Hereford Futures - council does not hold board papers

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HEREFORDSHIRE Council has no HFL board papers despite councillors and the council’s former chief executive attending HFL Board meetings - and the council committing nearly £3m in funding to the company.

That confirmation comes in papers prepared for the council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Monday (March 10).

The council says that as none of its serving officers are director HFL it is “difficult to give a definitive answer” as to why HFL board papers were not in its possession.

However, the council says that any councillor who attended an HFL Board meeting will have done so “in their capacity as a director of the company” and not as a councillor.

In the event, the council says, that members they held any HFL papers, they will not have  been held in their capacity as a councillor.

In January this year, the overview and scrutiny committee considered a report  relating to the Freedom of Information (FoI) act and arm’s length companies.

Members were told that  FoI did not apply to HFL as an arm’s length company despite the extent of the council’s funding of the company.

Instead, the council says, the company’s creation, redevelopment remit, and subsequent activity had been considered in a series of  reports to Cabinet.

The council maintains that where the performance of any council service, whether delivered in  house, or through a third party such as HFL, is of interest to the public, or is causing concern, it can be “monitored and assured” by overview & scrutiny.

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3:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

"However, the council says that any councillor who attended an HFL Board meeting will have done so “in their capacity as a director of the company” and not as a councillor."

This is compete rubbish - the Articles of Association of Hereford Futures Ltd make it quite clear this is a public-private-partn
ership and that the Council Leader and the Chief Executive sit on the board because they are representing the council and that they could not hold the position otherwise.

As directors they would have had access to all documents - to say otherwise is simply unbelievable.
"However, the council says that any councillor who attended an HFL Board meeting will have done so “in their capacity as a director of the company” and not as a councillor." This is compete rubbish - the Articles of Association of Hereford Futures Ltd make it quite clear this is a public-private-partn ership and that the Council Leader and the Chief Executive sit on the board because they are representing the council and that they could not hold the position otherwise. As directors they would have had access to all documents - to say otherwise is simply unbelievable. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 9

8:44pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Hereford person says...

Shortly minutes of these secret meeting should be available to those who fund this quango, the tax payer.
Shortly minutes of these secret meeting should be available to those who fund this quango, the tax payer. Hereford person
  • Score: 6

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