Filling in the Register is a legal obligation and yet Havering’s councillors struggle. Havering’s councillors have professional assistance but seem disinclined to use it. The Cabinet are elite councillors so it’s very important they’re open to scrutiny. Question One is stupid simple and is routinely not answered, ignored, or misunderstood.1
Q1 “Prescribed Description: Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.”
Cabinet members receive £35,000, which qualifies, “for profit or gain.” Surprisingly none of Havering’s cabinet members think so. There are other anomalies, which will be revealed in this survey.
Keith Darvill’s1 entry says he’s a self-employed consultant. He doesn’t remark he’s a cabinet member.
Gillian Ford’s entry says she’s an Associate of Shared Service Architecture Ltd. She doesn’t say she’s deputy leader of the Council on £37,500. She’s also a member of the Local Government Association’s2 City Regions committee earning £8,908
Oscar Ford ignores the fact he’s a cabinet member despite it being a substantial supplement to his pensions.
Paul McGeary’s entry says he’s Head of Estates, NELFT without adding he’s a cabinet member.
Paul Middleton owns Essex PC Fix without adding he’s a cabinet member
Ray Morgon’s entry says that he’s a “Full-time councillor”. That understates his actual position as Leader of the Council on £50,000
Barry Mugglestone answered ‘None’ for Question One. As a cabinet member he earns £700 pw
Christopher Wilkins agreed with Barry and answered ‘None’. He’s a cabinet member and a landlord (Q4).
Cabinet members earn more than many Havering Council employees who work full-time. If they can’t understand “profit or gain” what else can’t they understand?
Graham Williamson I couldn’t access his entry.
1 For Keith Darvill see Councillor details – Councillor Keith Darvill | The London Borough Of Havering All the other named councillors have identical access points.
2 Keith Darvill, Ray Morgon and Michael White are also on this association but aren’t paid. For paid members see SRAs September 2022 (local.gov.uk)