Strange Fascination?

Or, Questions – only Dominic Beck can answer?

Rotherham Politics in previous posts (links at bottom) presented the facts about Dominic Beck’s Interests Declaration. These posts were of interest to a large number and attracted numerous comments. For actual numbers, see Notes below.

We had looked first at Beck, because his youth and reported intelligence would, we thought, have made his declaration an ideal example of the way an Interests Declaration should be completed!

We were therefore surprised and dismayed to find this not apparently the case when close scrutiny was applied. There were many supportive comments posted on Rotherham Politics, which all boiled down to one defence above all others, ‘He is young, so Rotherham Politics should cut him some slack and overlook his infractions’.

Between us we have reviewed all the relevant information regarding procedures to be followed when declaring interests and we can find, not even a nod and wink, to justify this defence argument for youth justifying dispensation, it is fallacious!

All Councillors, of whatever age, are required to register all interests within 28 days of acquisition of each new interest. Simple and straightforward you might think? We have also reported in the past, Dominic Beck’s unusual interpretation of this requirement and his spurious attempts to justify it.

Unfortunately we discovered hidden complexity, that would indicate that this Declaration is deficient as well as having been completed without the necessary degree of commitment to ‘openness and transparency’ required of him by his ‘Councillors Code of Conduct’ and his supposed adherence to ‘The Seven Principles of Public Life’, that are their underpinning.

Readers should not forget Dominic Beck took many months to update his Interests Declaration and only then, due to the dogged persistence of a Rotherham citizen. Hardly willing, was he?

What are those questions only Dominic Beck can answer?

Why did it take you so long to update your Interests Declaration?

Please specify the date you were appointed to Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber?

Please specify the date you became a Rush House Trustee?

Please specify the date you became a Rush House Director?

Please specify the dates of award of each of the Council contracts you have declared?

We would also like a response to these issues that concern your ‘Connected Person’ status and assurances that you have made all relevant declarations and withdrawals required of you?

Cllr Dominic Beck and Mr Darren Hughes have been appointed Trustees of the Rush House Charity, they are also Company Directors?

It is permissible to be both Trustees and RMBC Cllrs.

However it is much more problematic in relation to what the Charity Commission calls ‘Connected Persons’. Definition below.

‘Connected Persons’ have to declare all Prejudicial Interests at Trustees Meetings and leave the room if they have a prejudicial interest.

After reviewing Dominic Beck’s Interests Declaration, he clearly has some connection with RMBC contracts awarded to the Charity.

As these are RMBC contracts and there is therefore a connection to RMBC, he must have fully declared these Interests at both RMBC Meetings if he was involved, and similarly, at Rush House Trustee Meetings. The minutes of theses meetings should supply confirmation?

Rotherham Politics readers would be grateful for your early clarification of the points raised.

Notes: Table of Direct Hits and Comments:

Post Direct Hits Comments

DBfiles new ID

495

49

Everyone but Beck!

386

29

‘Connected Person’ Definition:

K1. Meaning of “connected person” as set out in section 118 of the Charities Act

(1) In section 117(2) “connected person”, in relation to a charity, means any person who falls within subsection (2) –

(a) at the time of the disposition in question, or
(b) at the time of any contract for the disposition in question.

(2) The persons are –

(a) a charity trustee or trustee for the charity,
(b) a person who is the donor of any land to the charity (whether the gift was made on or after the establishment of the charity),
(c) a child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister of any such trustee or donor,
(d) an officer, agent or employee of the charity,
(e) the spouse or civil partner of any person falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (d),
(f) a person carrying on business in partnership with any person falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (e) above,
(g) an institution which is controlled –

(i) by any person falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (f), or
(ii) by two or more such persons taken together, or

(h) a body corporate in which –

(i) any connected person falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (g) has a substantial interest, or
(ii) two or more such persons, taken together, have a substantial interest.

(3) Sections 350 to 352 (meaning of child, spouse and civil partner, controlled institution and substantial interest) apply for the purposes of subsection (2).

Section 350 to 352 of the Charities Act

Section 350 Connected person: child, spouse and civil partner

(1) In sections 118(2)(c), 188(1)(a), 200(1)(a) and 249(2)(a), “child” includes a stepchild and an illegitimate child.

