Headlines: October 29th, 2001

A new initiative aims to teach new councillors in London how to see the bigger city picture as well as grapple with the concerns for their own boroughs.The London 2002 Programme aims to prepare a large batch of new councillors expected to be elected next year. Retirement and electoral changes mean that there is likely to be a large influx of newcomers, who will need to understand and work within a regional, sub-regional and borough context.

The programme will include opportunities for members to participate in training within their own authorities, attend meetings on common issues of concern at sub-regional level and briefings organised by the Minister for London, the Association of London Government (GLA), London’s Mayor and the Greater London Authority.

Councillors will learn about performance monitoring, e-governance, partnerships and community leadership, ethics and probity and Member/Officer relationships. The London Programme 2002 will also be open to existing members who wish to update their knowledge.

Several authorities including Barnet, Islington, Waltham Forest, Haringey, Croydon and Merton have already expressed interest in the scheme which needs ten London boroughs to sign up by 16 November to reduce overall costs to those participating.

The programme is run jointly by the GLA and the IDeA, the organisation set up by Government to lead improvement in local government.

Link: www.idea.gov.uk