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Declarations of Interest
(Report No. 44-11/12 and Appendices)
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(All Wards) (Report No. 44/11-12)
Special Circumstances Justifying Urgent Consideration
The Chair was of the opinion that although this report has not been available for at least five clear days before the meeting, nonetheless it should be considered now as a matter of urgency because the process for arranging a call-in meeting does not always enable the provision of five clear working days notice (paragraph 16.1(c) of the Scrutiny Procedure Rules).
The Lead Scrutiny Officer explained the process by which the call-in would be considered following which Councillor Jeremy Clyne was invited by the Chair to outline his reason for the call-in.
Following concerns raised by Councillor Clyne pertaining to pricing and the decision notice, the Legal Adviser responded as follows:-
Councillor Clyne then proceeded to raise concerns pertaining to the officer’s responses. He made reference to pages 3 – 7 of the report and raised issues regarding promotion of services; printed publications; assurances that matters of political controversy were dealt with fairly; quarterly publications; partnership newspaper and whether this is permitted under the Code of Practice on Local Authority Publicity; the challenge of editorial advertorials; the tendering and bidding process with independent local newspapers; the lack of financial details to ascertain why certain bidders had been chosen than others.
In response, the Divisional Director of Campaigns and Communications firstly acknowledged the support received by the procurement and legal divisions and also responses received from the South London Press and Southwark News who had put a lot of work into the tendering process. He, along with the Head of Media Relations, proceeded to make the following points:-