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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Cllr Butt Stakes Our Money on His Reputation

Back when Cllr Muhammed Butt first became Council Leader, he made a number of suggestions that he intended to be more open and democratic than his immediate predecessor.  In practice, I think he has been very much the opposite, not least in his odd practices with Cara Davani and other senior officers.  A striking example comes in this week's Cabinet papers relating to Council finances. 

With very little publicity either inside or outside the Labour Party, he is proposing that powers to fix the revenue support grant simply be delegated to himself and the Chief Executive.  This would apply to the grant up to 2019/20, and is a major decision.  Delegating the decision in this way demands a great deal of faith in two people, and I suspect the acknowledged reputational damage that the Council admits it has suffered under Cllr Butt's leadership means that faith is not widely shared. 

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