Applicants were not notified that they could ask for their application to be discussed in the open. At least one applicant wished they had known; they would have exercised that right.
One member of CAB asked why they were going into secret session to discuss candidates and if other councils did the same. The answer was no, that it is unusual, but that they might be discussing some applicants’ medical information. But that was not the case, according to reports, and the applicants were reportedly alerted in the application that the information they provide could become public.
We will see what the FOI Commission decides, but this doesn’t even come close to a transparent, open process and the taint remains.