Coun­cil meet­ing re­duc­tion

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

TORY County Coun­cil bosses have been con­demned after they voted to re­duce the num­ber of Full County Coun­cil meet­ings from six a year to just five.

Re­spond­ing Lib Dem Fi­nance spokesman County Coun­cil­lor Michael Mul­laney said “The Tory lead­er­ship have taken an axe to ac­count­abil­ity and democ­racy. We have a cabi­net sys­tem that con­cen­trates power in the hands of a small num­ber of cabi­net mem­bers.

“Full Coun­cil meet­ings are the one op­por­tu­nity where the en­tire coun­cil can chal­lenge de­ci­sions of the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Many bor­ough coun­cils and even many parish and town coun­cils have 12 full coun­cil meet­ings a year. Given the huge pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the county coun­cil it’s out­ra­geous that they should have cut the meet­ings from the al­ready fairly low fig­ure of six a year to just five.”

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