The remit of Lichfield District Council’s employment committee has been widened, its chairman has revealed. Eleven elected representatives currently sit on the committee. Labour opposition group leader Sue Woodward had called on its chairman Cllr Joseph Powell to tackle a broader range of employment issues. She said: “I asked for the remit of his committee to be widened from just rubber-stamping redundancies, to take in wider employment issues such as health and safety, staff morale in the current climate and so on.” Cllr Powell insisted that issues were being tackled but warned that the group could not just make changes on a whim. He said: “We’ve a meeting coming up in the council building on Frog Lane that is open to the public. The meeting will start from 6pm. Council officials and health and safety representatives will also be in attendance. “As a committee we can make recommendations that go to Cabinet, and if they’re accepted then they become a part of the authority’s constitution. “But you can only make changes through the system. As an elected politician you can’t just stick your hand up and change things.” The employment committee at Lichfield District Council meets tonight (July 15) at 6pm.