Councillor Development Charter / Charter Plus

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The London Member Development Charter (LMDC) recognises authorities that provide a robust, structured framework designed to help the authority enhance and hone member development.  It is a joint accreditation with LG Improvement and Development (formerly known as IDeA) and valid for three years. The LMDC will be delivered by South East Employers on behalf of London Councils.

So far four councils in London are committed to the Charter:

  • LB Barking & Dagenham (Charter Plus)
  • LB Brent (Charter Plus)
  • LB Barnet
  • LB Redbridge

If your borough is interested in achieving the Charter, please contact

There are four elements to the Charter for which evidence needs to be provided. It is not based on competencies of councillors. 

  1. Commitment to member development
  2. Strategic approach to member development
  3. Learning and development is effective in building capacity
  4. Supporting members

For more information including case studies from councils who've achieved the Charter, visit

Member Development Charter - Case study - Barking & Dagenham (PDF)

Member Development Charter - Case study (exec summary version) - Brent (PDF) 

Member Development Charter - Case study in full - Brent (PDF)

The Member Development Charter and Charter Plus guidance 2017

The Member Development Charter - Self-assessment template 2017

The Member Development Charter Plus - Self-assessment template 2017

Charter Values


London Member Development Network 

The London Member Development Network (LMDN) assists preparations for the development of new and existing members. The Network’s aim is to kick-start boroughs’ plans for induction of new members, support, initiate and encourage a longer term approach to member development across London boroughs.  It meets three times a year and is currently chaired by Fiona Jamieson, LB Barking & Dagenham.

To contact the Network, please email