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RHUDDLAN FIASCO PROMPTS CALL TO GET A GRIP ON OFFICERS

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Welsh councillors are to be told to get a grip over their officers to prevent a repeat of the Rhuddlan BC funding d...
Welsh councillors are to be told to get a grip over their officers to prevent a repeat of the Rhuddlan BC funding disaster.

The Welsh Assembly is to convene a meeting involving the Welsh Local Government Association, District Audit and the Audit Commission to draw up new guidance telling politicians to lead their councils and not leave it to officials.

The move is the latest fall out from the controversy over the former Rhuddlan BC. This was abolished in 1996 but left successor Denbighshire CC with debts of up to£10m after serious problems with its capital programme.

In a scathing report last year, the Commons Welsh affairs committee reminded members they could not abdicate responsibility for financial mismanagement.

Now Assembly local government secretary Peter Law has said the problems in Rhuddlan 'and in some other Welsh councils, suggest councillors may be reluctant to question, let alone challenge, inappropriate advice and actions by council officers'.
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