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What does the Council policy say about whether or not you can attend misconduct meetings etc please?
The Council did advise me that I could not attend, but I was not aware that I would not see the reply from the elected member to my paper. I asked immediately to see the reply, but never received a reply. there
Have you asked the Council for their policy in relation to this type of matter?
Sorry, I got distracted! Carrying on from above...there was only one meeting and it was at that meeting that the decision not send any information to me was taken, so I never had a chance to get my question answered. I was on the Council for 26 years.
Have you asked the Council for their policy?
The policy is not to ask EITHER party to attend.
Ok - what you can do is take the following steps:
1) Write to the Chief Officer of the Council and make a formal complaint
This will then be investigated and can be reported back to you
2) If you are not happy then you can complain to your Local Councillor
They are elected and are there to do work for you
3) If the above does not work then you can complain to the Ombudsman
They are independent and can examine your complaint regarding the Council and its process
They offer a free service and can be contacted at: www.lgo.org.uk
But they would have expected you to have taken the above steps first
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
One problem, I know that the CEO was present at the meeting!
Ok - but you should still take the following steps - they must give you a final response before you can go to the Ombudsman
Can I clarify anything else?
No thank you. I will try the CEO and seewhat happens. I had already considered the Ombudsman for a later stage. From what I have told you do you think that the Council's approach was a reasonable one?
I can't say - it really depends on their policy
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The policy is as I have stated- no attendance by either party. My problem is that there is nothing stated about the complainant not receiving any statement made by the other party. The policy is silent, which is why I asked for clarification, and got no response.