Lack of support for anti-bullying course

January 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

JUST weeks after a senior councillor was suspended for breaching the code of conduct, a dignity at work training course for councillors has been cancelled because not enough signed up.

The workshop was due to take place on Thursday, January 28, and was designed to raise awareness of the council policy covering bullying and harassment and what was appropriate behaviour. But the two-hour course at County Hall was cancelled when only eight councillors signed up.

That was just days after an Adjudication Panel for England announced the suspension in February of Cllr Patrick Joyce after he breached the code of conduct over his handling of former colleague Anne Bishop’s Craven Court planning application.

He was found to have breached sections of the code about compromising the impartiality of officers and attempting to use his position in a way to confer an advantage, bringing the authority into disrepute.

The panel did not find him guilty of breaching anti-bullying rules in the code. He and Cllr Vanessa Churchman, who was found guilty of not declaring an interest in relation to the same matter, were both told to  undertake further code of conduct training.

Cllr Geoff Lumley, who was one of the councillors to sign up for the course, said he was surprised at the lack of interest from colleagues.

“Bullying has been a long-running problem at the Isle of Wight Council. It is something that has been raised in staff survey after staff survey,” said Cllr Lumley.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk
From Isle of Wight County Press

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