COUNCILLORS WORKING ON NEW PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY

Isleofwightcouncillogonew2023Councillors on the Isle of Wight are continuing work on new proposals which will improve democratic accountability at County Hall.

At their Full Council meeting in July 2023, the Council agreed to start work on changing its governance and the way elected councillors make decisions on local matters.

At present, whilst some decisions are made by Full Council, the majority of decisions are taken by a Cabinet, of 8 councillors, appointed by the leader of the council. This can mean that the remaining councillors can feel excluded from the decision-making process under this system.

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A working group of councillors was established and in late 2023 the group set out their initial views and a framework for a committee system, which would widen opportunities for all members to get involved in council decision making. Under this system, instead of a Cabinet, the council would be divided into politically balanced committees that will make the majority of council policy decisions, allowing all councillors to take part in some way.

This initial framework suggests 5 service committees:

  • Children’s Services
  • Adult Social Care, Public Health & Housing
  • Economy, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Environment & Community Protection
  • Policy, Finance & Resources

Alongside these would continue the existing separate committees that cover statutory functions, such as Planning and Licensing and a new single committee to undertake statutory scrutiny functions of Health and Crime and Flooding.

Councillor Geoff Brodie, who chairs the Future Governance Working Group responsible for recommending changes to the full council, has said:

“The aim of the framework is to demonstrate how communities from across the Island will be better represented on issues that impact their lives by having a wider cross section of councillors involved in decision making.

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“In recent years, Islanders have decided that they do not want a single party to run the council and we have to find a system that reflects this. Giving the whole council a say in decision-making and ensuring that committee membership properly reflects the make-up of the council will help us achieve that.”

The next stage will be to set out more detail on a proposed committee system as well as a timetable that concludes in the Full Council making a formal decision.

The Council is seeking the views of Islanders about the proposed changes throughout the process and residents can make their views known via a dedicated email – [email protected] – or in writing to “Future Governance”, IOW Council, County Hall, High Street, Newport PO30 1UD.

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Stark Reminder
Stark Reminder
17 days ago

So they get more money and spend it on creating jobs for themselves. Typical, put the money to good use, not more bloody councillors and committees that do nothing for the island except spend out on wages.

Simon Magus
Simon Magus
Reply to  Stark Reminder
15 days ago

The problem with switching to a system that respects the views of all elected councillors is that decisions can only be made by negotiation and cooperation, which are truly alien concepts for this council. They prefer total power and pig-headedness, and a total lack of respect for the views of the electorate.

Dave G
Dave G
17 days ago

I have zero confidence in anything they do at C.H, in the last decade they’ve a dreadful track record which is just getting progressively worse. In-fighting for position is pathetic and a handful of them are in it purely because they believe it’ll make their position in society elevated. I have zero interest in this latest soundbite.

joe
joe
17 days ago

Councillors on the Isle of Wight are continuing work on new proposals which will improve democratic accountability at County Hall.
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anything to divert attention from any of the real issues that face the islanders, such as the councillors wasting time and money on this dross

this is up there with their meeting about, making decisions at meetings.

Last edited 17 days ago by joe
Cupid Sunts
Cupid Sunts
17 days ago

Reduce staffing levels at IW Council

Inventnor
Inventnor
17 days ago

Surely the whole council should be involved in most discussions. They are employed and chosen to represent the electorate.
The major topic should now be erosion and water management.

Artur Sausage
Artur Sausage
17 days ago

Thought the decision was made by 1.

Zippy
Zippy
17 days ago

Funniest headline ever…. “Councillors Working”…. lol

bembridge barnie
bembridge barnie
17 days ago

Surely this is a contradiction in real terms, councillors and accountability cannot be iused in the same sentence.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
16 days ago

Steady on now. You don’t want to shatter the illusion that already exists that our votes actually count.

 

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