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Anger over controversial training scheme


"Last year Suffolk County Council splashed out £400,000 on a “leadership development programme” ~The authority came under fire at the time amid claims the money could have been better spent on services for the people of Suffolk."

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Garry Platt

2 Responses

  1. Horses for Courses
    It’s obviously not a great idea right now for any council to be splashing out huge sums of money for something – that to the average ratepayer in the street – appears to be pretty nebulous.

    Actually a £1K per head per year training budget for staff is not particularly outrageous. I work in the voluntary sector and in my organisation we have a training budget of around £750 per head per year. So why didn’t they just deal with it as part of their internal development programme?

    Of course, there is no justification for not explaining why that big lump of public money (i.e. OUR MONEY) was spent they way it was. The cheapest tender is not necessarily the best value but there is no reason not explain this to your constituents.

  2. It’s politics
    IMHO this isn’t really about training. This is politics, and this course is just the stick to beat somebody with.

    The learning for me (thanks Gary, I always learn something from your posts!) is that we ignore the political landscape at our peril. So, using NLP might be good, but perhaps referring to it as NLP was a mistake, given the controversy this topic seems to throw up so often!




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