Support for review of ‘unfair’ Poole council decision-making process

CHANCE TO CHANGE: Poole Civic Centre

CHANCE TO CHANGE: Poole Civic Centre

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A REVIEW of Poole’s leader and cabinet decision-making process is set, with support being shown for a return to the committee system.

Cllr Sally Carpenter put forward a motion calling for an in-depth review of Borough of Poole’s decision making process, ‘with a view to reinforcing the democratic process and increasing transparency’.

The Poole People councillor said the current system was: “An unfair system, where only a minority of members actually make decisions and the majority merely make recommendations.”

She said with the council under no overall control, it seemed wrong to have a one-party executive. The council has 42 councillors with four political parties represented.

“It also puts the power in too few hands and leaves the majority of councillors with no authority whatsoever and very little idea of what is going on,” she said. “All councillors should be involved in decision-making.”

The current system was imposed on councils under the Labour Government she said, and now under the Localism Act there was the chance to change.

Calling for councillors’ support, she questioned whether it would not be more democratic and transparent to return to the committee structure, fairer for all members to be involved in decision and policy making and more cost effective. She cited the example of South Gloucestershire Council, which undertook a review and changed from a cabinet to committee system.

The principle of a review was supported by the council efficiency and effectiveness overview and scrutiny committee.

Chairman Cllr David Brown said in his report: “There was a consensus the council’s current decision making processes should be reviewed.”

The review was supported at full council.

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1:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

Bournemouth Council should do the same. Under John Beesley Bournemouth Council has become increasingly undemocratic.
Bournemouth Council should do the same. Under John Beesley Bournemouth Council has become increasingly undemocratic. BmthNewshound
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3:16pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Mad Karew says...

Sally is quite correct. The Cabinet system encourages an elitist and autocratic approach to running the Council, similar to the discredited Soviet system where the leader uses public funds to buy support and anyone who challenges is punished and quietly removed.

Reverting to more democratic system requires a public referendum, this time with all the options on the table unlike the Jules Joliffe campaign in 2000.
Sally is quite correct. The Cabinet system encourages an elitist and autocratic approach to running the Council, similar to the discredited Soviet system where the leader uses public funds to buy support and anyone who challenges is punished and quietly removed. Reverting to more democratic system requires a public referendum, this time with all the options on the table unlike the Jules Joliffe campaign in 2000. Mad Karew
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8:51am Thu 1 May 14

Carolyn43 says...

Mad Karew wrote:
Sally is quite correct. The Cabinet system encourages an elitist and autocratic approach to running the Council, similar to the discredited Soviet system where the leader uses public funds to buy support and anyone who challenges is punished and quietly removed.

Reverting to more democratic system requires a public referendum, this time with all the options on the table unlike the Jules Joliffe campaign in 2000.
We saw that during the TSP proposal earlier this year when a portfolio holder was removed from the cabinet because she upset the leader by actually representing her ward residents.
[quote][p][bold]Mad Karew[/bold] wrote: Sally is quite correct. The Cabinet system encourages an elitist and autocratic approach to running the Council, similar to the discredited Soviet system where the leader uses public funds to buy support and anyone who challenges is punished and quietly removed. Reverting to more democratic system requires a public referendum, this time with all the options on the table unlike the Jules Joliffe campaign in 2000.[/p][/quote]We saw that during the TSP proposal earlier this year when a portfolio holder was removed from the cabinet because she upset the leader by actually representing her ward residents. Carolyn43
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