Council’s £4,500 training bill

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MANAGERS from South Kesteven District Council stayed overnight at Stoke Rochford Hall conference centre near Grantham this week during a training course.

The council paid £4,500 for the group of 29 managers to attend the course and stay overnight.

A council spokesman told the Journal that the managers had agreed to start early and finish late in order to compress a three-day course into two days, hence the decision to stay overnight. The spokesman said the two days’ training with overnight stay worked out cheaper than using the conference facilities for three days.

Interim head of human resources and customer services Sue Griffiths said: “The Council is a multi-million pound business serving more than 132,000 residents in the district and it is good practice for us to make sure that our managers are fully skilled to be able to meet the challenges all local authorities are facing in these difficult financial times.

“We are very lucky to have managers at this council who were willing to give up their own time so that what is normally a three-day training programme could be condensed into two days and so minimise the time people were away from their normal work.”