A contributor-‘Insider’-has sent me this nugget of information. It is the response to an FoI request to RMBC and is signed by Sarah Corbett. Information Governance Manager
Information Governance Unit .Legal Services Resources Directorate
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. No me neither.
The FoI request concerns the number of complaints about APC and individual councillors. The number and type of complaints about APC are well outside the range you would expect of a small parish council. This is a tribute to the Labour party’s mishandling and control of the parish council meetings and agendas and poor chairmanship by Beck and Ireland.
‘I can now confirm that there have been 28 individual complaints against Anston Parish Councillors since September 2012. The nature of the complaints against the Councillors were due to their alleged poor conduct. As to the exact nature of the complaints, I can provide the following information:
1. Poor conduct in meeting (6 complaints)
2. Poor conduct (5 complaints)
3. Inappropriate conduct (3 complaints)
4. Addressing individuals inappropriately (2 complaints)
5. Verbal attack (5 complaints)
6. Discrimination in applying Standing Orders
8. Rude behaviour (2 complaints)
10. Verbal assault
11. Poor chairmanship
You asked how we would resolve these complaints and we have advised that 15 would be resolved by informal resolution and 2 by investigation. The complaints were all considered by the Monitoring Officer in accordance with the Council’s procedure. Accordingly there will be no formal investigation of the 15 complaints that are to be resolved by way of informal resolution and no imposition of sanctions.’
Have you spotted the deliberate error? A total of 17 complaints have been investigated. The total number of complaints is 28. Perhaps Sarah Corbett was off sick the day they did sums at her school? What has happened to the other 11 complaints? Filed in a bin labelled ‘Forgot’ perhaps? Not only has the Monitoring Officer ‘mislaid’ 11 complaints she has also sidestepped her responsibilities to properly investigate serious allegations against Labour councillors. Labour controlled Anston Parish Council has failed the residents of Anston and their bad behaviour is given the green light by RMBC’s Monitoring Officer. Who has failed everyone.