The Government announced that the Standards Board is being abolished. But rather than go gracefully it is engaging in some last minute ambulance chasing.

The Chairman of Standards for England, Dr Robert Chilton, has written to councils. He notes that the Decentralisation and Localism Bill will "abolish the Standards Board regime." He responds: "Beyond this statement we do not currently have clear details of the scope or implications of this proposal." How could the "scope and implications" be clearer? What part of "abolish" doesn't he understand?

He continues:

We will therefore continue to work with you to support your work. In turn we expect you to continue your statutory duties including the assessment of allegations, and we will continue to consider cases which you refer to us.

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