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MPO APPEALS TO NOLAN

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Chief officers union MPO has told Lord Nolan that local government officers need greater protection from legal acti...
Chief officers union MPO has told Lord Nolan that local government officers need greater protection from legal action, after the High Court ruled council employees are personally liable for illegal council activity (LGC, 8 November).

The court ruled that two Waltham Forest LBC officers serving as directors of a joint- venture company were not covered by the council's indemnity insurance because it had acted outside its powers.

The union has decided against what it believes would be a fruitless appeal, preferring to press the case for reform during the inquiry being conducted by the Nolan committee on standards in public life.

MPO general secretary Graham Corless said: 'This couldn't happen to civil servants because they are totally indemnified except for criminal actions . . . The Court of Appeal is not going to resolve this, the law itself needs sorting out.'
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