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Council Scrutiny: Mend it, say Lib Dems

As independent report says Council Scrutiny Committees are broken, Liberal Democrats propose a debate at next week’s Council meeting to agree a way forward.

“Scrutiny Committees are in a mess. It’s time to mend them, make them effective and give all councillors a chance to be involved in making things happen” says Liberal Democrat leader, David Franks.

“Scrutiny Committees are a vital part of the democratic process, holding the key decision makers to account and helping to develop future Council policy. It’s time to mend them, make them effective and give all councillors a chance to be involved in making things happen.”

“This report gives all Luton Councillors, of all parties, a real opportunity to make Scrutiny work in Luton. It makes some fully justified criticisms of the way Scrutiny is failing Luton residents and a number of very helpful recommendations mend it.”

The motion put down by Liberal Democrat councillors for debate at a full Council meeting next Tuesday (21st July) calls on the Council to accept and implement all the recommendations contained in the independent report written following a 3 day visit to Luton by the Local Government Improvement & Development Agency.

In May of this year, at the annual meeting of Luton Council, Liberal Democrat councillors refused to take any part in the Council’s Scrutiny Committees and said they were fed up with trying to make Scrutiny work only to have every attempt wrecked by the Labour leadership’s obsession with controlling absolutely everything.

Now the Lib. Dem leader claims this 20 page report by IDeA has fully vindicated their stand. “Now’s the time to move forward. The report makes very sensible suggestions and I hope all Councillors will agree they should be implemented as soon as possible.”


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