Here at Trib Towers, we get all sorts of information and leaks, some of it finds its way into this blog, other items are so serious that we try and channel it directly to where it can be properly evaluated. But the latest piece of information, which has arrived in four different forms, and through 6 very different sources, is something that we are simply unable to process and handle discreetly.
It does however need to be properly in the public domain, and someone in officialdom, needs to act on it without delay and ensure the results are made very public.
This is the basis of our knowledge so far. It is being seriously suggested that several members ie councillors are KNOWN by council officers to be seriously in arrears, over council tax payments on their properties. Several names have been quoted, and the same names are repeated by 3 different sources. So why does this matter?
Simply if an elected member is in default over council tax, we are led to believe that he/she cannot lawfully vote in council or within Cabinet or as a member of a committee. Clearly officers should have picked up on this and advised the member (s) in default accordingly. They have to withdraw from all votes, there is no room for manoeuvre.
So it stands to reason if this information is correct, then some votes recently passed by council are in fact null and void. The results of those votes should not be acted upon.
We'd ask some of our legal friends out there, to dig up the exact wording of the legal authority relating to this situation.
As soon as we have assembled a dossier, it will be on its way to London in addition to being the basis of a formal complaint directly to Council. In the interim period, if any Council Officers are sitting on this information and knowingly allowing the votes to stand, they may wish to urgently consider their own position.
We are raising this now as soon a vote will need to be taken on the current budget proposal, which will see disabled people saddled with an extra £12 a month payment of council tax, and many other issues.
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