Under the headline 'Prescott lashes out at £200,000 council job,' the Yorkshire Post(p1) reports that the deputy prime minister has given Bradford 'a clear signal to drop their plan to recruit a new chief executive at a salary of up to £200,000 a year.' Council officials defended the rate - at least £40,000 more than that of previous incumbent, Ian Stewart who left to become head of Cambridgeshire CC, and up to £25,000 more than the prime minister - by claiming recruitment consultants had advised them it was necessary to attract the right candidate. A shortlist had now been drawn up, added the council's spokesman.
HULL CABINET MEMBER SPEAKS OUT ON CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S SUSPENSION
Council cabinet member Tom McVie, who was on the panel that voted to suspend Kingston upon Hull City Council, has reacted to the letter written by the Association of Local Government Chief Executives to local government minister Nick Raynsford on the suspension of the council's chief executive, Jim Brooks.He told the Yorkshire Post (4/7/03, p10): 'ALACE has totally over-reacted. The panel was presented with a document from a respected body (the Standards Board for England) which left us with no option but to suspend him. As far as I'm concerned though, he is still the chief executive. I was on the panel that appointed him.'
SHELTERED HOUSING RESIDENTS WARNED AGAINST ST RONG LANGUAGE IN COMMON PARTS
Pensioners at a sheltered housing complex are said to be shocked and disgusted after they received a letter from a council official warning them to watch their language, reported The Herald (p5). All 33 pensioners who live at the Larch Court complex in Elgin received a letter from Rae Munro, Moray Council area housing manager, last week, which said that there have been a number of complaints about the increase of offensive language. Mrs Munro was unavailable for comment although Mike MArtin, director of the community services department, told the paper: 'The intention was clearly not to cause offence but it was in response to complaints, including a written complaint.'
ROTHERHAM TO WRITE OFF £191,000 FROM SCANDAL-HIT POVERTY FORUM
Rotherham MBC is to write off a loss of almost £200,000 after admitting it will never be able to recover funding squandered on prostitutes, reports the Yorkshire Post(p5). The council provided about £500,000 to help set up the National Local Government Forum Against Poverty in 1994, which collapsed in public disgrace four years later, when it emerged thousands of pounds intended to help the poor had instead been used to pay for 'high-living'. The authority has since been attempting to recover much of its initial outlay from the 215 councils which helped fund the organisation through annual subscriptions. The council's leader, Mark Edgell, yesterday spoke of his anger and frustration at having to write off the loss, but said the authority had been left with little option.
by assistant editor Neil Watson