Agenda and minutes


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Apologies for absence received from Richard Searl (Bedlinog 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 made.



Resolved that:


The public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12 and 13 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.


Standards Committee Hearing


Members were advised that the complainant would not be joining the meeting but that the respondent would be in attendance. 


Simon Jones, the Council’s Senior Solicitor, referred to the complaint before them today and advised that the complaint would be dealt with as a local resolution in accordance with the Local Dispute Policy and Procedures. 


He took members through Stage 3 of the procedures of the Local Dispute Policy and, as the complainant was not in attendance, he also took members through the statement received from the complainant. 


The respondent then addressed the Committee on his statement.  


The respondent was then given the opportunity to ask any questions with regard to the complainant’s statement and also to make further comments on his own statement. 


Questions were asked by the Committee and responded to by the respondent and, if required, the Council’s Senior Solicitor.


The respondent then left the meeting.  


As Michael McCarthy had technical problems joining the meeting and was therefore unable to take part in the debate, he was advised not to re-join the meeting as he would be unable to vote on this item. 


Following consideration of the evidence and statements, it was RESOLVED that:


a.    The respondent had breached the Members’ Social Media Policy and the Members’ Code of Conduct for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.


b.    No formal action was considered necessary save that the Committee recommended that the respondent undergo refresher training with regard to the Council’s Social Media Policy for Members and the Council’s Code of Conduct.


c.    Members agreed the appropriate decision would be conveyed to both the complainant and respondent separately after the meeting had closed. 


d.    An information report be scheduled for a forthcoming Full Council meeting outlining details and the outcome of this Standards Committee’s decision.  



Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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