Doncaster Council has come under fire for organising drug intervention courses for elected members.
The sessions are being put in place because the authority – like other councils across the UK - has taken over responsibility for commissioning drug and alcohol misuse services from the NHS.
One councillor feels the plan is not a good idea.
Coun Martin Williams told the Free Press: “It’s a daft idea. We’re councillors, not social workers.
“It does seem like a daft idea – there are much better things I could be learning as a councillor.”
The courses are voluntary and take place on October 1 and 3.
The sessions cost £17.50 plus VAT per elected member – should all 63 of the borough’s councillors sign up the bill would top £1300. The cost is being met from the council’s public health grant for substance misuse services.
Coun Williams added: “I can think of many better ways to spend this money.
Councillor Pat Knight, Doncaster’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “The training is based on training that is delivered across Doncaster. “The training will give elected members a better understanding of issues being raised in their communities and help them respond to the needs of people more quickly.”