Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Welsh local government boundary commissioners sacked

Three commissioners responsible for re-examining local council boundaries have been sacked after a report found their organisation was not "fit for purpose".

It follows concern about a series of reviews to make councillors represent similar numbers of electors.

Local Government Minister Carl Sargeant said it was necessary to restore the commision's reputation.

The three members of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales - chairman Paul Wood, deputy chair the Reverend Hywel Meredydd Davies and member John Bader - were relieved of their posts with immediate effect by Mr Sargeant on Wednesday.

Mr Sargeant said: "The most concerning finding... is the conclusion reached that the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales has lost the confidence of its stakeholders and because of this is 'not fit for purpose'.

My comment: Mr Sargeant  is being rather selective because many other watchdogs and commissioners have also lost the confidence of their stakeholders but he isn't doing anything about those.

Read the full story from the source BBC News

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