Is cabinet ok?
12:26pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Letters
CABINET in need of repair? The latest debacle at Newport City Council must pose the question, is the cabinet system working for us, the city council taxpayers? Cabinets were introduced in 2000 following a White Paper, “Modern Local Government: In touch with the people.” The new cabinets were supposed to modernise the decision making process, put decision making more in the hands of those democratically elected by the people, ie councillors, as opposed to paid officers. To allow this to happen councils provided offices, support staff and facilities for the executive, the leader and his cabinet, and paid them extra responsibility payments. I am sure no executive deliberately goes out of their way to make poor decisions, that are not fully unexplained, and isolate and distance themselves from the mainstream views of the people who elected them, but the present administration are making a good job of doing just that. There appears a growing gulf between the cabinet and the rest of the council. We are even beginning to feel sorry for the officers, like our dear chief executive, who seems to have been wheeled out to take the blame for the mural fiasco. The answer, of course, lies with those who elected the cabinet, the councillors themselves.
Steve Delahaye Bassaleg Road, Newport
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