Birmingham chief: Law Soc consultation "waste of money"

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    I think the Monitoring Officer should be a layman, albeit a very experienced officer in his own field.

    Views on a council proposal can have more to do with what the residents want than some legal technicality.

    Surely, some of the executives already have legal qualifications. How many more lawyers does a council need?

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  • Anonymous doesn't know how local authorities work

    Local authorities have a raft of advisers on 'commercial' and financial issues.

    The MO is precisely there to deal with legality and, really, nothing else.

    It is the role of members and service heads to determine policy.

    It is slightly incredible that a legal qualification is not already mandatory.

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  • I agree with second anonymous. An MO who isn't a qualified lawyer is as useful as a S.151 Officer with no accounting qualifications. In that regard I agree with the Law Society's principle motive but think that the new designation is simply telling LA's what to do with their monitoring arrangements as well as wasting their time and our money.

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