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The public should know all we can about the business of the decision makers that affect our lives, our wallets and our democracy. This is a record of my efforts to try and improve the levels of transparency and accountability within Sheffield City Council and others. To shine a light on how decisions are made and where the money goes. If I can also help others to find their own voice and influence along the way, then that is a bonus.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Police & Crime Panel meeting on 19th November 2014, by Nigel Slack.

The Police & Crime Panel is the body that is intended to provide scrutiny of the Police & Crime Commissioner. The legislation that created it and the PCC set the panel up more as a support for the PCCs's work, as representative of the public engagement and as such the crutiny powers that the panel has are very limited. This became very apparent during the crisis over the previous PCC and his refusal to stand down. It then became clear that this panel had no powers to sack or insist on the resignation of the PCC.

This particular meeting was called to try and look at ways forward for the Panel and whether public engagement was a part of this? The meeting was webcast, so I will not be going into great detail and will largely let the broadcast speak for itself. The public involvement in the meeting starts after the report from Debbie Pons and includes questions from colleagues in Neighboutrhood Watch and myself representing Sheffield for Democracy. Be aware that the video is silent for the first few minutes, the engineer can be seen trying to fix this but it kicks in before the PCC's introduction.

This is a video file direct from the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council website.
If there are any problems viewing this file please go to this page and check out the player there - http://www.rotherham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/154494

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