That the Committee consider a request by a Member to be provided with an indemnity for costs incurred upon their own choice of legal representation in respect of dealing with a complaint concerning an alleged breach of the Members’ Code of Conduct.The last time this happened, the council was asked to cover the high costs of a lawyer for Brian Coleman (reported in the Times series here). Coleman lost, by the way.
So, who is this councillor facing a standards committee hearing? Will they win? And how much will it cost us?
P.S. Some of the details of the request would be truly hilarious if they weren't so outrageous. How about this:
4. RISK MANAGEMENT ISSUES
...Members and Officers who do not believe that they will be indemnified whilst performing their duties for the Council, may not be willing to undertake those duties, if they consider that they may be held personally liable for costs associated with proceedings lodged in connection with matters relating to their Council duties.
5. EQUALITIES AND DIVERSITY ISSUES
5.1 The proposals in this report address an issue that potentially impedes Members from participating fully in public service within the wider community.