Mayor John Biggs’ manifesto included a commitment to improving transparency and the Transparency Protocol highlights the drive to fulfil that commitment. Alongside the Protocol, the Mayor also attends O&S meetings as invited, personally answers questions at council meeting and tables a full written report for council including details of his diary and meeting events.
The Transparency Protocol provides an overview of actions the council takes to promote transparency and actions the Mayor has put in place to improve transparency; and proposes a further set of long-term actions.
The purpose of the Protocol is to ‘ensure that residents and members will be informed, involved and empowered to scrutinise and hold the Mayor and Cabinet to account’ and it ‘will increase the transparency around decision making; the mayor’s activities and priorities; procurement, contracts and grants and budgets and expenditure.’
Mayor John Biggs said:
“People’s confidence in the council’s ability to work in a fair and transparent way was damaged by the previous mayor and I’m focussed on reversing that. As I have said before, we need to set a better, higher standard for openness and transparency.
“Last week the government announced that the commissioners will no longer directly run the council, after strong progress was made in improving performance – confidence in the council is returning and I hope our Transparency Protocol goes some way to restore people’s trust in our local politics.”