Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Glasgow, Generous Gifts, No Records



As regular readers know, Glasgow City Councill claims to have 'no records' on the decision of its chief executive, Annemarie O'Donnell, to approve what amounted to the 'gift' of £120,000 to its outgoing director finance, Lynn Brown, so that her colleague senior official could access her pension early.

I have now raised this matter with the Scottish Information Commissioner as I simply do not believe that Scotland's largest council has no records on such an important matter - and I am supported in this view by the following extract from Glasgow City Council's Vital Records Policy which states:

"This policy was approved by the Information Advisory Board and has been issued as a binding Procedural Rule by the Director of Governance and Solicitor to the Council, in terms of the Council's scheme of delegated functions".

Now what I don't get is that this 'binding procedural rule' has been issued by the Council's Director of Governance and Solicitor to the Council.

Yet the letter from Glasgow insisting that the Council has 'no records' is signed by none other than the Director of Governance and Solicitor to the Council, Carole Forrest.

Surely someone has to accept responsibility and consider their position because if you ask me, the Council looks completely ridiculous.