The Council on Thursday passed a resolution from Conservative councillors to ask for governance by committee, which would become effective after the 2015 election. The Political Management Member Panel will now deal with that resolution.
I have made my position quite clear and repeated it on Thursday evening that an Executive system was the most effective and efficient form of local government in today’s world and this is supported by a great majority of councils across the country retaining this system. It speeds up process, notoriously slow in local government, means that councils can operate with fewer officers and therefore costs less in terms of staffing and productivity of meetings and does not result in any democratic deficit.
Nevertheless I voted for the resolution because it is right that a democratic settlement is needed and thus I succeeded in my desire that the many and not the few are to be involved in the process but with the maximum information available. This was previously denied as an alternative (a Commission) by one opposition party, much to my regret.
One thing that is clear is that if you are not an effective, thoughtful and contributory opposition party under an Executive system you will be similarly handicapped under any committee system. My conclusion is that we should be careful what we ask for!