Some odd perspectives on council spending and accountability
When South Tyneside Council grants cash to voluntary organisations, ever wondered how it is looked after?
Just musing here about how accountable certain organisations are when operating under the umbrella of South Tyneside Borough Council (or other such councils for that matter), did you know for instance that:
- South Tyneside Council has no complaints procedure in place after it makes the granting of funds to a voluntary organisation, and that the organisation concerned is expected to have such policies in place to deal with complaints.
- When BT South Tyneside, the council’s strategic partner, makes a payment to a voluntary organisation it is accountable to South Tyneside Council and that the council is then accountable to the electorate.
- Some voluntary organisations’ management teams or committees are attended by an observer of South Tyneside Council, who may not necessarily be required to make a report or record minutes that members of the public may scrutinise.
I offer this purely as news for you to consider and ponder over, seems to me a very odd way to steward the money of council tax payers, especially in times of financial restrain when every penny will count.