Public given more time to have say

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PEOPLE have another chance to take part in an ongoing public inquiry into the interests of councillors and their links to the voluntary and community sector.

The inquiry is also examining the effectiveness and transparency of Hartlepool Borough Council’s commissioning and grant-funding arrangements for that sector and the declarations of interest made by councillors.

It follows the publication of the Local Government Association Peer Review and is being chaired by Middlesbrough-based barrister Tom Mitchell.

There has been a number of sessions for the public and the voluntary and community sector, but now an extra day has been organised for any person or group to submit information. It will be on Monday, May 20, again in half-hour sessions starting at 10am.

Mr Mitchell said: “I felt it was important to allow further time for people to have their say, which is why I have now included the additional day of May 20.

“I would also be very pleased to hear from any current or former Hartlepool council employee who feels they have something to contribute.”

Meanwhile, councillors and former councillors can have their say between Wednesday, May 15 and Friday, May 17.

If any councillor or former councillor is also a member of the voluntary and community sector, they are asked to attend the sessions for councillors.

People can also email comments to All sessions must be pre-booked on (01429) 523647.