Councillor part of Ghana project

A DISTRICT and county councillor has been involved in a ground-breaking new project in Africa.

Lincolnshire Independent councillor Marianne Overton of Welbourn was one of just five councillors from across the country to take part in the six-day project in Ghana, returning to the UK on Sunday July 22.

Coun Overton said: “This project is international recognition that England and Wales are the leaders in this field of improving local government, and the Local Government Association does that work.

“The LGA represents almost all local councils above parish council level. That is 419 councils in all, representing 50 million people and spending £120bn per year. I was honoured to be re-elected as vice-chairman this year.

“I am honoured to be selected as the lead councillor representing England and Wales on this project. The process makes us think through the ‘recipes of success’ and crystallise useful ideas which will bring benefits to us in Lincolnshire.”

The visit saw the five councillors examine how the Ghanaian councillors are meeting the needs of the people they represent and how their LGA supports their local government and the people they represent.

In Ghana, the councillors stand as independents and it is seen as important that they work together to improve quality and to influence their national government.

Coun Overton added: “The trip was very interesting and a real eye-opener in many ways, without the social services system allocated, the local LGA are under huge pressure to provide care and suport for the people directly.”