Advice upstairs

THE open debate at the Town Hall over how Camden should respond to being skint on Monday turned to the prospect of councillors defying the government over their battered settlement by breaking all the rules and setting a deficit budget. As councillors and ex-councillors stumbled around the issue of whether local politicians would be surcharged for a rebellion or not, maybe they should have looked up to the council chamber balconies for some legal advice on local government law. I’m told a former borough solicitor listened into the launch of Camden United Against The Cuts group from up there.


4 Comments on Advice upstairs

  1. Cllr Peter Brayshaw // January 17, 2011 at 1:16 am //

    The surcharge provisions were abolished by the Local Government Act 2000.

    simples!

  2. Richard Osley // January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am //

    Frank Dobson told the meeting councillors could be surcharged.

  3. Albert Shanker // January 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm //

    Shanker understands that legal advice was aksed for – and it involves how the budget process is set, not surcharging.

  4. Local Tory // January 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm //

    Presumably Albert is about to find out about s.114(2)(b) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, and s.19A of the Audit Commission Act 1998, then.

    They’ll pose, then they’ll set a lawful budget.

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