Figures reveal number of meetings attended by members of Lichfield District Council

Figures have revealed the number of meetings members of Lichfield District Council have attended.

The local authority has released the number of sessions missed by members during the five months after last May’s election.

From the period covering May 17 to October 30, 11 councillors recorded 100% attendance. But a total of 82 meeting sessions were missed by the 47 members of the council.

See our guide to councillor attendance below:

Full breakdown of percentage of meetings attended:

  • J Allsopp 100
  • B Awty 82
  • N Bacon 100
  • D Baker 50
  • R Bamborough 89
  • S Banevicius 91
  • S Barnett 93
  • M Bland 57
  • G Boyle 75
  • B Constable 78
  • D Constable 63
  • R Cox 100
  • E Drinkwater 93
  • I Eadie 75
  • J Eagland 79
  • D Evans 79
  • B Fisher 100
  • H Fisher 80
  • C Greatorex 88
  • E Hassall 75
  • K Humphreys 38
  • D Leytham 89
  • T Marshall 85
  • T Matthews 92
  • J Mills 86
  • R Mosson 87
  • J O’Hagan 78
  • J Powell 92
  • I Pritchard 92
  • D Pullen 62
  • N Pullen 83
  • B Rayner 100
  • D Salter 100
  • O Shepherd 85
  • D Smedley 71
  • A Smith 100
  • C Spruce 88
  • M Stanhope 87
  • R Strachan 87
  • M Tittley 64
  • H Tranter 100
  • M Warfield 100
  • A White 100
  • M Wilcox 78
  • S Woodward 100
  • A Yeates 89
  • B Yeates 86

(Note: The number of meetings each councillor is scheduled to attend varies depending on the committees they sit on)

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13 Comments

  1. Loyal Lichfeldian

    15th January, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Interesting reading. In the business that I work, poor attendance leads to investigation and potential disciplinary action. Can I ask how the Council Leader will address this matter? It is astonishing that there is a councillor who has attended only 38% of his scheduled meetings – how is this democracy? who is protecting the interests of his constituents. I seem to recall that Councillors voted a large pay increase for themselves yet the poor Council workers get 1% – any comment from the Leader on this matter. I think it is another sign of Tory arrogance and putting down ‘hard-working families’.

  2. Steve Norman

    20th January, 2016 at 10:22 am

    What these figures can’t show is how many meetings an elected member attended where they asked a question i.e. challenged an assumption or conclusion in a report presented by an officer or cabinet member.
    Now that would be a whole different set of figures and some members would get 200% (!) and others even lower than Cllr Humphries current lowest figure.

  3. Darryl

    20th January, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Arbitrary figures are arbitrary.

  4. Loyal Lichfeldian

    20th January, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I can’t see how a Councillor could get a score of 200% but that may be Labour’s way of calculating numbers.

    However, it will be interesting to have an analysis of the level of activity by Councillor ie how many meetings do they attend; how many questions do they ask at meetings; how many constituents have they helped? That will be a useful measure of their effectiveness. The Leader is quoted as saying that two thirds of Councillors do not pull their weight.

  5. Steven Norman

    20th January, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Clearly “Loyal Lichfeldian” doesn’t have a sense of humour or saw the “!” brackets.
    Looking at the LGA’s 2013 survey of councillors I see that the average time elected members spent on council work alone was 20.8 hours a week with a further 4.3 on party/group time.

  6. Loyal Lichfeldian

    21st January, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Steve – I do have a sense of humour and LDC gives me plenty of humourous material with its actions and decisions. However, I am a council tax payer and expect some value for money from my representatives. Some Councillors may do 20 hours/week but I think the Leader has other thoughts about Councillor productivity and effectiveness.

  7. Steven Norman

    21st January, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I was referring to your uncalled for comment on the “200% ” reference but glad you agreed with me on what members should do when they do attend meetings.

  8. Chris

    21st January, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    If you wanted figures to show that Councillors did something at meetings they attended rather than snoozing away, asked a question was the example given, then Shirley if they asked an average of two questions for each meeting attended that would be 200%.

  9. Sue woodward

    21st January, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I agree with Lichfieldian’s comment on effectiveness and productivity. It’s always disheartening that many effective councillors, of whatever Party, can be kicked out because of the popularity (or otherwise) of the national Government & Opposition.

    It would be great for electors to see past the Party colour and check out their local politicians – do they contribute to debates? Do they read their papers and do extra research? Do they represent their electors effectively, speak up for their concerns in the Council chamber, follow up casework, report back? Do they hold advice surgeries or circulate newsletters etc outside election times?

    A visit or two to a Council meeting would tell you at least some of this!

    Bottom line though: how can a councillor possibly be representing their electors when they only attend a third of the meetings they’re supposed to attend?

  10. Toast of Lichfield

    22nd January, 2016 at 10:27 am

    More importantly, when do you see Fabricant out and about canvassing opinion, or even moreso, holding surgeries so that constituents can meet with him face-to-face to discuss their issues? Rarely, if ever.

    If you’re lucky you can spot him sitting in/outside of Nero on a Saturday afternoon soaking up his local fame and topping up his ego.

  11. Loyal Lichfeldian

    22nd January, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I have attended council meetings and they are very stage-managed affairs. The only speakers/contributors are the Cabinet Members/Opposition Leader. The ‘ordinary’ Councillors hardly say a word.
    What are the sanctions available against a Councillor who only attends 38% of meetings (assuming he is not ill). It is noticeable that the Council Leader is not engaging in this discussion.
    In fairness to Fabricant, whenever I have contacted him about a matter, he has acted and the relevant Minister has replied.

  12. Rob

    22nd January, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Some people seem to be getting their excuses in early.

  13. Rob

    24th January, 2016 at 1:00 am