"Bradford Council chairman are best attenders"

"Bradford Council chairman are best attenders"

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Senior councillors in Bradford appear to be delivering the goods when it comes to attendance at meetings.

Most of the chairmen of the local authority’s various committees had a 100 per cent attendance record. And where there were absences, reasons varied from illness and hospital appointments to extra duties.

The figures have been released under the Freedom of Information Act and also detail special responsibility pay levels for the councillors.

Council leader David Green (Lab, Wibsey) attended 11 out of 12 meetings as chairman of the executive, receiving £36,259 as leader.

Councillor Lynne Smith (Lab, Wibsey) was at eight of nine meetings as chairman of the governance and audit committee, receiving £12,690. She said she missed a meeting because she was ill and points out that the job of chairman is broader than simply chairing the meeting.

Councillor Sinead Engel (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) was at eight out of ten employee appeals panel meetings, receiving £7,252. She said an appeal can last a number of days and involves detailed paperwork. In addition, she said, she attends a large number of other meetings.

Councillor David Warburton (Lab, Wyke) had a clean 14 out of 14 record as chairman of regulatory and appeals. But he added he also visits every planning application site on his agenda.

Councillor Doreen Lee (Lab, Keighley East) missed two of eight meetings and the Keighey and Shipley area planning panel due to hospital appointments.

As chairman of the education appeals panel, Councillor Vanda Greenwood (Lab, Windhill and Wrose) attended 16 out of 19 meetings. Her special allowance is £7,252. She pointed out that she also attends legal briefings, reads appeal papers and goes to public consultations with officers. This in addition to attendance at other meetings.

The councillor with the worst record was Mohammed Shafiq (Lab, Bradford Moor), chairman of the Bradford East area committee. He attended four out of seven meetings, with a special responsibility allowance of £12,690. Councillor Nazam Azam (Lab, City) was not called upon as chairman of the social services appeals panel. This is because no formal meetings were convened due to complaints being resolved at an early stage of the complaints process.

Coun Azam is also deputy chairman of the education appeals panel and has stood in for the chairman. He also goes to the regeneration and economy overview and scrutiny and Bradford West area committees.

His special responsibility allowance is £5,439.

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9:11am Tue 22 Apr 14

flogem says...

I wonder how many meetings they would attend if they didn't recieve special allowances.
I wonder how many meetings they would attend if they didn't recieve special allowances. flogem
  • Score: 7

11:29am Tue 22 Apr 14

G_Firth says...

One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election.
Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so.
One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election. Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so. G_Firth
  • Score: 7

5:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

thornburyph says...

Oh dear mr Shafiq .... And u are up for re election. Not looking good.
Oh dear mr Shafiq .... And u are up for re election. Not looking good. thornburyph
  • Score: 1

9:04pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Reality001 says...

G_Firth wrote:
One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election.
Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so.
No candidates would be expelled from an election if there was a breach of the elections rules by the media. It would involve the media being fined.
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election. Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so.[/p][/quote]No candidates would be expelled from an election if there was a breach of the elections rules by the media. It would involve the media being fined. Reality001
  • Score: 1

7:30am Wed 23 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

What a waste of a internet space'

Most people in Bradford know that the council are blood sucking leeches who have not done anything above what is expected of them: wow if some of them can attend meetings and do their friggin useless jobs.

Waste of space the lot of em: sack em all and replace em
With one legged monkeys riddled with fleas: we might get progress then!
What a waste of a internet space' Most people in Bradford know that the council are blood sucking leeches who have not done anything above what is expected of them: wow if some of them can attend meetings and do their friggin useless jobs. Waste of space the lot of em: sack em all and replace em With one legged monkeys riddled with fleas: we might get progress then! Not so simple
  • Score: 1

9:40am Wed 23 Apr 14

Steve30d says...

Reality001 wrote:
G_Firth wrote:
One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election.
Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so.
No candidates would be expelled from an election if there was a breach of the elections rules by the media. It would involve the media being fined.
Seems to me the T&A is suggesting all those not mentioned by name had 100% attendence. I didn't know of Councillor David Warburton,but given his clean record it does seem a tad strange to lump him in with others.
[quote][p][bold]Reality001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: One begs the question why they have released this story this close to the election. Added to that because they haven't included all committee members from all parties it is very close to being in violation to election rules that could get all of the Labour candidates expelled from the election if found to be so.[/p][/quote]No candidates would be expelled from an election if there was a breach of the elections rules by the media. It would involve the media being fined.[/p][/quote]Seems to me the T&A is suggesting all those not mentioned by name had 100% attendence. I didn't know of Councillor David Warburton,but given his clean record it does seem a tad strange to lump him in with others. Steve30d
  • Score: 0

9:58am Wed 23 Apr 14

kully says...

what a waste of space this story, so close to election time. T&A could have done better as a local paper. people are not bothered which councillor attended which and how many meetings, the are all same.
T&A is not as good as national tabloid papers who would have made a good story out of this information.
what a waste of space this story, so close to election time. T&A could have done better as a local paper. people are not bothered which councillor attended which and how many meetings, the are all same. T&A is not as good as national tabloid papers who would have made a good story out of this information. kully
  • Score: 0

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