Agenda

Standards
Thursday 18th February 2021 6.00 pm

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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 134 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2020 (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.

Local Assessment (Case and Hearings) Procedure Review pdf icon PDF 119 KB

This report deals with the Review of the Case Assessment and Case Hearings review of the Local Assessment Process conducted by Hoey Ainscough Associates (HAA).

Additional documents:

6.

Review and Revision of the Member Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 153 KB

The Local Government Association has adopted a New Model Councillor’s Code of Conduct 2020.

It is open to the Council to adopt this Code of Conduct in whole, or with amendments.  Alternatively, the Council can amend its existing Member Code of Conduct. 

Additional documents:

7.

Review of Independent Persons to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 231 KB

The Localism Act 2011 requires the Council to appoint at least one independent person to its Standards Committee.  This Council recently appointed two new Independent Persons to supplement the support to its Standards Committee.  Their terms of appointment require a review by Standards Committee ahead of the one-year anniversary date. 

 

8.

Recruitment of a Replacement Independent Person to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To seek the Committee’s authority to recruit a replacement Independent Person, following the resignation of one Independent Person, in order to maintain the pool of four.

9.

Register of Assessment of Complaints Against Councillors pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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

10.

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 items of business on the grounds that they 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 items.

 

11.

Register of Assessment of Complaints Against Councillors

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

Additional documents:

12.

Request for a Review of a Panel Decision

A Subject Member has requested a review of the decision against them and this report is submitted in accordance with the Local Assessment Process which states that the Review will be referred to the Standards Committee for a decision via a report presented by the Monitoring Officer. 

13.

Data Protection Breach - Referral from the Audit & Governance Committee

The Council is responsible for protecting personal data that is collected, processed, stored and disposed of, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Following a data protection breach that the Council became aware of in July 2020, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) recommended that the Council minimised the risk of future data protection breaches, by raising awareness of the importance of Members and Officers being familiar with Council policies and completing mandatory training.

The matter was considered by the Audit and Governance Committee on 19 November 2020, as a Governance issue, who in turn referred it to this Committee for any Member conduct issues.