ABC Council achieves top Charter status for elected member development

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Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Cllr Julie Flaherty and NILGA Development Officer Fiona Douglas with elected members and council officers at the presentation of the Charter Level 2 Standard.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council achieves level 2 Charter status for elected member development, a quality standard recognising the council’s commitment to helping ensure good practice and continuous improvement for its elected members.

The Member Development Charter aims to improve councillor performance and help achieve council objectives by responding to corporate and strategic priorities, ensuring that councillors are supported to carry out their community leadership role in a complex and changing environment.

ABC Council first achieved Charter status in 2014 while it was still in shadow format. Since then, council officers and elected members have worked together to build on this best practice and not only have they retained the status, but they have been recognised by NILGA at level 2 – the highest level possible for this standard.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Julie Flaherty commented, “The Charter is a process rather than an event. Achieving the Charter means that our council has embedded the practices and processes for high quality member development into how our council functions well into the future.

“NILGA aims to have all councils reach Charter status and we are delighted to be part of an elite group of just three local authorities in Northern Ireland who have achieved the standard already.”

The Northern Ireland Elected Member Development Charter is similar to the Investors in People standard used by organisations to enhance and quality assure their workforce development practices. The Member Development Charter is designed specifically for the development of Councillors and ensures that the practices, processes and mechanisms required for member development are in place and working.