Details of every payment made by Rotherham Borough Council, over £500, will soon be available to the public after the introduction of new rules on transparency and accountability.
The rules require RMBC to publish information on its website of these payments from January.
Rotherham’s secretive Council and controlling Labour Group are already cavilling at these modest proposals towards openness it would seem, when Ken Wyatt, the council’s Cabinet member for resources, is on record with these attitudes displayed in his own words:
“There is a huge amount of work involved with this and in my opinion £500 is too low.
“It’s a logical idea but the amount is far too low for an authority of this size, but the council is not only seeking to comply with that, but to get started early.”
Cllr Wyatt is being less than honest, £500 is perhaps a little low but to claim they are getting started early simply beggars belief! And his claims of enormous complexity in their preparation are preposterous!
I can only conclude that no one has properly studied the situation as all the information currently exists on the councils servers and simply requires someone to do the required query and the details will all appear as if by magic! Why all the talk of needing to employ someone to do it and as for redaction it becomes unnecessary and redundant.
It’s not really surprising that our council is so poorly run when even the more able fall for this kind of stupidity. Donkeys, led by donkeys, it would appear!
Many Councils have already complied with this measure in full, they can be viewed here, near bottom of page.
There has been no drama for these authorities in complying and they incurred modest costs in so doing .
The reason that Rotherham Councillors are concerned about it, is that they wish to restrict as much information as possible, in short this whole organisation proposed by RMBC is a system to keep information from us, not to give it to us straight, as they are obliged to do.
We have a real problem! Our councillors are simply not up to the job. It would appear that they are not any better at selecting senior advisers either! No wonder we are in the mess we are!