Councillors complain report gives them a “headache”

Do these graphics send you cross eyed?

Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 1:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 3:47 pm
Councillors say these graphs gave them a headache

Councillors have complained about a report packed full of charts and graphs, saying it makes their “head swim” and gives them a “headache”.

The children’s scrutiny board was discussing a report about pupil attainment and school performance but the mix of bar charts, colour coded dots, graphs and grids sent councillors dizzy.

Chairman Coun Mick Rooney said: “There’s a danger of getting bogged down with graphs and charts.

“I don’t have a brain that takes in this statistical analysis and it just gives me a headache.

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“This is personal because others may like statistics but I would prefer a written report that says these are the issues and here are our proposed solutions.”

Coun Mike Chaplin agreed and added: “My head is swimming looking at this.”

It’s not the first time Coun Rooney has raised an issue with reports. At a previous scrutiny meeting, he told officers: “I want to see all the documents in one place so we can have a proper look at it. Please do not do weblinks, I want paperwork, as personally weblinks annoy me.”

Officers say they will produce a written report instead.