The Standards Board for England has cleared Kingston upon Hull City Council leader Colin Inglis of blame following a series of complaints over his behaviour. Although the watchdog found Mr Inglis had broken the code of conduct in one instance by publicly making an 'extremely serious' allegation against a senior officer, it judged it an 'isolated incident', reported the Yorkshire Post (26/5/04, p8).
London mayor Ken Livingstone claimed on a live radio phone-in that Tower Hamlets LBC leaders have asked him to extend the Congestion Charge into the East End, reported the East London Advertiser (27/1/05, p1). Leader Lelal Abbas has firmly denied asking Ken Livingstone to extend the zone eastwards. He claims he only asked Mr Livingstone to be told in good time if an extension was planned, so Tower Hamlets could consult with residents.
COUNCIL CRACKS DOWN ON CHARITIES WITH DEBTS
Winchester City Council has tightened rules on dealing with charities after Winchester Alliance for Mental Health went into liquidation with debts to the council of£353,000. A report to councillors warned that little if any of the debt will be recovered, meaning tax-payers will have to foot the bill, reported the Daily Echo (27/1/05, p7).
'FINE LINE PROTECTS BED-BLOCK COUNCILS'
Under the above headline, the Western Mail (28/1/05, p10) reports that poor-performing councils will not incur fines if they fail to tackle the bed-blocking problem, the health minister has insisted (, p10). Brian Gibbons said the Assembly Government was reviewing ways to combat the issue but would not be using its powers to fine the worst performing authorities. delayed discharge bed blocking