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New council leaders offered mentoring

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New leaders of councils where power has changed hands in the local elections are being offered five days of free mentoring by the Local Government Group.

Other local authority leaders with such experience are available to provide support within the first few weeks of a change of political control as part of the LGG’s new Taking the Lead approach to self regulation.

LGG chair Baroness Margaret Eaton (Con) said: “These are challenging times for council leaders who need to make tough and sometimes unpopular decisions following cuts to local authority budgets. Even experienced leaders can feel the pressure.

“Five days of free-of-charge peer support will help a new leader hit the ground running by offering an invaluable insight into the best ways to build relationships with senior council staff, engage communities and implement a policy agenda.”

The leader of Staffordshire CC, Cllr Philip Atkins (Con) received similar help when he took office in 2009.

“However confident or well planned you may think you are to face the challenges ahead when you take control of the council, you will find it helpful to have someone with experience and a view from outside your own council to offer support and friendly advice on other ways to tackle issues you may not have been aware of.”

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