Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council to Consider a Vote of No Confidence

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council to Consider a Vote of No Confidence

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Byline: TOWN council which Adam Luke Reporter

ATOWN council which last year faced a bullying inquiry will meet tonight to consider a vote of no confidence against its management team.

Blyth Town Council's finance committee will discuss a motion put forward to bring in an external body to review the authority's finances and "organisational culture" and to implement an improvement plan to address the "dysfunctional organisation".

The submission, made by Coun Ken Ellis, claims that Blyth's Maritime Festival in July was not licensed properly and there were inaccuracies in accounts for the council, which is responsible for a budget of almost PS2.5m.

Coun Ellis' motion states: "Many elected members have no confidence in the ability of the Town Council and its current management to develop an improvement plan to address these issues, and that there is a dysfunctional organisational culture and atmosphere that is hindering the development of an organisation with a substantial budget and duties.

"It is the view of many elected members that, in the circumstances, there is a need to provide reassurance to the council taxpayers of Blyth that the Town Council is a body capable of managing its own affairs and substantially improving upon its current standing."

Coun Barry Elliot, a Ukip member on the council, said: "Since I have been a councillor I have had disagreements with members and staff, as in any organisation, but I think the management team are valuable assets. …

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