Council job cuts putting too much power in politicians’ hands claim

Council job cuts putting too much power in politicians’ hands claim

Council job cuts putting too much power in politicians’ hands claim

First published in News

COUNCILS that get rid of their chief executives are putting too much power in one politician’s hands, according to a senior Conservative local politician.

Cllr Adrian Hardman, from Worcestershire County Council, said that, while he is in charge, his county will never follow the example of Wiltshire’s Tory bosses, who decided to do without their chief executive Andrew Kerr in 2011. Wiltshire now has three corporate directors who share administrative responsibility, while political leader Jane Scott is on record as saying: “The buck stops with me.

“This is an organisation which is led by politicians, not by officers.”

Cllr Hardman said: “I think actually looking after the delivery of services is quite different from democratic accountability.

“It also puts a lot of responsibility and power into the hands of one politician.”

Mr Kerr said at the time of his departure: "It's a huge shift in philosophy in how the council is led, and it remains to be seen whether that will be successful."

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11:28pm Sat 16 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

Mr Kerr said at the time of his departure: "It's a huge shift in philosophy in how the council is led, and it remains to be seen whether that will be successful."
It depends on how you measure 'success'. If you feel that cutting services while increasing council leaders and local MPs wages and expenses is acceptable then it has been a complete success.

As a footnote it may have escaped peoples notice but, we the public are now not given the opportunity to comment on all four local Tory MPs 'view from the commons' blogs. Which renders the 'view from the commons' as nothing more than an exercise in propaganda and brainwashing.
Mr Kerr said at the time of his departure: "It's a huge shift in philosophy in how the council is led, and it remains to be seen whether that will be successful." It depends on how you measure 'success'. If you feel that cutting services while increasing council leaders and local MPs wages and expenses is acceptable then it has been a complete success. As a footnote it may have escaped peoples notice but, we the public are now not given the opportunity to comment on all four local Tory MPs 'view from the commons' blogs. Which renders the 'view from the commons' as nothing more than an exercise in propaganda and brainwashing. karlmarx
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4:12pm Sun 17 Aug 14

gingin says...

"This is a council led by politicians not by officers"
Jane Scott on many occasions "the buck stops with me".

Well if the buck stops with her then why doesn't she show some compassion towards the youth and the pensioners instead of feathering her own nest.

Don't forget "we are all in this together and WC where everybody matters"

Two pieces of crap to the highest order!! Negative tick all you wish the truth hurts doesn't it?
"This is a council led by politicians not by officers" Jane Scott on many occasions "the buck stops with me". Well if the buck stops with her then why doesn't she show some compassion towards the youth and the pensioners instead of feathering her own nest. Don't forget "we are all in this together and WC where everybody matters" Two pieces of crap to the highest order!! Negative tick all you wish the truth hurts doesn't it? gingin
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