28th March 2013
Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please refer to the following link to a document on the
This refers to a Council Excellence Overview and Scrutiny Committee
held on 26th March 2013.
Please scroll down to Appendix 2 of the document titled “Elected
Member Development”. This highlights elected member attendance for
various training sessions and gives a breakdown as follows:
Attendance at Elected Member Training Sessions July
2012 – March 2013
Number of Elected Members
Number of Sessions Attended
12 – 16
6 – 11
1 – 5
Please identify by name and ward the anonymous councillors
indicated in each of the four separate parts.
There is a strong public interest in being made fully aware e.g.
which 8 councillors (12%) attended 12 to 16 sessions, and by the
same token, which 7 councillors (10%) failed to attend ANY of the
16 training sessions.
Being in a position to track the behaviour of elected public
servants is an important lynchpin to the democratic process. It is
vital that members of the public, whether politically engaged or
not, can receive this kind of guidance to inform their future
Please respond in a timely fashion and within the 20 working days
permitted by law.
This one goes to the heart of local democracy. I will keep you updated on the Wirral response….. as time goes by……..
UPDATE 23rd April 2013