Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda

Memorandum by Torfaen Council Borough Branch (LAG 48)


  (a)  The new political structure (Cabinet style) appears to have left consultation with Trade Unions behind.

  (b)  Scrutiny has not worked—our comments would be that if the Scrutineer goes against the party line this may have consequences, is this democratic?

  (c)  Most Councillors feel completely isolated from what is going on except of course if you are one of the Cabinet.

  (d)  Cabinet meetings are called with no set dates (as and when) with the Trade Union unable in some cases to make a response to the proposals. In some, 120 page document is produced the day before. How can the Branch Officers meet and discuss such a large document that is produced in such a willy nilly way.

  (e)  Nobody seems to challenge what is excluded from press and public as defined in paragraphs 7, 9, 10 and 11 of Part One of Schedule 12A, Local Government Act 1972. This should be scrutinised as it can be misused.

  (f)  Industrial Relations have suffered as a result of Cabinet style and the rush to be in the top quartile of the Best Value league.

  Decisions are made by a few about the many with not too much time given to transparency and proper consultation.

Tom Sexton Branch Secretary

February 2000

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