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Interesting:
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Conservative home has a COPN Conservative Chairman Of Political Assistants Network of the 70 or so assiatants says
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We are a different breed entirely and should not be tarred with the same brush.
Yes it is interesting to discuss this subject here is a conservative view of how valuable the Political Assistant is and
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There are certainly those who don't like the role of Political Assistants. In my experience this is either down to an individual's simple lack of knowledge about our role, or their inherent distrust of council officers

Well he would say that wouldn't he!

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/localgovernment/2008/12/we-are-not-cour.html

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Coffee Talk & New Member Introductions / Re: Happy New Year !
« Last Post by Dougal on December 31, 2010, 09:49:13 pm »


Happy New Year All  :santa_smiley:


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Political News & Debate / Re: The Editor Strikes Back!
« Last Post by Geoff Reid on December 31, 2010, 09:23:57 pm »
Interesting:

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The role of Political Assistants  comes under section 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. There is no statutory requirement to appoint Political Assistants. Members may choose to do so, either on a full or part-time basis. A local authority may appoint up to three assistants for political groups subject to stringent conditions and safeguards.

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.....the local authority cannot delegate any functions to an assistant, and no other authority officer can be required to work under the direction of an assistant (other than in respect of secretarial or clerical services)

.......Political Assistants undertake such tasks as constituent case work, media relations, research and a degree of administrative work to support the demanding and full-time roles of their Councillors.



Contained in an answer to a Freedom Of Information Request I submitted to SBC was the following sentence:

Quote from: Sharon Druett
"I can also confirm during the time period requested Mr Campbell deputised for Cllr Fionuala Foley at a conference on Reducing Domestic Violence 5.10.09"

Can 'deputising at a conference', (for Fionualala Foley who was Deputy Leader of the council at that point?), be accurately described as 'constituent case work, media relations, research or administrative work'.....

.....or would 'deputising for the Deputy Leader' be better described as performing a 'delegated function', albeit temporarily, for the leadership of Swindon Borough Council? 


Naturally Mr Campbell claimed expenses.



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Coffee Talk & New Member Introductions / Re: Happy New Year !
« Last Post by thinktank on December 31, 2010, 08:58:29 pm »
Happy new year and 2011 will bring a VAT increase on Tuesday followed by oh enough of the Grinch all of you have a good one  :santa_wink:
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Justin Tomlinson MP - Swindon North / Re: Justin Tomlinson Letter to the Adver
« Last Post by thinktank on December 31, 2010, 08:55:00 pm »
Will the Coalition be around in May 2012 or by then will it have morphed into the "wrong trousers" here grommit! :2funny:
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Swindon Has representative on the Cotswold Water Park Joint Committee, is that the same as a management board? http://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/mgOutsideBodyDetails.aspx?ID=461&J=1

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Political News & Debate / Re: Rod Bluh Losing The Plot
« Last Post by thinktank on December 31, 2010, 08:38:43 pm »
Well happy new year to you Councillor Bluh.  Hope you don't balls-up in 2011 quite as badly as you did in 2010.

When even the pantomime troll, 20Eyes, goes on public record to say that he thinks that you'll f*ck up every decision you have to make, you know it's time to jump (or be pushed).

Oh no he won't, A Mole He's behind you!
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Political News & Debate / Re: Nationwide Show A 0.4% Climb in House Prices
« Last Post by thinktank on December 31, 2010, 08:36:51 pm »
Easy mortgage lending, sounds like a recipe for financial disaster.
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Political News & Debate / Re: The Editor Strikes Back!
« Last Post by thinktank on December 31, 2010, 08:35:10 pm »
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Emma Boon from the Tax Payer Alliance states that political assistants give policy advice.

NB. Not sure what happens in Swindon about policy advice and Political Assistants as a search of the SBC website only brings up one reference to/mention of Political assistants (Why is that? Am I doing something wrong with the search facility?)

The role of Political Assistants  comes under section 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. There is no statutory requirement to appoint Political Assistants. Members may choose to do so, either on a full or part-time basis. A local authority may appoint up to three assistants for political groups subject to stringent conditions and safeguards. The general role of Political Assistants is to undertake research and provide administrative support for political groups. Some local authorities employ Political Assistants to work directly with political groups in the development of policy priorities. Any such posts are employed by and funded by the Council.

The appointment of Political Assistants is covered by the Local Government and Housing
Act, the Local Authorities (Standing Order) (England) Regulations 2001 and the Local
Government (Assistants for Political Groups) (Remuneration) (England) Order 2006.

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Here is a example/model that one/some council's may consider using to appoint Political Assistants. Please check and confirm all information with any particular local authority before relying on its authenticity. This is for illustrative purposes only.


The appointment of each assistant is down to the political group that each post (political
assistant) is to represent. The selectors can take account of the candidate's political activities
during the selection process, although the posts are 'politically restricted'.

The criteria laid down for the posts are that
only one post can be appointed to a political group
the three largest groups in each authority qualify for a post (if the membership of the
group consists of at least 10% of the membership of the authority)
although it is for the authority to determine the salary payable, the remuneration of
the assistants must not exceed £37,206 being the maximum figure specified by The
Local Government (Assistants for Political Groups) (Remuneration) (England) Order
2006. This is equivalent to spinal column point 44 on the NJC pay scales.
Their terms and conditions must not be less favourable than those of other political
assistants in the authority.
the contract of employment must terminate at or before the annual council meeting
following the first elections after the person was appointed (or the first annual
council meeting after the person has been in post for three years if the council is
elected by thirds)
the local authority cannot delegate any functions to an assistant, and no other
authority officer can be required to work under the direction of an assistant (other
than in respect of secretarial or clerical services)

Unlike other politically restricted posts, political assistants are not restricted from speaking to the public at large or publishing any written or artistic work that could give the impression that they are advocating support for a political party. However, they may not speak in public so as to create the impression that they are speaking as an authorised representative of a political party. They must also not publish or be involved in the publication of a written or artistic work, which gives the impression that the publication is authorised by a political party. Political Assistants undertake such tasks as constituent case work, media relations, research and a degree of administrative work to support the demanding and full-time roles of their Councillors.
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Political News & Debate / Are The Conservative's Going Bonkers?
« Last Post by Ringer on December 31, 2010, 06:47:01 pm »
Housing Minister wants it made easier to get mortgages he must be having a giraffe.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20101231/tuk-uk-britain-mortgages-fa6b408.html

Have the mortgage brokers learned nothing about toxic debt? It looks like the conservatives have not, that is why believe this is a Bankers bonkers suggestion.
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