More Training Needed For Councillors In Scilly

wesleyan chapel 3There needs to be more training for Scilly’s councillors, so they understand their role and what is expected of them.

That’s the view of Cllr Steve Sims, who was elected last May.

Steve says without formal training he’s had to pick it up as he goes along.

Scilly’s Council is unique in that councillors are independents. They don’t affiliate with political parties, so they can’t tap into a support and advice structure that most elected members on the mainland could rely on.

Recently, Green party supporters argued that the back-up and advice that party affiliation would offer could benefit local members.

But the electorate wasn’t convinced enough to break from the islands’ tradition of party- free politics, with some locals speaking out against the change.

Cllr Sims says some members have now been given guidance, including a session on financial statements, which he says was invaluable.

And he says they’ll also be offered some training in the role of a councillor, standards and data protection.

Steve says this is “part of a process that should drag the Council out of the 1950’s.”

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