Defend Democratic Scrutiny in Brent

Scrutiny is an important part of the democratic process. When Brent's Cabinet is only made up of Labour Councillors, it is important that Opposition Councillors can request a review of Cabinet decisions.

The Labour Leader of the Council (Cllr Butt) has asked Debra Normal, Corporate Director at Brent Council, to look at increasing the number of required signatures (by Councillors) for a call-in — a request to review decisions. Cllr Butt wants to increase the number from 5 to somewhere around 10.

If this change occurs, call-in’s would no longer take place because there are only eight elected members for opposition parties (the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups) on Brent Council.

This would make democratic scrutiny in Brent Council impossible.

Sign our ePetition to "Oppose any changes to the required number of signatures to initiate a call-in (review) of Cabinet decisions and to support the continuation of democratic scrutiny in Brent."




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