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MetiNews.Com - At a council meeting on Wednesday, Conservative council leader Murray Lyle proposed holding monthly council meetings and establishing an urgent business committee for any urgent issues

Uk news Controversial proposal for new council decision-making process is approved MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - At a council meeting on Wednesday, Conservative council leader Murray Lyle proposed holding monthly council meetings and establishing an urgent business committee for any urgent issues

Uk news  Controversial proposal for new council decision-making process is approved MetiNews.Com
27 January 2021 - 14:16

Breaking News ! Perth and Kinross Council is set to bring in a new decision-making system during the COVID-19 pandemic, much to the anger of opposition councillors. At a council meeting on Wednesday, Conservative council leader Murray Lyle proposed holding monthly council meetings and establishing an urgent business committee for any urgent issues. This urgent business committee will have 13 elected members and be convened by Cllr Lyle with Conservative councillor John Duff as vice-convener. The proposal was opposed by the SNP and Independent and Labour groups at the council. A cross-party group had previously written to Cllr Lyle calling on him to reconsider, but said they did not receive a response. Read More Related Articles Pandemic funding boost for Perth and Kinross businesses not supported up to now Read More Related Articles Council reveals financial impact so far of COVID-19 Cllr Lyle’s motion was backed by the Liberal Democrat group and was passed by 21 votes to 17 after a two-hour online debate. Council officers had pleaded with councillors to either reduce the number of meetings or the items on meeting agendas to give them more time to respond to the pandemic. But opposition councillors said this would affect their ability to scrutinise the proposals and actions of the council. Karen Donaldson - who has been appointed as Perth and Kinross Council 's chief operating officer - told councillors these were “tangible ways” elected members could provide support to officers. Depute chief executive Barbara Renton said: “The request for the pause on the committees is for the most important reason - about protecting and helping the residents of Perth and Kinross.” She said there were unknown challenges ahead - including how to deal with the potential loss of income and security - and officers needed time to prepare for this. Labour councillor Alasdair Bailey asked if conveners’ pay would be adjusted accordingly if conveners had no meetings to convene. Karen Donaldson said there would still be “an ongoing responsibility” for that ongoing portfolio of work.

. Lisa Simpson - head of legal - said it was to allow officers to devote time to the most “urgent” matters - “ensuring vulnerable people are protected, children continue to be educated, bins continue to be emptied and roads continue to be gritted.” Read More Related Articles Granting of housing appeals sparks anger Read More Related Articles Coffee chain bringing new jobs to Perth Ms Simpson said the role of elected members was “absolutely vital” but they as officers were “simply making a plea for a different framework” to free up officers from producing papers for committees to respond to the pandemic. Ms Renton said emergency powers were always an option but that was not what they were seeking to do and this was “absolutely not” about councillors being “irrelevant” to the process. She said: “You are at the heart of this.” Cllr Lyle proposed these interim arrangements be reviewed at the end of March. Moving the motion, the Conservative leader said the report highlighted the “unique challenge” the council was facing in these unprecedented times. He said: “Officers are working tirelessly to maintain council services but, are also being called upon to support our health partners to protect the wellbeing of our citizens through mass testing and vaccination. “Many are re-tasked from their usual roles or have had additional demands placed upon them; as a result, many are working long hours and weekends, with little opportunity to take leave. “It is important that we elected members do all that we can to support officers and to ensure that their time and energy is focussed on providing those vital services, as we continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic.” Read More Related Articles Cyclist was rushed to hospital after being knocked over by car in Perth Read More Related Articles Delight as Scotland's only two-starred Michelin restaurant retains its status Lib Dem councillor Willie Wilson backed the motion and said the time taken to debate the matter “demonstrated the officer time wasted”. The SNP’s Cllr Andrew Parrott put forward an amendment to continue with the current agreed committee structure saying it was “vital all political groups have the opportunity to influence the decision-making process,” but this was defeated.

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Uk news Controversial proposal for new council decision-making process is approved MetiNews.Com


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