Agenda and minutes

Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 2. View directions

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Election of Chair


Nominations for Chair were sought from Independent Members of the Committee.




Mr Jeff Morgan be appointed as Chair. 


Election of Vice Chair


Nominations for Vice Chair were sought from Independent Members of the Committee.




Mr Ian Cathrew be appointed as Vice Chair. 


Mr Jeff Morgan took the Chair


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Councillor Paul Brown.


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.




a.    Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest; and


b.    Where Members withdraw from a meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave.




No declarations of interest were made.


Agreement of Work Programme for 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer.


Carys Kennedy advised members of the need to formalise arrangements for the Standards Committee to maximise its opportunities to monitor the performance of the Authority.


It was therefore recommended that the following matters be included in a timetabled work programme:


·         The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales’ Annual Report


·         Complaints and Compliments System dealing with complaints about all aspects of the Authority’s work. 


·         Council’s Whistleblowing Policy


Carys Kennedy advised that members receive three reports on an annual basis.   Each of these reports be provided to a separate meeting, spaced throughout the calendar year, which will mean that there will be a minimum of three meetings annually.  Ad hoc meetings will however need to take place as and when required.  


Nathan Fear queried whether these reports could contain comparative data over 2 years.


Discussion ensued and it was RESOLVED that:


·         The next meeting of Standards will be held on 27th November 2015 at 2.00 pm to discuss the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Annual Report and also to receive feedback from the Standards Conference.


·         Members agree a meeting for the end of March 2016 to discuss the consider Complaints and Compliments system. 


·         Members agree a meeting for the end of July 2016 to discuss the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy.  


Standards and Ethics Conference Wales 2015 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer.


Carys Kennedy advised members about the Standards and Ethics Conferences in Cardiff City Hall on the 20th October 2015 and outlined that this year there are not restrictions on the number of members from each Authority and would therefore offer all Members the opportunity to attend.


Councillor Clive Jones advised that he would be unable to attend as he has to attend another meeting.




·         The following members will attend the conference and that Karen Vokes will make the necessary arrangements:


            Councillor Howard Barrett

            Jeff Morgan

            Ian Cathrew

            Nathan Fear

            David McCarthy

            Peter Young

            Helen Thomas


·         Karen Vokes to contact Councillor Paul Brown to confirm whether he will be able to attend the Conference.


Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair


There was no business deemed urgent by the Chair. 


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