Agenda and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting - Microsoft Teams


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Apologies for absence pdf icon PDF 70 KB


The Committee observed a Minutes silence in honour of Councillor Howard Barrett who sadly passed away.


The Chair wished to thank Karen Reddy, Democratic Services Officer who has now left the Committee for all her support over the years, and welcomed Michelle Edmunds as her replacement.


Apologies were received from Councillor Gareth Richards and Richard Searl, Community Council representative.


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




(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 received.


Public Services Ombudsman For Wales' Annual Report pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To consider report of the Monitoring Officer


The Chair introduced Carys Kennedy, Monitoring Officer to present the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales’ Annual Report.


Carys Kennedy provided an update on the Annual Report situation advising that whilst the report has not yet been received from the Ombudsman, the information contained within this report has been drawn together from analysis and data that covers the last few years and provides some comparison with neighbouring authorities of similar size. 


Discussions ensued on the detail of the report and Members requested clarification on data within the Report.


Resolved that:


a)    The Committee notes and debates the information contained with the report.


b)    An information report be scheduled to a future Standards and Council meeting to report on the outcomes in the Ombudsman’s Annual Letter when issued and including this comparison data.


Recruitment of Independent Members

To receive a verbal update from the Monitoring Officer.


Carys Kennedy advised that consideration needed to be given on the process of recruiting new Members as soon as possible so that they will hopefully be in place prior to the three current Members officially leaving the Committee in early 2022.


In this regard she looked for approval to issue an advert to recruit new Lay Members to this Committee.  The advert to be placed in the Local Authority Contact Magazine and Website for a period of four weeks.  If the response is poor a further discussion to be held with the Chair to discuss extending the timescales and/or exploring other actions. 


Following a discussion with Members, it was RESOLVED that:


a)    An advert for Lay Members be placed in the Local Authority Contact Magazine and Website for a period of four weeks.





To receive a verbal update from the Monitoring Officer.


Carys Kennedy advised that in early 2022 she will look at joint training opportunities with other Local Authorities.


Date of next meeting


It was agreed that the date of the next meeting will be Friday, 21st January 2022 at 2.00 pm to be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.  



Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair


No other matters were deemed urgent by the Chair.


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