What else are we not be­ing told?

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Ed­i­tor, A lit­tle over six months ago, the Post ran the head­line ‘Why is Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil so ad­dicted to se­crecy?’ in the wake of at­tempts to prize in­for­ma­tion out of the coun­cil re­lat­ing to last sum­mer’s bin strike.

With the threat of yet more in­dus­trial ac­tion on the way be­cause of al­leged se­cret pay­ments, it seems the Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion has still to mend its ways, de­spite re­peated calls from the Govern­ment-ap­pointed Im­prove­ment Panel, the op­po­si­tion and back­benchers to be more trans­par­ent.

We now have the ridicu­lous sit­u­a­tion where a mem­ber of Cllr Ian Ward’s own Cab­i­net is hav­ing to use the me­dia to ask that in­for­ma­tion is re­leased into the pub­lic do­main be­cause he can­not get his own leader to do so.

With the pub­lic largely re­liant on leaks and in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism for in­for­ma­tion on the coun­cils deal­ings, you have to ques­tion just what else they are hid­ing.

Cllr Ewan Mackey, Sut­ton Rough­ley Ward

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