Councils short of cash for staff development

Local authorities are struggling to find the funding to
pay for vital staff training, according to research by Unison.

While 75 per cent of councils that responded to the survey
were trying to work towards Investors in People status, 51 per cent reported
that efforts were being hampered by a lack of resources.

“Even in those authorities working towards Investors in
People, resources remain a barrier to progress. It is understood and accepted
in the private sector that if you want to make successful changes, you have to
invest in the workforce,” said Kate Foley, national officer of Unison.

The survey also shows that the monitoring of workforce
training and development was only undertaken as part of the Best Value process
in 56 per cent of those councils surveyed.

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