Members of a scrutiny panel raised concerns about scrutiny of child sexual exploitation procedures being put on hold.
The Examiner has previously reported that the Development and Environment Scrutiny Panel was assigned with scrutinising the issue.
On February 5 the panel put forward two recommendations: to speak to people or groups involved in supporting victims to ask if they believe Kirklees Council’s procedures are right or could be improved, and to dedicate two meetings a year to crime and disorder issues, with CSE on the agenda.
But just three working days later the management committee of all scrutiny panels voted to put that on hold, to the dismay of Clr Nigel Patrick, who felt scrutiny of the issue would fall through the gaps of the various committees involved.
Councillors felt time was needed to read the Louise Casey report into the scandal in Rotherham, which will be done on Monday.
But it’s frustrated some members of the original panel tasked with the issue.
Clr Darren O’Donovan said: “I think we are missing some clarity around what this Panel is responsible for in terms of the other scrutiny panels an the cross-party CSE panel.”
Tim Duke, a volunteer co-opted member, added: “I don’t think we should stop. This is a very important matter and needs as much scrutiny as we can give it.
“At the minute we’ve got a minimum of two meetings a year. I can’t see why we should be stopping scrutiny of such an important piece of work.”
Ian Brierley, another co-optee, added: “This work does need to be done, we need to be sure this work is done by someone if it’s not this panel, but I certainly think procedures need scrutinising.”