Agenda and minutes

Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 2. View directions

Items
No. Item

597.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence received from Nathan Fear and Helen Thomas.

598.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made. 

599.

Local Resolution Protocol Hearings

Presentation by Paul Lucas, Monitoring Officer at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.   

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Paul Lucas, Monitoring Officer at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, to the meeting. 

 

Mr Lucas discussed in detail RCT’s current Local Resolution Protocol and Procedures and the requirement for Authorities to deal with cases under their respective Local Resolution process.   He gave examples of hearings that have been carried out at RCT during the period July 2011 and March 2013, together with the sanctions for each of these hearings.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         A copy of the Authority’s Local Dispute Resolution Procedure and Protocol be sent to all Councillors to remind them of the process if a complaint is made. 

 

The Chair thanked Mr Lucas for his very informative presentation.

600.

Joint Training

Update from Paul Lucas and Carys Kennedy. 

Minutes:

The Committee discussed the possibility of joint training with RCT and also Independent Members’ attendance at induction sessions following the local elections in May 2017. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         Joint training be arranged with RCT in respect of Local Resolution Protocol Hearings for May 2017.     

 

·         Carys Kennedy to liaise with Karen Vokes on Independent Members’ attendance at induction sessions. 

601.

Whistleblowing pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider report from Carys Kennedy.

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy referred to the report presented to the Standard’s Committee on 15th July 2016 which sets out the number of whistleblowing referrals made over the course of the last three years and their outcomes. 

 

She advised members that all of the actions contained in the action plan have been completed and a report has been provided to Council setting out the data for the three year period.   She also advised that the two outstanding whistleblowing complaints have now been finalised. 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

·         The contents of the report be noted.

 

·         A further report be presented to the Standards Committee in July 2017.

602.

PSOW Annual Report/Standards Conference

Update from Carys Kennedy.  

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy advised members that the Ombudsman Annual Report will be published in the summer next year and she will bring this to the Standards Committee at the appropriate time.

 

In relation to the Standards Conference she advised that this is a biennial  event and will liaise with members when details of the 2017 Conference are available.

 

With regard to last year’s conference in Cardiff, discussion ensued on the lack of feedback from several of the workshops as not all questions could be answered on the day.    Carys Kennedy asked members to feedback any queries if this happens at a future Conference.  

603.

Date and time of next meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting to be scheduled for Friday, 3rd March 2017 at 2.00 pm in the Civic Centre.  

604.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that Peter Young’s term of office has come to an end and therefore this will be his last meeting as Independent Member of Merthyr Tydfil’s Standards Committee.

 

On behalf of the Committee, the Chair thanked Peter Young for his efforts during the course of his term of office and wished him all the very best for the future. 

 

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