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F15/455

Costs of investigation

Request Description

I would like to be provided with the following in respect of the complaint made against Mr William Ashley (then Councillor Ashley) in respect of an alleged breach in the Members code of conduct.

From 1st April 2014 until 1st June 2015, the time/hours/days spent on the complaint (including meetings attended) by the external investigation officer and the cost (£) to the Council and including expenses.

From the same period of time, the time/hours/days spent on the complaint (including meetings attended) by the Independent Person and the cost (£) to the Council and including expenses.

From the same period of time, the time/hours/days spent on the complaint (including meetings attended) by the Councils Monitoring Officer and Head of Democratic & Legal Services.

From the same period of time, the time/hours/days spent on the complaint by the Members of the Standards Subcommittees which includes meetings, discussions,communication and time spent familiarising themselves with the complaint.

Request Date26 June 2015
Requested byIndividual
Released Date  

28 July 2015   

Response
  • The external investigation officer cost £4,234.58 (inc VAT).  No information on the time spent etc is available. 
  • Similarly, no information is available on the time spent etc of the Independent person. 
  • The Independent Person receives no allowances etc other that mileage expenses.  The sum involved is less than £30 and we believe it would be disproportionate to spend officer time in extrapolating the exact figure. 
  • Council officers do not record time on specific activities.  Similarly, no information is held on time spent by members of the Standards Sub-Committee other than the actual duration of meetings that can be ascertained from the Minutes.
Refused

                                                               

Refusal