“Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) has launched a Monitoring Officer Defence Scheme in partnership with law firm Weightmans.
LLG said the new full member benefit would apply to monitoring officers or their deputies when acting in that capacity and was designed to provide advice and assistance with issues relating to the statutory role.
The offer includes a telephone advice line, a conference meeting and preferential terms in tribunal proceedings.
The scheme will run under the experienced lead of Simon Goacher, a partner at Weightmans.
Prior to joining Weightmans, Goacher spent nearly two decades practising local government law. His roles included Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer at Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council
Full terms and conditions of use are available in the member section of the LLG website at http://www.lawingov.org.uk.”
The public who take their cases to Monitoring Officers get the toothless, pretty-much-useless Local Government Ombudsman.
And should Monitoring Officers really need such help – if they don’t understand their statutory role and its responsibilities, why are they in the job in the first place?