Monday, 10 September 2012
Patronage and Favouritism!
The Labour leadership of Wrecsam Council are finding their feet and flexing their muscles and seeking to change the council's constitution to give Lead Members on the Executive Board (of whom 4 of the 7 are Labour) delegated powers to make certain decisions. Amongst the more controversial, is the delegated power granted to the Leader of the Council to authorise foreign trips and the power granted to the Lead Member to appoint Local Education Authority school governors where there are more nominees than vacancies and also to appoint council representatives onto the Fostering and Adoption panels. In the world of partisan politics like Wrecsam Council it doesn't take a lot to work out the likely consequences of such changes. The report that proposes these constitutional changes makes no mention of whether these delegated decisions will be recorded and publicly available or whether they will be restricted. Currently such decisions are made by the full Executive Board in open session and in the interests of openness and transparancy decision making should continue to be made by the full Executive Board.
Posted by Plaid Gwersyllt at 19:54