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COSLA ANNOUNCES MEMBERS FOR MISCONDUCT TASKFORCE

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COSLA today announced its membership of the joint COSLA and Scottish Office taskforce which will look at the mechan...
COSLA today announced its membership of the joint COSLA and Scottish Office taskforce which will look at the mechanisms for dealing with allegations of misconduct by local authorities.

The formation of the taskforce follows COSLA's meeting with Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth last month, when the two sides agreed it was unacceptable that allegations made against councils could remain unresolved for lengthy periods.

COSLA president Rosemary McKenna said she hoped the taskforce would work to a short timescale to ensure that any action it proposed to deal with allegations could be put in place quickly.

'It is vital that any accusations about misconduct or irregularities in local government are dealt with fully and fairly, at an early stage,' Cllr McKenna said. 'They must not be allowed to go unchallenged and be blown out of all proportion.

'I hope the taskforce will bring forward proposals which will address these problems.'

COSLA's taskforce members are: John Baxter, director of personnel at Strathclyde RC; Mike Henry, chief executive at Eastwood DC; Neil McIntosh, chief executive at Strathclyde RC; Ian Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway RC director of finance; Gerry Welsh, regional solicitor for Lothian RC; and Roy MacIver, secretary general of COSLA.

The taskforce will also include representatives of the Scottish Office; the controller of audit; and the local authority ombudsman.

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