I went to my first Corporate Services Select Committee this week
Only to discover (as I already suspected) that the bulk of my shadowing role of the Exec Member for Ethical Governance would be better served at Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee. I asked the Chair for clarification about where I would be best sitting, given that this is a new role not just for me but for the council as a whole. Paula Keaveney, the new Exec Member confirmed that 90% of her work would figure at O&S rather than Corporate Services.
So once again the LibDem administration has made a right old mess of their plans.
First they say one thing, then they say another.
Interestingly they were originally saying that O&S should be the home only of Chairs and Deputy Chairs of other Select Committees and we in the Labour Group had faithfully followed this. But now we learn that the LibDems have distinctly not followed this, and they have other councillors representing them.
But for my part, I now have to find a way to swap or move to the committee I should be on.
Rearrange these words into a more recognisable order, - chocolate, brewery, knees-up, fire-guard, brothel, tea-pot, piss-up.....
Don't hold your breath, I may well be on the entirely wrong select committee for months to come.
Meanwhile, we were presented with some really dreadful reports. Health and Safety is in a right old mess, they have put back some important reports and report-backs into some serious hazards by up to a year, and the HR report was a shining example of abject failure to deliver.
And I say that from a position of some expertise
The sooner this lot are out of power the better!