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Items
No. Item

1.

Communications and Apologies

(a)            Communications (if any) relating to business on the agenda.

 

(b)            Apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of Interest (if any)

Members must clearly state the nature of the interest, and indicate whether it is Personal or Personal and Prejudicial.  The responsibility for declaring an interest rests solely with the Member concerned.

 

Personal interests: A personal interest arises in relation to any matter which might reasonably be regarded as affecting, to a greater extent than other Council Tax payers, ratepayers or inhabitants of the authority’s area, the well‑being or financial position of the Member or of a relevant person.  Members need only declare a personal interest at a meeting when they address the meeting on that business.

 

Personal and Prejudicial interests: A Member has a personal and prejudicial interest in a matter if the interest is one which a member of the public with knowledge of the relevant facts would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice the Member’s judgement of the public interest.  In these cases the Member concerned must declare the interest and withdraw from the meeting room while the matter is being considered.  Members with such interests may, however, attend the meeting for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business where the public have a similar right.

 

Further details and full definitions of personal and prejudicial interests are set out in the Councillors’ Code of Conduct (Section 5.1 of the Constitution).

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 27 January 2010.

 

In accordance with the Constitution no discussion shall take place upon the minutes, except upon their accuracy.

 

4.

Induction Programme 2010 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

At the last meeting, the Committee received information on a draft Induction Programme for Councillors newly elected at the May 2010 elections. This report provides further information on the development of that programme.

5.

Elected Member Development Charter pdf icon PDF 66 KB

This report provides information on progress made to achieve an Elected Members Development Charter.

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6.

Budget for the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 68 KB

This report contains information on the amount of the Standards Committee budget, along with information on how the 2009/10 budget was spent.

7.

A review of the Local Standards Framework pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Standards for England have conducted a review of the local standards framework and a copy of their report, which makes recommendations to Government, is attached.

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8.

Regulatory Statement pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Standards for England have published a Regulatory Statement which explains what they are seeking to achieve as a strategic regulator. A copy of the statement is attached.

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9.

Declaration of Members' Interests pdf icon PDF 72 KB

This report provides information on the advice given to Members to assist them in making declarations of interest. It also reports the findings of a recent internal audit investigation into the declaration of interests.

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10.

Complaint Process

The Complaints and Investigation Working Party is to meet to consider the text explaining the complaint process and the flow chart. A report on their conclusions will be made at the meeting.

11.

2010 Annual Assembly of Standards Committees pdf icon PDF 69 KB

This reported asks whether or not the Committee wishes to be represented at the 2010 Annual Assembly of Standards Committees on 18/19 October 2010.

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12.

Dates of Standards Committee 2010/11

The Standards Committee is scheduled to meet on 20 September 2010, 26 January 2011 and 31 May 2011. A fourth meeting will be organised with the Audit Committee during June 2010 to consider, amongst other things, the Annual Governance Statement.

 

For 2009/10 the Committee had set dates for the Referral Sub Committee to hear allegations of breaches of the Code of Conduct. If no complaints were received the meeting was cancelled. This arrangement allowed the Sub Committee to meet on previously agreed dates and to avoid negotiation on a meeting date which may have delayed the holding of the meeting. The Committee are asked to agree dates for the 2010/11 Municipal year on the same ‘just in case’ basis’.   

13.

Decisions of the Referrals Committee

The Referrals Sub Committee met on 25 February 2010 to consider a complaint alleging a breach of the Code of Conduct.

 

Case Ref        Case Status       Date complaint Rec         Source            Decision

 

1/2010            Open                   22 January 2010              Member of     Other                                                                                                   the Public       action

Additional documents:

  • Decision Notice

14.

Any other non-confidential business which the Chairman considers urgent

In accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, amended by the Access to Information Act of 1985, no urgent business may be raised unless it has been approved by the Chairman.  The item and reason for urgency must be announced at the start of the meeting.

15.

Exclusion of the press and public

Recommendation that, under S100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I, Schedule 12A to the said Act:-

 

Part II Agenda Item                                                 Paragraphs in

Schedule 12A

 

Decisions of the Referrals                                               7C

Sub-Committee

 

16.

Decisions of the Referrals Sub Committee

Further to agenda item 12 in Part 1 of this agenda, this report provides detailed information on the complaint received by the Referrals Sub Committee.