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156.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Ian Cathrew and David McCarthy.

157.

Declarations of Interest

Members 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 and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct

 

Note:

 

(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

Minutes:

Helen Thomas declared an interest on the dispensation requests in respect  Councillors Ian Thomas, Sherelle Jago and Gareth Richards as follows:

 

·         Councillor Ian Thomas  -  Helen Thomas’ spouse and the Bedlinog Community Council.

·         Councillor Sherelle Jago  -  Bedlinog Community Primary School Governing Body and Friends of Taff Bargoed Park Ltd.

·         Councillor Gareth Richards  -  Taff Bargoed Development Trust Ltd and Quakers Yard Community Association. 

 

Councillor Clive Tovey declared an interest on Councillor Howard Barrett’s dispensation request as he is also a member of the Cefn Coed Rugby Club and on his own request for dispensation.

 

Councillor Julian Amos declared an interest on Councillor Howard Barrett’s and Councillor Lisa Mytton’s dispensation requests as he has publicly expressed support of their position in respect of the location of the Ysgol Y Graig School and may therefore be considered to be predetermined on the issue of whether dispensation should be granted.

 

Councillor Gareth Richards declared an interest and would leave the meeting when his dispensation request is considered. 

158.

Dispensation Requests from Councillors for their 2017-2022 Term of Office pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider report from Carys Kennedy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy referred members to the dispensation applications for the 2017-2022 term of office which are attached to the agenda and led the Committee through each of the dispensation applications. 

 

Questions were raised and were answered by Carys Kennedy and it was RESOLVED that:

 

Having declared an interest, Councillors Julian Amos and Clive Tovey left the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Howard Barrett be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the New Build of Ysgol Y Graig, Cefn Coed.   This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (e) (f) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

Councillor Clive Tovey returned to the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Lisa Mytton’s dispensation request was refused by the Standards Committee.

 

Councillor Julian Amos returned to the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Rhonda Braithwaite be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to Communities First.  This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (e) (f) (g) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

·         Councillor Paul Brown be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the Local Development Plan and Rhydycar West.  This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (c) (d) (e) (f) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

Having declared an interest, Helen Thomas left the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Sherelle Jago be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the Bedlinog Community Primary School.  This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraph (f) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

            This dispensation will not be required after November 2017 as         Councillor Jago will             be a Local Authority Governor thereafter and will   be covered under the Authority’s Blanket Dispensation. 

 

·         Councillor  Sherelle Jago be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to Taff Bargoed Park, Trelewis.   This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (e) (f) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

Helen Thomas returned to the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Clive Jones be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the Merthyr Town Football Club except where any financial/funding matters are being discussed.    This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (d) (e) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

·         Councillor Clive Jones be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to Merthyr and the Valleys MIND except where any financial/funding matters are discussed.  This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (d) (e) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

·         Councillor Kevin O’Neill’s dispensation request was refused by the Standards Committee.

 

Having declared an interest, Helen Thomas and Councillor Gareth Richards left the meeting.

 

·         Councillor Gareth Richards be entitled to speak and vote on matters relating to the Co-op Party.  This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (d) (e) (f) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

 

·         Councillor Gareth Richards be entitled to speak and vote on any matters relating to the Quakers Yard Community Association.   This dispensation was granted in accordance with paragraphs (d) (e)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 158.

159.

Whistleblowing Policy pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider report from Carys Kennedy.

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy advised members that the Standards Committee had previously agreed that an annual report on Whistleblowing would be included in the Committee’s work programme.  

 

She referred to the details presented to Standards Committee in July 2016 and discussed in detail the completion of the action plan outlined in the previous report.  

 

She advised that no further whistleblowing complaints have been received since last year. 

 

RESOLVED that

 

·         The Committee notes the contents of the report.

 

·         Carys Kennedy will update the Committee of any developments if further complaints are received.

160.

Training and Development

To consider this matter.

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy referred to the presentation at the Standards Committee on the 18th November 2016 by Paul Lucas (Monitoring Officer at Rhondda Cynon Taf) in respect of the current Local Resolution Protocol and Procedures and the requirement for Authorities to deal with cases under their respective Local Resolution process.   It was agreed at this meeting that joint training with RCT would be a possibility.

 

Carys Kennedy also advised the Committee that she has not received any confirmation of the next Standards Conference and who would be hosting it.  

 

RESOLVED that: 

 

·         Carys Kennedy to contact her counterpart at RCT to enquire what joint training events could be arranged. 

 

·         In relation to the Standards Conference, Carys Kennedy will make enquires at the next Monitoring Officers’ Group meeting. 

161.

Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee that there is a still one Independent Member vacancy within the Standards Committee which will need to be filled as soon as possible.

 

Discussion ensued on how to progress this and it was RESOLVED that:

 

·         Karen Vokes would liaise with Corporate Communications on how they can assist in publicising the recruitment of the Independent Member vacancy.

 

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