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DISABLED PARKING SCAM LEADS TO COUNCILLOR DISQUALIFICATION

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Alan Sloam (Labour) of Barnet LBC has been disqualified from being or becoming a member for one year today at a hea...
Alan Sloam (Labour) of Barnet LBC has been disqualified from being or becoming a member for one year today at a hearing by the Adjudication Panel for England.

The tribunal heard how Mr Sloam wrote to Camden LBC requesting that four penalty charge notices against a member of his family be withdrawn because a disabled badge was displayed in the vehicle concerned. The disabled badge had been left in the car by a previous owner and did not belong to Mr Sloam or any member of his family. Mr Sloam had previously been convicted of attempted deception and dishonesty for his conduct in this matter.

The panel also heard how Mr Sloam dishonestly tried to renew the disabled drivers permit after it had expired, falsely claiming it was on behalf of a disabled friend.

Following an investigation by The Standards Board for England, Mr Sloam was found to have breached the councillors' code of conduct by bringing his office or authority into disrepute, using his position to confer an advantage for himself and a family member and failing to use resources in accordance with requirements.

Standards Board for England chair Anthony Holland said:

'People have the right to trust their representatives. Members must not be allowed to betray that trust. That's why we welcome today's verdict.'

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