Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

276.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

No apologies for absence as all present. 

277.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the Standards Committee are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

278.

Attendance Payments to Independent Members

To receive information on payments received to date and agree a way forward.

Minutes:

Detailed discussion ensued in relation to payments to Independent Members and it was RESOLVED that:

 

·         The Independent Members contact Karen Vokes to confirm whether they are claiming mileage only, attendance payment only or both.   Thereafter they will submit a claim form following each meeting.

 

·         When payment details are confirmed and received from the Independent Members, Karen Vokes to ensure that all payments are made up to date.

 

·         To avoid any further confusion, a “sample claim form” be sent to each Independent Member to ensure that forms are completed correctly.

279.

Local Dispute Resolution Procedure pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer referred to copies of Other Authorities’ Local Dispute Resolution Policies sent to Members previously. 

 

Amendments to the draft Local Resolution Procedure presented to Standards Committee on 20th May 2013 were discussed.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         The agreed amendments be made to the Draft Local Resolution Procedure.

 

·         A copy of the amended Procedure be sent to Members when completed.

 

·         The amended Local Resolution Procedure be scheduled for the next Standards Committee for confirmation, prior to it being adopted by Full Council.   

280.

Membership and Duration of Appointment to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.   

Minutes:

Detailed discussion took place in relation to the Independent Members’ terms of office and also the amended 2005 Legislation.

 

The term of office for each Councillor was also discussed.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         The Standards Committee to consider the way forward with regard to the Independent Members’ terms of office as several Members will need to be replaced from 2014. 

 

·         Consideration be given to replacing Councillor C Tovey, as he has come to the end of his term of office. 

281.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members - Request for Dispensation - Councillor C Barry pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider a report from the Chief Executive.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer referred to the blanket dispensation granted to Local Authority Champions at the Standards Committee on 20th May 2013 and advised that  Councillor C Barry has further requested dispensation to speak and vote on financial matters in relation to his role as Energy Champion.

 

Discussion took place with regard to the dispensation request and it was RESOLVED that:

 

“Councillor C Barry be entitled to speak and vote on any financial matters in relation to his role as Energy Champion”.

 

The Committee expressed concern that this could create a precedent for other Local Authority Champions, and requested it be noted that Councillor Barry’s dispensation be granted because of his role as Energy Champion only.

282.

STANDING AGENDA ITEM - How to be more proactive as a Standards Committee?

Minutes:

Discussion ensued on how to increase the profile of the Standards Committee and it was RESOLVED that:

 

In order to improve public engagement and highlight what work is being done within the Standards Committee:

 

·         Karen Vokes to liaise with Council’s Corporate Communications in relation to details being posted on the website and also inclusion within the Authority’s Contact Magazine.

 

·         Invite the Merthyr Express to attend a future Standards Committee.

 

·         Members consider reporting to a future Council meeting. 

 

 

283.

Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

No other business was discussed.

 

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