Ben Duckworth's post on the Total Politics local government blog pointed me in the direction of the Leadership Centre for Local Government.
Funded by the government it trains senior councillors and officers to be better equipped to do their job - very admirable.
It describes its work on lead councillors as:
Today’s leaders truly represent their localities. Thanks to the emphasis on place shaping and a convening role for all local public services, a council leader really does represent their place rather than just the public services that their authority might have previously delivered to the locality. What’s more there’s an increased emphasis on the community leadership role of frontline councillors. The Leadership Centre is spearheading leadership development work with politicians.
Perhaps training people to speak in plain English would be a help as well.
Still, churning out local politicians who talk such gobbledegook means there will always be work for people like me who get paid to translate it.