Manchester Council’s contempt for democracy extends to own councillors. Also #scrutinyweek

Two months ago a Councillor (on the Finance Scrutiny Committee) asked for the “upcoming meetings” of the council (scrutiny, licensing etc) to be at the TOP of the meetings page. A simple enough request, you’d think. It was one that the bureaucrat he addressed the request to said “yes” to without demur. Two months later, it still hasn’t been done.

There’s a lesson here; The contempt and disdain that some (not all) of the employees of the Council display is not reserved just for the troublesome activists. It extends to the elected members… What is to be done?

[UPDATE 17/1114: I have been informed that officers are now saying this is more complicated than they thought/realised and for cost-saving purposes will be done with other website changes at the end of the calendar (?) year…  We will see…]

Meanwhile, here’s the list of upcoming Scrutiny Committee agendas. How come this isn’t being done? I refer you to the previous paragraph.

Tuesday 18th November

Young People and Children’s IS MEETING ON 24th NOVEMBER

Neighbourhoods

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Wednesday 19th November

Economy

10am The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Download the Agenda (Download Agenda. 38.69 KB)

Communities

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Thursday 20th November

Finance

10am The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

This meeting will be webcast – see www.manchester.gov.uk/webcasts

Health

2pm The Scrutiny Committee Room, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

This meeting will be webcast – see www.manchester.gov.uk/webcasts

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2 Responses to Manchester Council’s contempt for democracy extends to own councillors. Also #scrutinyweek

  1. Nigel Murphy says:

    Thanks Marc,
    I was updated at the last finance scrutiny meeting that the automated process wasn’t a quick amendment as we were lead to believe. It was suggested that the amendment should take place at the same time as other amendments to the website which would save on costs rather than having a bespoke change. My understanding is these amendments are due to take place by the end of the year, I agreed that would be a sensible approach.
    Rest assured I will be monitoring the situation.
    Nigel Murphy

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