Don’t Blame The Council committee to be formed

Wigan Town Hall
Wigan Town Hall

TOWN hall chiefs are in talks to form a committee to consider the findings of the Don’t Blame the Council review, the Wigan Evening Post understands.

The local authority has not confirmed its intentions, but councillors are thought to have been in consultation about the role and scope of the committee.

The ongoing probe is being conducted by two officers and this move will bring elected members into the scrutiny process.

Councillors were denied the chance to discuss the controversial ITV documentary – which caused widespread anger because of its negative portrayal of the borough – at the last full council meeting and were informed they would be kept up-to-date with the review’s findings.

When asked about the committee, a council spokesman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on specifics of the internal investigation while it is ongoing.”

The committee will contain members of the ruling Labour Party along with the representatives of the official opposition: the Conservative and Wigan Independent Network coalition.

Leader Coun James Grundy and his deputy Coun Don Hodgkinson are thought to be the most likely candidates to sit alongside Labour figures.

Last week assistant director for trading Steve Cassie was dismissed.