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ISLE OF ANGLESEY CC - DAVIES WELCOMES WAY FORWARD

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Welsh Secretary Ron Davies has met an all-party deputation from Isle of Anglesey CC following a district auditor's ...
Welsh Secretary Ron Davies has met an all-party deputation from Isle of Anglesey CC following a district auditor's report critical of the authority.

The council had asked Mr Davies to set up a panel to consider the district auditor's report and to implement its conclusions. Mr Davies told the councillors that he welcomed the early chance to express his concerns but he did not have the powers to intervene in the way the authority had suggested, and he welcomed the councillors' recognition of this. Mr Davies said he was taking a close, personal interest in the matter and in how the council proposed to address the issues raised in the report.

Mr Davies said he welcomed the council's all-party approach to tackling the issues and felt such a consensus could help to restore public confidence in the authority.

'We welcome the proposal, to be put to a full meeting of the council, of an all-party committee with independent advice from a barrister to consider the district auditor's recommendation that the council should consider initiating appropriate disciplinary action.

'I also welcome proposals to set up a separate panel, with a chairman of considerable standing, independent of the council, to advise the Authority on the implementation of the other recommendations. The independent chairman will be entitled to make known to the council and the public any view that he or she has which is contrary to that of the rest of the panel.

'I am appointing the Welsh Office's local government director, Bryan Mitchell, to liaise with the council, giving advice on the implementation of the report where it is sought and offering appropriate advice on matters unrelated to disciplinary matters. I welcome the councillors' agreement to my right to publish any advice given by Mr Mitchell which is not acted upon.'

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