Care home leader quits over conflict of interest

QUIT Councillor Anna McNair Scott
QUIT Councillor Anna McNair Scott

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A LEADING county councillor who oversees adult social care has resigned after breaking code of conduct rules.

Tory Councillor Anna McNair Scott admitted she had made inadvertent omissions in her declarations of interest.

Every councillor has to disclose their personal interests when involved in any decision-making process.

Her resignation letter said: ‘I wholeheartedly believe that my personal affairs presented no conflict of interest as executive member. I have nevertheless concluded that it would be distracting to the overall work of the county council for me to continue as cabinet member at this time.’

Cllr Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, said: ‘She expressed her deep regret at her oversight in failing to provide a complete disclosure of interests, as required in accordance with the county council’s Members’ Code of Conduct.’

Cllr McNair Scott, had been at the centre of a care homes review, with Bulmer House, in Ramshill, Petersfield, threatened with closure.

Cllr Perry added: ‘I had already determined that any decision associated with the care homes consultation should be undertaken by the cabinet as a whole, and that will remain the case. We have a substantial and important agenda for improving the quality of care for our older people and I will be advising, in due course, who will be replacing Cllr McNair Scott in this important role.’