You may remember that, when the borough council declined to provide us with its written procedures for making financial awards to the chief executive, we eventually referred our request to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The ICO has now decided that it IS in order for the council to neither confirm nor deny that such procedures exist. (Click HERE if you want more detailed information). If the council confirmed or denied their existence, apparently it might prejudice the not-yet-completed investigation into the ‘additional duties allowance’ given to the chief executive.
It is now seven months since this investigation was started. It seems clear to us that it does not take seven months to find out the facts of what happened. If there was some definite ‘undesirable’ action, it should not take seven months to initiate corrective action. So, in view of what amounts to an endorsed ‘no comment’ by the council, we conclude that there is an on-going dispute between the council and those involved.
What irks us is that, during most of those seven months, the chief executive seems to have been on extended leave while, presumably, receiving full pay. Yet we now have a situation when many residents in the borough have lost their jobs and are desperate for support. Those who are wasting the council’s much-needed money at such a time should hang their heads in shame.