(2) For the purposes of sections 118(2)(e), 188(1)(b), 200(1)(b) and 249(2)(b)

(a) a person living with another as that person’s husband or wife is to be treated as that person’s spouse;

(b) where two people of the same sex are not civil partners but live together as if they were, each of them shall be treated as the civil partner of the other.

Section 351 Connected person: controlled institution

For the purposes of sections 118(2)(g), 157(1)(a), 188(1)(d), 200(1)(d) and 249(2)(d), a person controls an institution if the person is able to secure that the affairs of the institution are conducted in accordance with the person’s wishes.

Section 352 Connected person: substantial interest in body corporate

(1) For the purposes of sections 118(2)(h), 157(1)(b), 188(1)(e), 200(1)(e) and 249(2)(e), any such connected person as is there mentioned has a substantial interest in a body corporate if the person or institution in question –

(a) is interested in shares comprised in the equity share capital of that body of a nominal value of more than one-fifth of that share capital, or

(b) is entitled to exercise, or control the exercise of, more than one-fifth of the voting power at any general meeting of that body.

(2) The rules set out in Schedule 1 to the Companies Act 2006 (rules for interpretation of certain provisions of that Act) shall apply for the purposes of subsection (1) as they apply for the purposes of section 254 of that Act (“connected persons” etc).

(3) In this section “equity share capital” and “share” have the same meaning as in that Act.

Downloads:

Dominic Beck’s latest Declaration dated 4th July 2012.
Dominic Beck’s previous Declaration dated 21st June 2011.
Company Information Rush House Ltd.

Rotherham Politics Links to recent posts:

Everyone but Beck!

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Dominic Beck – files new Interests Declaration

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Everyone but Beck!

When Rotherham Politics published the story, Dominic Beck – files new Interests Declaration, we assumed there would be little interest in this beyond a mere handful.

How wrong we were, this post has been well read and commented upon, 373  400 424 and 44 respectively, at the latest count.

The biggest surprise to us was Ex-Borough Councillor Darren Hughes, who entered the fray with a number of attempts at self justification and a defence of his ex-employee, Dominic Beck who was the subject in question. Why?

It is interesting to note that we have had no contribution from Dominic Beck himself up to now. His silence speaks volumes!

All we would wish for would be a little explanation, especially as to whether and how he derives a personal benefit from the Council contracts he is involved with? For example.

Dominic Beck’s latest Declaration dated 4th July 2012.

Dominic Beck – files new Interests Declaration

Dominic Beck, the youngest Councillor on RMBC and now the youngest parish council chairman in the Borough, has filed a new Interests Declaration. About time I hear you say!

Dominic Beck’s latest Declaration dated 4th July 2012.

Dominic Beck’s previous Declaration dated 21st June 2011.

Close examination will no doubt be made of these documents and we are left wondering if ‘Wonderboy’ Beck is still not reporting everything as he should, in view of this document:

Company Information Rush House Ltd.

Coining it in!

The list so far, of Rotherham Borough Councillors that are paid, at least twice, for the same period of time, is this form of abuse acceptable?

Cllr Shabana Ahmed: Works for Sheffield CC.

Cllr Dominic Beck: Works for Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber.

Cllr Maggi Clark: Linda McAvan a Y&H Labour MEP, employs her in the Wath Labour Office.

Cllr Emma Hodinott: A North Yorkshire County Council ‘Pilgrim’*, Seconded to UNISON full time.

Cllr Mahroof Hussain: Works for Leger Homes, an ‘arms length’ organisation, managing Doncaster’s public housing.

Cllr Neil License: Works for HMRC. PCS NEC member.

Cllr Chris Read: Works for York Labour Party, duties unclear.

Cllr Kath Sims: Works for Denis MacShane, who is currently suspended from PLP.

Cllr Brian Steele: Works for Barnsley MBC and is another ‘Pilgrim’* seconded to Unison.

Cllr Shaun Wright: Works for Barnsley MBC. Additionally he is paid for being a member of the South Yorkshire Police Authority, £6,948 for membership and an extra payment of £12,132 in recognition of his Vice-Chairmanship.

Should readers have other nominees for this list please let us know?

Note*: Pilgrim,

On Guido Fawkes’ Blog: Pilgrim Consultation Due to Start Imminently

and Whitehall Pilgrims Exposed