Plucky Jo's exam success puts council on quality path

PUBLISHED: 15:47 11 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 11: BUDLEIGH Salterton Town Council clerk Jo Vanstone is celebrating gaining a certificate in local council administration. The certificate means Mrs Vanstone is now qualified to advise the council in all aspects of their work. Mrs Vanstone was awarded the ce

BUDLEIGH Salterton Town Council clerk Jo Vanstone is celebrating gaining a certificate in local council administration.The certificate means Mrs Vanstone is now qualified to advise the council in all aspects of their work.Mrs Vanstone was awarded the certificate of competence after completing 65 hours of work and putting together a 25-part portfolio.She began putting her portfolio together in July, 2006 and completed it in April this year.She had to prove her competence in dealing with the roles and responsibilities of the council, law and the council's powers, finance, accounting and budgeting, planning matters and the role of local government within the community.Mrs Vanstone said: "There is more to being a town clerk than the average person on the street appreciates. On top of this I manage the Public Hall and the allotments and have just agreed to become the designated premises supervisor for the hall when we change the premises licence to include the sale of alcohol - which means more courses and exams."I have had to make a few changes to the way certain procedures were carried out but I think it is good to keep an eye on what you are doing. Compiling the portfolio has made me think about how the town council is run and I feel quite proud of my achievement."One of the criteria a council must pass when applying for Quality Council Status is to have a qualified clerk - if Budleigh Salterton Town Council ever decided to go for this I don't want me to be the one standing in its way.

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