Standards Committee - Thursday 11th July 2024 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF. View directions

Contact: Helen Burt 

Note: Moved from the date of 25 June 2024 


No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers are invited to make any declarations of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on this agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the item or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.


Members and Officers should make their declaration by stating:


a)            the item that they the interest in

b)            whether it is a pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interest

c)            the nature of the interest



Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

The Committee will be asked to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Standards Committee held on 27 March 2024.




Items not on the Agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances


Public Question Time

To receive questions from the public (for a period of up to 15 minutes)


Start Times

The Committee is required to agree its start times for meetings for the year 2024/25.

[5 minutes]


Monitoring Officer Report - July 2024 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

This is a regular report to the Committee by the Monitoring Officer to give the Committee an overview of the work of the Monitoring Officer that falls within the scope of the functions for which the Committee is responsible.

[5 Minutes]



Member Learning & Development pdf icon PDF 119 KB

This report updates the Standards Committee on the current position of Member learning and development following the completion of the Member Induction Programme.

[5 Minutes]


Additional documents:


Register of Assessments of Complaints Against Councillors pdf icon PDF 139 KB

This report updates the Committee on the complaints against Councillors received since the Monitoring Officer’s last report on  27 March 2024.  The Committee is responsible for promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by Members of the District and Town & Parish Councils, for monitoring the operation of the Code of Conduct, and for considering the outcome of investigations in the event of breaches of the Code of Conduct.

[10 Minutes]




Recruitment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 121 KB

The Standards Committee’s functions include considering membership and recruitment of Independent Persons and making recommendations for appointments to Full Council.


Independent Persons (IPs) are appointed for a fixed period of time, and all three of the Council’s IPs’ terms of appointment are due to expire in July 2024. A recruitment process was agreed by the Committee at its meeting on 18 January 2024 with the aim of appointing new Independent Persons at the July 2024 Full Council meeting. The Monitoring Officer has not been able to progress the recruitment process as promptly as envisaged and an extension of term of office is therefore recommended.

[15 Minutes]



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 70 KB

The Committee is required to note the Work Programme for 2024/25.

[5 Minutes]