Officer time only

 

Safeguarding Training

Open to all members

The safeguarding policy, practice and training across the Council was reviewed in 2015-2016, and it is likely that training will be required to ensure knowledge and understanding is up-to-date. This training will be met through briefings provided by Officers and some external training will also be required.

 

Officer time

£750

 


Finance

Local Government Finance

 

Open to all members

Internally run briefings on local government finance. 

·         Finance and Budget briefing

Officer time

Other Briefings

Other Briefings

 

Open to all members

Briefings facilitated internally by the appropriate Service Unit:

·         Devolution

·         Low Emissions Strategy

 

Officer time

 


Conferences

LGA Conference

Leader

The Leader to attend this conference, if the Leader is unable to attend then a sub will be selected.

 

£495 PP

+ accom expenses and workshops (£1000)

 

LGA Annual Rural Conference

 

1

One member to attend

£229

LGA Leadership Essentials in Cultural Services

1

Cllr Pickett to attend 2016-2017

Fully subsidised by LGA

General

LGA

Leadership

Academy

 

1 councillor in a leadership position or with leadership potential

 

One Member to attend this training and upon the agreement of all Group Leaders

 

£1250

Inductions for new members

All new members

(open to all members)

·            Essential points in the Constitution

·            Decision making at Maidstone Borough Council

·            Protocols for Committees and Council meetings

·            Responsibilities under the Code of Conduct

·            Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests

·            Responsibilities as a Council under the Data Protection Act

Officer time only and some expenses (£125)

 

General Training

Offered to all members

 

General

Chairing Skills

 

£3000.00

 

 

Member Personal Development Planning sessions are also on offer to any member delivered by the Mid Kent Learning and Development Manager.

 

In addition - other training sessions that are included on the Corporate Training Calendar are also on offer to members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total currently allocated

 

Budget for 16/17

£6,849

 

£10,600