Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Local Government Secrecy....PART 3
Latest update on my quest to get sight of the report relating to the review of Senior Management Posts within Hartlepool Council.
It's at times like these you realise how important it is to read the rules, or in the case of local councils, read the Constitution.
Reading this weighty document (its almost 2 inches thick, but only A5) I have discovered that Part 4, Paragraph 13 of the Council's Rules of procedure, under which I have been told I can't see the report, refers to exclusion of access by the PUBLIC to meetings.
However, I am seeking access to the information relating to the review of Senior Management Posts within Hartlepool Council, as an ELECTED COUNCILLOR. This is covered under Part 4 Paragraph 32, Additional Rights of Access for MEMBERS which identifies only two paragraphs, No:3 and No:6 (under Schedule 12A of the Local Government, Act 1972) as the only grounds for refusing access to the information.
As the Chief Solicitor has identified Paragraph 2 as the reason for refusal to release the information to me then this is NOT a permitted reason for keeping this information from a MEMBER of Hartlepool Council.
Ball back over the net!