A chance to keep Blackburn with Darwen councillors on their toes

First published in News

BLACKBURN with Darwen borough is looking for two council taxpayers to help ensure elected representatives maintain high ethical standards.

Town hall bosses want residents who expect a lot from councillors and want to make sure they deliver.

They are seeking to recruit two independent members to the council’s standards committee which aims to:

  • Promote and maintain high standards of conduct by councillors and co-opted members of the council; and
  • Determine whether a breach of the code of conduct for members has occurred.

Sian Roxborough, head of Legal Services, wants the recruits to make a positive contribution to enhancing councillors standards.

She added; “We welcome applicants who are not councillors or Council employees, are not close friends or relatives of councillors or Council employees and who have not, during the past five years, been councillors or Council employees.”

Applications must be received by November 30, 2012.

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11:12pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Rumpole says...

Disgraceful!

If these elected representatives cannot maintain high ethical standards without having a babysitter they should never have applied to be elected in the first place!

Although i do agree someone is definitely needed to make sure that the council and their agents act within the rules and to not abuse their legal powers to harass council taxpayers to cover up their mistakes.
Disgraceful! If these elected representatives cannot maintain high ethical standards without having a babysitter they should never have applied to be elected in the first place! Although i do agree someone is definitely needed to make sure that the council and their agents act within the rules and to not abuse their legal powers to harass council taxpayers to cover up their mistakes. Rumpole
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6:48am Fri 23 Nov 12

jack daniels says...

My good friend jack herer would be perfect for this but somehow I expect this is a job for the boys, and the esteemed Sir Bill 'Sybil' Taylor will be selected to represent the people.
My good friend jack herer would be perfect for this but somehow I expect this is a job for the boys, and the esteemed Sir Bill 'Sybil' Taylor will be selected to represent the people. jack daniels
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7:31am Fri 23 Nov 12

Dawood Ibtahim says...

Definatly a gud idea ther are a lot of councillors out there that are only doing thing that benefit them, their friends and family. Ppl like solly khonat
Definatly a gud idea ther are a lot of councillors out there that are only doing thing that benefit them, their friends and family. Ppl like solly khonat Dawood Ibtahim
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1:18pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Commenting says...

Does Blackburn with Darwen really need 62 councillors?
Surely only one councillor per ward is required for nowadays there is little for the average councillor to do as the executive committee does most of the work.
With cuts being made to local services it is unreasonable to be making allowance payments in excess of £5000 for each elected member.
I'm sure as a council tax payer I could nominate where this money could be better spent.
And I could, bye the way, nominate a few names of useless councillors.
Does Blackburn with Darwen really need 62 councillors? Surely only one councillor per ward is required for nowadays there is little for the average councillor to do as the executive committee does most of the work. With cuts being made to local services it is unreasonable to be making allowance payments in excess of £5000 for each elected member. I'm sure as a council tax payer I could nominate where this money could be better spent. And I could, bye the way, nominate a few names of useless councillors. Commenting
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