The Vale of Glamorgan Council has, at long last, begun to publish a register of each councillor’s attendance at council meetings and committee meetings – but the figures only go back one month, rather than covering the entire period of the current Labour administration since May 2012.
The council was forced to publish each councillor’s attendance register following a knife-edge vote in a council meeting in December last year. The motion – opposed by Labour – scraped through by just one vote .
The motion had come from Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent Sully) and Cllr Christopher Williams (Independent Dinas Powys).
Cllr Mahoney said his motion would require that “All councillors attendance records at full council and all other committees of which they are members be clearly displayed on their members’ page on the Vale of Glamorgan council website, and updated monthly.”
The Independent motion was supported by Plaid Cymru whose leader Cllr Ian Johnson had a message for councillors seeking re-election in this spring’s forthcoming elections.
Cllr Johnson told members : – “if you are scared of … having your attendance record scrutinised then perhaps you are in the wrong position, and should consider where you are in May” .
The result of the vote – which was unrecorded and conducted by show of hands – was 22 FOR and 21 AGAINST.
However there was a fatal flaw in the motion . It did not indicate exactly how much information the council would be required to divulge.
It now seems as though the Vale Council is only going to publish the figures as from last month on – and is not going to place on the record the complete records of councillors’ attendance since they were elected to office in 2012 – information which would be useful when voters go to the polls to elect a new council in May .