Breach of Local Government Act - statement from Chief Executive Anthony May
Nottinghamshire County Council Chief Executive, Anthony May, said:
“I can confirm that Nottinghamshire County Council has breached a section of the Local Government Act, which we didn’t know about at the time it happened. I am satisfied we made a genuine mistake. Now we are aware of this breach, having taken advice, we are required to deal with it by taking a report to full Council following processes which are also set out in law.
“The breach relates to the employment of a new member of our staff and officers who made the appointment used our normal procedures but were not aware of this particular element of the Act.
“Having considered the public interest, the report has not been made public because it contains personal and financial information about the member of staff and legal advice which the Council has received.
“It goes without saying this is a serious matter, so our report to councillors sets out the various factors for consideration in determining the way forward.
“Finally, in reporting this matter to the Council, I shall be making an unreserved apology to the Council and to the member of staff affected by this breach.”