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Council leader steps in over councillor's attendance row

 
Created on 22/05/2018 @ 14:44
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The leader of Powys County Council has issued a statement over a councillor’s claim that his autism and asperger’s syndrome condition had affected his attendance at council meetings.

A political row broke out at Powys County Council over the rejection of Councillor Pete Roberts as chairman of the Learning Skills and Economy Scrutiny Committee.

The councillor was about to be voted off as the paid chairman of the important scrutiny committee because of a poor attendance record when he made a passionate speech to the council announcing he had high functioning Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

A vote of 33-24 rejected the Liberal Democrat’s nomination of the Llandrindod Councillor sparking its Leader Councillor James Gibson-Watt to call it a “shameful day for Powys County Council.”

Today, Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Leader of Powys County Council, said: “There is little doubt that it took courage for Cllr Peter Roberts to share his condition with the rest of Council on Thursday, May 17.
 
“However, despite the personal statement by Cllr Roberts councillors did not support that he should continue as Chair of a key Scrutiny Committee because of concerns about his overall attendance record, and not because of the statement he made at Council. This was at the same time that Council supported a fresh approach to scrutiny.
 
“The attendance of councillors is a matter of public record and this can be found on our website.
 
“The Council is committed to assisting elected members so that they fulfil their role and ensure they carry out their duties to the best of their ability and serve the people of Powys.
 
“The matter of the election of Chair now rests with the Scrutiny Committee.  Whatever the outcome, the Council will wish to see effective scrutiny to support our continuing improvement journey.”
 
To view the attendance of councillors visit http://powys.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

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