Birmingham & Black Country

Sandwell Council: Ex-housing chief cleared by probe over mum's house

Simon Hackett
Image caption Councillor Simon Hackett said the allegations were 'totally without foundation' when investigations began

A senior councillor has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an allegation he urged his authority to buy back his mother's previously council-owned home.

Sandwell's former housing chief Simon Hackett was also alleged to have indecently exposed himself and asked for a parking ticket for a "relative or close associate" to be cancelled.

Mr Hackett dubbed the allegations "completely untrue" in May.

The authority said no further action would be taken.

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The council said it carried out a "thorough investigation" along the lines set out under the Localism Act 2011 and there was "no evidence of a breach of the members' code of conduct".

When investigations began, Mr Hackett, who is now overseeing children's services, said the allegations were "totally without foundation".

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