IN TIMES OF BLATANT CORRUPTION ONE WONDERS IF THIS NEW GROUPING OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE WILL ACTUALLY MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL?
WE COULD ALSO ASK WHO THE OTHER TWO INDEPENDANT MEMBERS ACTUALLY ARE?
PAMELA BROWN, WORKS FOR LIVERPOOL DIRECT LIMITED!
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Standards committee gets more independence
LIVERPOOL City Council's standards watchdog is to have an independent chair for the next year.
And for the first time since the Standards Committee - which was established in 2000 - there will be a majority of independent members compared with councillors.
The Committee promotes and maintains appropriate standards of conduct for councillors and officers in the city council. It also deals with reports of an ethical nature, oversees the whistle-blowing policy and overviews the handing of complaints and ombudsman investigations.
A review of ethical standards in the city council by the Audit Commission suggested that in the "interests of open and accountability the committee should be chaired by an independent member."
Following a public advertisement and recruitment process, Howard Winik has been appointed be chair of the Committee. His appointment was confirmed at the Council's Annual meeting.
Mr Winik graduated in dental surgery at the University of Liverpool and worked as a dentist in the area for a number of years. He became a magistrate in 1990 and serves in both the adult and youth courts.
He is currently Chairman of the Bench and also serves as a mentor and appraiser for new magistrates. He has occupied positions on the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's Advisory Committee for Justices of the Peace, the Merseyside Area Judicial Forum, the Court of the University of Liverpool, has served as chairman and member of several tribunals including the fields of health , education and other issues. He is also an 08 ambassador for the city.
He said: "High ethical standards and absolute integrity are essential if the community is to have trust and confidence in their local politicians.
"I hope that the new standards committee will be able to work positively and constructively with all members of the city council to ensure these qualities are not only practised, but are seen to be practised.
"I think this would be to everyone's benefit"
The other new committee member is Kim Lumberg who, after graduating, embarked on a business management career spanning some 25 years with the John Lewis Partnership and has specialised in training, human resources and customer services.
She has been a magistrate, a member of the Young Musician of the Year Committee and a Red Cross volunteer. She has been a recruitment Manager for a local company and is currently a Manager for Jonathan Kay. She has experience of employment hearings and the application of an ethical framework in the workplace.
They will join the other two independent members, Pamela Brown and Hugh Thompson along with city councillors Stuart Monkcom and Gideon Ben-Tovim on the committee for 2007/8.ENDS