Had this from Rob Foulds and thought readers would be interested too.:
“I’ve been digging away recently regarding the appointment of our esteemed Commissars and it’s been confirmed to me that the posts were not advertised and these people were “nominated in exercise of the Secretary of State’s powers …”
And as regards securing ‘best value’ from the people who were nominated by the Secretary of State, er, well, they are accountable to the Secretary of State and their nomination can be withdrawn. So that’s all very satisfactory then.
Below is the link that was supplied by HMG that purports to explain the nominations and if readers can spot any critical appraisal of the nominees, please let us know.
The story started with Rob’s email, contents self explanatory:
Date: 18 February 2015 at 10:58
Subject: Rotherham MBC
Dear Mr Rowsell
When Rob failed to obtain a response he pushed further with another email:
Date: 25 February 2015 at 14:43
Subject: Fwd: Rotherham MBC
Dear Mr Rowsell
Appointment of commissioners to take over the administration of Rotherham MBC
I wrote to you last week, see email, and I note that you have neither responded nor acknowledged receipt of my email.
As such, under the Freedom of Information Act and in relation to the heading above, will you please provide the answers to the following questions:
1) will the posts be advertised
2) will the posts be appointed, if so by whom
3) what are the qualifications and experience requirements for fulfilling the role of commissioner
4) what measures are in place that will ensure “best value” is obtained from these individual commissioners.
Still no response! Until Rob involved his MP John Healey that is, his involvement, produced the information referred to at the beginng of this story.