The People Skills Scoreboard Survey 2004, from the Employers' Organisation for local government, shows that 71.6% of the local government workforce is covered by Investors in People status, in contrast to 2001, when less than half of the workforce was covered.
Councillor Rory Love, chairman of the Employers' Organisation , said the general picture is encouraging, but more needs to be done.
"Workforce development plans are a key element of the three-year pay deal and the Pay and Workforce Strategy, yet the survey indicates that 22% of respondents haven’t started to develop one," he said.
"These plans are critical to measuring the effectiveness of the £350m currently spent on training and development.”
The full report can be downloaded at: www.lg-employers.gov.uk/skills/people/index.html