The York Council’s Executive is to consider its relationship with agent bodies and companies tomorrow.
The move comes in the wake of criticism of several bodies not least York City Trading where audits revealed that inappropriate payments had been made. Other problems arose in relations with the York Museums Trust over charging arrangements and Make it York where apparently unilateral decisions angered residents
The organisations concerned depend on Council taxpayers for a lot of their income
One common criticism was a lack of transparency shown by the organisations (they are not subject to Freedom of Information legislation).
Concerns were also expressed that performance indicators – where published – were inappropriate or “soft”.
The expectation was the new Council would shake up the bodies and inject more democratic accountability.
Instead a disappointing report concentrates only on governance issues. Steps are being taken to separate executive and customer functions but little else. We will still have a bureaucratic muddle with little consistency and no new commitment to openness.
If approved without change, the Council will stand accused of ignoring many of the concerns expressed by taxpayers over the last five of years.