More than 60% of the officers who responded feared cabinets, best value and scrutiny would leave officers more vulnerable. Only one of the 54 respondents felt it would improve the situation.
Nine out of 10 respondents had either been verbally bullied or seen a colleague bullied by a member in this way. Many had either experienced or witnessed personal criticism unrelated to work or been the victim of blame-shifting.
MPO said: 'Officers observed bullying was likely to occur when a politician was under pressure over election promises or when a change of administration engendered suspicion over loyalty.'
'Local government isn't a democracy, it's a dictatorship. Cabinets will play into dictators' hands.'
'Scrutiny panels will encourage members who already have a predisposition to do so, to beat officers with the scrutiny stick.'