Sunday, 19 June 2011

This can be applied to CWaC Council senior staff

THE outside business dealings of senior town hall staff could soon be made public after Bolton Council was issued a High Court threat by the country’s information boss. 

The threat comes after transparency campaigner John Greenwood asked for details held on the council’s register of interests in a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

When the council refused, Mr Greenwood, from Breightmet, reported the council to the government’s Information Commissioner.

The commissioner has now ruled that the details of the register of interests should be released. The register records the name of council officers and any personal interests they have, such as ownership of property, family associations, business interests, shareholdings and membership of organisations that may conflict with their decision-making role.

My comment: Not before time. Many senior officers have outside interests that could conflict with their council role. I can feel an FOI request coming on :)

Read the full story from the source The Bolton News

1 comment:

  1. I was banned from making FOI requests by CWaC Council. This was overturned with the help of Hugh Tomlinson QC on 24th June 2011. The whole sorry saga was finally exposed as amateurish and hideously misconceived.

    Here's a link to my first FOI request following the removal of the gag:

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/senior_officers_a_requirement_to#incoming-189658

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