Cllr Abbey said he had to be as blunt as this as time after time, actions had not been actioned. He had suspicions it was deliberate. He said the corporate governance recommendations had not been actioned, damage done and that they should have people sitting at this committee as it was a very important meeting in going forward. Cllr Abbey said they can’t do corporate governance without the relevant officers present and it was symptomatic of the problems.
Cllr Jim Crabtree said he apologised on Surjit’s behalf, Surjit had a meeting tomorrow and work to do and had asked Cllr Crabtree if he was needed.
Cllr Ron Abbey said they had more important and pressing matters and nothing was more important than good…
Cllr Jim Crabtree said Colin Hughes was in the building.
Cllr Ron Abbey said senior people were not here and they were “paying lip service” to “addressing issues”.
Cllr James Keeley said he agreed. It was a “statutory committee” and it was outrageous they had no legal adviser.
Cllr Jim Crabtree said he could adjourn the committee until one was found.
Cllr Alan Brighouse said he shared the concerns.
Cllr Jim Crabtree said Surjit had asked if he was really needed as tomorrow he had a tribunal.
Cllr Ron Abbey said he appreciated officers could be unable to attend, but a replacement officer should be a matter of course. He appreciated David Taylor-Smith was here on behalf of the Department of Finance, but there was no-one from the Department of Law, Human Resources and Asset Management.