Back in March I pointed out that the councilâ€™s scrutiny budget had been cut by Â£55K. This would result in the number of scrutiny panels falling from 9 to 5, a cut of 44% in outputs.
In May I reported on Labourâ€™s housing commission. This looks like a Labour love in with two members drawn from the Fabian Society (the Jesuits of Labour) plus three current Labour politicians and one ex-Labour politician turned highly paid civil servant. No opposition voices whatsoever.
At the last council meeting I asked a few questions on this, see question 44 here.
Question: How much will the housing commission cost the council?
Answer: The Housing Commission has a budget of Â£25k in total. None of the commissioners are being paid or receiving expenses.
Question: When will it meet?
Answer: The Commission has met four times in total so far â€“ with a further three meetings planned.
Question: Will there be any public meetings?
Answer: We are intending to hold appropriate public forum to review the commissionâ€™s recommendations and conclusions.
Question: When will it report?
Answer: The final report will be available towards the end of this year.
Question: Who will approve its Terms of Reference?
Answer: The Terms of Reference have been approved by the commissioners.
Regular people not invited.