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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

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LGC's 'Bailey probe drags into year two' story (LGC, 23 July) is right to highlight how ridiculous the time taken b...
LGC's 'Bailey probe drags into year two' story (LGC, 23 July) is right to highlight how ridiculous the time taken by the investigation into the appointment of Islington's chief executive has become.

If there was misconduct by someone involved, then as LGC says, the Standards Board has failed the people of Islington by failing to reach a speedy conclusion.

This delay is unfair on the council, its members and officers and makes local government appear ridiculous.

Whatever the outcome, thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted by employing a team of investigators and lawyers for two years. I find it hard to understand how the Standards Board can still use the 'Confidence in local democracy' strapline.

The Standards Board should work to support local government improvement and encourage people to make a contribution to public life.

Protracted and expensive investigations run the risk of impeding improvement, losing the trust of the public and putting off those who might wish to take an active part in public life.

Islington is clearly a fast-improving borough. I know that if the council took as long to resolve the grievances of its customers and citizens, it would be roundly criticised and rightly so.

Terry Stacy (Lib Dem)

Executive member for performance, Islington LBC

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