Welcome to 4Rutland. We created this website to:
- Share our thoughts and concerns
- Keep you informed of current issues at the Council
- Provide internet links to a selection of interesting and helpful resources
In 2011 we were all elected as Independent Councillors to serve the people of Rutland. Our group formed as a response to shared concerns about risks posed by local Councillors who may put party political allegiance before the needs of people who live and work in Rutland. We grouped together under the banner of the Rutland Anti-Corruption Group to build a stronger body to better represent and inform the people of Rutland.
In our experience, Full Council Meetings on major issues are often too brief, raising suspicions that decisions may be pre-determined. The Scrutiny process is minimal. Well qualified Councillors are side-lined, with little or no influence in debates that could be about spending £Millions of public money. With such a small Council this cannot be good for Rutland and the people we serve in these difficult times.
The aim of our group is to challenge decisions being hastily rushed through, to demand greater detail and to ensure decisions are made in the best interests of the electorate. We ask for transparency in order to include the people of Rutland to a greater extent in the democratic process.
In response we find a Council determined to withhold information and which says we are at fault for requesting it. Rutland Council engaged a Law Firm, using tax payers money, to write a report in an attempt to prevent us carrying out our duty as Councillors on behalf of our electorate. The Council has held a Kangaroo Court based on that report for which there is no evidence, merely accusation, and no consultation with those accused.
Protect Independent Councillors
In order to protect ourselves, as Independent Councillors, from a Conservative Political Group happy to impose punitive restrictions on dissenting Councillors without just cause, we sought help through the Local Government Association. This proved fruitless. We clearly needed the backing of a Political Group if we were to represent our electorate effectively. We turned to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
UKIP demonstrates the same principles and ideals as ourselves, those of openness, transparency, honesty, integrity and upholding the fundamental principles of democracy. UKIP supports our stance on anti-corruption, does not impose a whip on any of their Councillors and offers the political back-up we need. With the support of UKIP we can do our job as Councillors; representing our electorate without restriction.
We are now the Rutland Group of the United Kingdom Independence Party (RGUKIP) on Rutland County Council.
Your feedback is welcome
Thank you for visiting 4Rutland. The views expressed here are those of Richard Gale, David Richardson and Nick Wainwright and theirs alone. They are made by them personally and individually in their own capacity as free citizens and not as representatives of any outside body or council on which they may serve on or be employed by. However if anyone is offended by any of these comments or feels that they should be corrected then please contact us and we will do our best to consider your comments and correct any errors.
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