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.