Alistair Drain to be appointed ‘Designated Independent Person’ to the council

Council members will rubber-stamp the fifth Designated Independent Person

At this week’s full council meeting members will be appointing the fifth ‘Designated Independent Person’ to the council.

Previously appointed were Mark Southwell, Liz Mackenzie, George Hibberd and Ray Smith.

The Council is required to appoint at least one Designated Independent Person (DIP) who may be consulted by the Monitoring Officer and elected members in relation to the new standards arrangements.

When considering complaints against members the Monitoring Officer must consult with a DIP before a complaint is referred for investigation; in all other cases the Monitoring Officer may consult a DIP. Members subject to a complaint can also consult a DIP.

Given the potential for conflicts of interest and/or delays due to holidays or sickness it was agreed by full Council on 20th June 2012 that in the first instance five DIPs are appointed by full Council.

Members are being recommended to appoint Alistair Drain for a period of four years.

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Monday, 19th November, 2012 7:57am



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  1. Black Dog

    19.Nov.2012 6:07pm

    I see that there are a number of ex members of the Ethics and Standards Committee on this list. Why?

    We need a complete change and not a recycling of an old and disbanded committee that has historically come under criticism.

    More evidence of this council ensuring a smooth passage for the officers in charge.

  2. Bios of the five “Designated Independent Persons” would be useful.

  3. Geoff Lumley

    19.Nov.2012 9:29pm

    “Rubber stamp”? I’ve never rubber stamped anything in my life!

  4. For how long has June had 31 days?

  5. I see what you mean, Septua – possibly a plot so that people not ‘in the know’ would miss the deadline for application to the post!

  6. @septua “For how long has June had 31 days?”

    Evidence of yet more inflation sneaked by the Coalition in a quiet press release? :-))

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