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News and Comment January 2012

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20 January - A culture of secrecy

Deputy Director Toni AingeThe peculiar arrangements by which Bexley council allows a Director and a Deputy Director to be a married couple are not something they wish to be questioned about. A Freedom of Information request about the appointment of Antonia Ainge as Deputy Director of Cultural Services and her qualifications for the job was refused. Apparently it is not appropriate for tax payers to know if their money is being spent supporting nepotism or not. Fortunately the information Commissioner disagrees and has told Bexley council that it should cough up the information. Bexley’s excuse for their anticipated refusal will make interesting reading.


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