Larger cabinet better for decision making at North Lincolnshire Council
OVER recent weeks the Scunthorpe Telegraph has highlighted strong criticisms of the way North Lincolnshire Council has handled the reorganisation (privatisation) of the youth service and has, also, reported that various council services are way over budget, requiring councillors to dip into reserves and contingencies to save the day.
This, if correct, is surely proof, if anyone needed it, of the risk of allowing a very small group of councillors to run everything to the almost total exclusion of the rest of the elected members.
During the last two years North Lincolnshire Council has been run by a very small inner cabinet, with one or two members seemingly anxious to control everything.
Council meetings have been reduced, reports apparently kept secret and debate almost non-existent.
Power has been in too few hands and we now appear to be reaping the consequences.
Surely it is not necessary for one councillor to control an array of portfolios.
There must be other members who could share the tasks.
I am sure a larger cabinet, with more freedom to act, would benefit everyone in North Lincolnshire.
I suspect many members of the controlling group have little idea what is happening at present. - Mike Campion, Scawby