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Chairman’s Weekly Message
One of ADSO’s main priorities is to influence Central Government in areas that impact on our work. We have had some positive results recently with DCLG in relation to regulations they are either issuing or working on.
The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 relate to the dismissal of statutory officers of the Council. They will come into force on 11 May 2015. This is deliberately timed for after the elections in May as DCLG consider it appropriate that this matter be discussed in Councils post-election. The Regulations state that Councils’ standing orders must be amended at the first ordinary meeting after 11 May 2015, whenever that meeting takes place.
We have gone back to DCLG pointing out that if such matters are to be discussed at full Council, they will undoubtedly be in Part 2, so their wish for transparency will not be achieved. They have recently responded. They note that any consideration to dismiss a statutory officer will be dealt with in Part 2. However they go on to say that the dismissal process must support the principles of accountability and transparency. For instance, the process for inviting members of the panel must be made in an open and transparent manner. I think we would have done this anyway wouldn’t we – with or without the regulations?
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