‘New era of openness’ at York council promised by Labour leader

City of York Council HQ. Photograph: YorkMix
3 Dec 2014 @ 2.47 pm
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All decisions taken in public… the council’s West Offices HQ

‘Public, open, transparent’ – that’s how City of York Council should be in future.

So says the man most likely to become its next leader.

Cllr Dafydd Williams, elected leader of the Labour Group on Saturday (November 29) has set out his vision for a more accountable local authority.

Should he be elected leader of the council as expected on December 11, he intends to take all decisions by his administration in public.

“I propose to make all decision sessions public meetings, with published agendas and webcasting or audio recording as with all other council meetings.

“This shows the council to be open and transparent and that we welcome the public’s input into, and scrutiny of, the decision making process.”

– Cllr Williams

The Labour leader also proposes to create a cross-party working group to oversee improvements to governance, openness and transparency.

“The charge that the council is not open and transparent I don’t accept, but these proposals show we will be more open where we can be.

“And these changes represent an immediate priority for me should I be elected council leader on 11th December.”

– Cllr Williams