Tuesday, 10 May 2011

U-turn over plans to gag councillors

A GAGGING policy drawn up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council officers to limit what councillors can say to the media has been axed in a U-turn sparked by complaints from members.

A copy of the 'media protocol' presented to all 44 councillors elected last week, designed in part to prevent information being handed to the media, was leaked to The Sentinel.

It required all councillors to sign a document formally preventing them from unfairly criticising the authority, including the council, its services or its officers and speaking out over the conduct of council employees or other staff members instead raising their concerns in-house with the relevant corporate director.

Critics raised fears the council was attempting to limit whistleblowing and some refused to sign, reportedly prompting the council's about-face.

My comment: It was obviously done to stop the truth getting out about council officers. Stoke-on-Trent City Council officers should be ashamed of themselves for dreaming this one up. At least we know where they got the idea from, read my earlier post. Sack the officers responsible!

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