Councillors, Remoteness, And Quality Of Life

Readers may know that LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) and ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) have instructed counsel to advise on whether remote meetings can continue to be held, without the need for primary legislation, when the regulations introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic come to an end.

“We do not want a situation where meetings from the 7th May 2021 onwards to have to take place in person. We consider and indeed, the government has indicated, that we will not have returned to a pre-pandemic stage and are likely to remain under tiers for some time yet.

In response to the announcement that “The May 2021 local elections are to go ahead, the Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution in the Cabinet Office has confirmed”, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said, so it must be true, “Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. It is vital that candidates have the ability to run campaigns so residents can make informed decisions about who they want to represent them”.

In Aughton & Downholland one WLBC elected member Sam Currie has just made an extraordinary announcement by twitter from London that “Being 5 years into a 4 year term and claiming the “pay” purely because I trust the charities that I give the money to more than I trust the administration of West Lancs, I sincerely hope that whoever takes my place does the best job possible for my ward”.

Trust is “A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something”. Whatever might the administrators of WLBC make of this outburst? And why should any long term absent councillor lecture anybody about “doing the best job possible for my ward”? Whatever this ward was having, it wasn’t receiving any “job” for the “pay” as quoted by Cllr Currie. Perhaps he might provide proof of which charities received a total of his “pay”?

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