Thursday, 31 March 2011

Gosport Borough Council, red herrings and councillors

A SUSPENDED councillor is refusing to pay back thousands of pounds in allowances after claiming to have saved taxpayers £200,000.

Dave Smith is still being paid his general members’ allowance of £435 per month despite being suspended from Gosport Borough Council in March last year.

The suspension means he cannot attend council meetings or carry out his duties as a councillor. But a loophole means Mr Smith is still entitled to an annual sum of £5,220 in general members’ allowance.

My comment: The above is a red herring to hide the real story which is why he was suspended in the first place "In a report in The News in May 2009 Mr Smith later accused officers of corruption. He was then reported to the now-abolished Standards Board for England by the council’s chief executive Ian Lycett." Why can't a councillor call council staff corrupt if he thinks they're corrupt? He is a local taxpayers representative not the Chief Executive. This is a good example of why the Standards Board was abolished by Eric Pickles, because councillors and council staff were wrongly using it to bully and silence their critics.

Read the full story from the source The Portsmouth News

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