In the Code of Conduct
we found these two definitions
ACCOUNTABILITY: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
OPENNESS: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
So as tomorrow is the last day of "consultation" we here at FCCL will be sending an email next Monday to every member of the fire authority and senior members of the management team at WYFRS asking them (in the spirit of openness and accountability of course ) what they have done in regard of promoting the consultation process.
How many public / private meetings have they organised ?
How many public / private meetings have they attended ?
How many emails they have had from constituents in opposition (or favour) of the proposed cuts in provision?
But sadly we are prepared to be bitterly disappointed - we suspect that many will simply not reply - some such as Cllr Gil Thornton & MP Hilary Benn will even show contempt and delete our emails unread. (in which case we will have to FOI them for the information ).
But it does already seem that deals are being done behind closed doors.............
the tail you can see disappearing is that of the station cat at Haworth - station cat reported that last night her fire station had a very special visitor, its so interesting we have posted the whole message below.
"Deputy Chief Steve Beckley at Haworth last night; Told them that Keighley is to lose a pump in April and
Haworthwill be staying open for the time being. What happened to the consultation process? Mr Beckley is the Deputy who has taken his pension but stayed on, so he now gets £60,000 salary and £60,000 pension, taking him back up to his original £120,000. He will also be drawing interest on his half a million lump sum at the same time, so another £10,000 there. Could he be the best part time employee in the county? "
YES - we think he probably is !!!
(this scheme is NOT open to ordinary fire fighters btw)
With information like this - its no wonder we at FCCL get cross - we have of course emailed Simon Pilling to ask if this is TRUE - for a start was DFO Beckley at Keighley last night would be a good place to start.
BUT it seems that deals are already being done ------ without the consultation process even finishing..................
anyway for nearly the last time (well till next year)
IF YOU OBJECT TO THE CUTS PLEASE
Email Hannah Stoneman (HERE)
(And don’t forget to copy in your MP,
Fire authority members,
see the Contacts list for their E-mail addresses HERE
Or Write to her Here:-
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue