Agenda

Standards
Thursday 20th February 2020 6.15 pm

Venue: Blue & Pink - Blue & Pink. View directions

Contact: Jane Fulton 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

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

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 July 2019 (as attached)

4.

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

5.

Update on the Review of the Code of Conduct and Local Assessment Procedure pdf icon PDF 323 KB

The Standards Committee considered the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) from its latest review of Local Government Ethical Standards at its last meeting on 25 July 2019.  The Standards Committee reviewed the CSPLs best practice recommendations that were directed to local authorities and noted the recommendations that would be made to the Government. 

 

As a consequence, the Standards Committee proposed a number of areas of change to the current Members’ Code of Conduct and Local Assessment Procedure which were supported by the Full Council on 18 September 2019.

 

This report updates the Standards Committee on the outcome of the consultations undertaken on these proposed areas of change and seeks further views on whether there should be any change to the Principles of the Code of Conduct, in line with the Seven Principles of Public Life, before this latest review is concluded.

 

Additional documents:

6.

Appointment of Two Additional Independent Persons to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 235 KB

This report seeks the agreement of the Committee to recommend the appointment of two further Independent Persons to the Standards Committee.  In line with the Paragraph 4.5(7) of Part 3 (Responsibility for Functions) of the Council’s Constitution, any recommendations for appointment need to then be made to the Full Council.

 

7.

Register of Assessments of Complaints Against Councillors pdf icon PDF 130 KB

This report updates the Committee on the complaints against Councillors received over the past two years.

 

Please note that Appendix A to this report is attached as an Exempt item and so should the Committee wish to discuss any information contained within this Appendix, it will need to consider moving into Exempt business.

8.

Exempt Information

The Committee is asked to consider passing the following resolution:-

                                                                                                                                                                         That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and accredited representatives of newspapers be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 and Part 5 of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified against the item.

 

9.

Register of Assessment of Complaints Against Councillors

Attached is a confidential appendix setting out the detail of complaints received against Councillors from January 2018 onwards.