Decision details

Political Balance, Allocation of Committee Places, Appointment of Chairs and Vice-Chairs and Scheme of Delegation

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Council gave consideration to the political balance of the Council and to the committees and size of committees for the forthcoming year.  Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Members had been provided with a revised copy of Appendix 2 to the report (Size and Seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees), in addition to proposed committee memberships lists as agreed with the Group Leaders.

 

Members had formed into three groups for the purpose of allocating committee places.  The groups and their number of Members were as follows:–

 

Liberal Democrat – 32 Members

Conservative – 15 Members

Labour – 3 Members

 

In addition there was one Green Party Member on the Council.

 

The Solicitor to the Council asked Council to approve the list of the committee allocations, proportional to the Council membership, together with the nominations to each Committee as circulated at the meeting.  Nominations received for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to each Committee had also been circulated at the meeting. Nominations to the County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, taken from the proposed membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, had also been included.

 

Councillor Giles Archibald, seconded by Councillor Tom Harvey, moved recommendations (1) to (7) and (9) as set out within the report.

 

With regard to recommendation (8) and the appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen to committees, Councillor Giles Archibald, seconded by Councillor Jonathan Brook, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Stephen Coleman

Tracy Coward

Human Resources

Rachael Hogg

Janet Willis

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Helen Ladhams

Andrew Jarvis

Overview and Scrutiny

Vicky Hughes

Helen Chaffey

Planning

Pete McSweeney

Eric Morrell

Standards

Matt Severn

Peter Thornton

 

Councillor Tom Harvey, seconded by Councillor Ben Berry, moved the Conservative Group nominations as circulated prior to the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Kevin Lancaster

Kevin Lancaster /
John Holmes

Human Resources

Roger Bingham

Roger Bingham /
Pat Bell

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Helen Irving

Helen Irving /
John Holmes

Overview and Scrutiny

Janette Jenkinson

Janette Jenkinson /
Brian Cooper

Planning

John Holmes

John Holmes /
Michael Cornah

Standards

Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey /
John Holmes

 

The Solicitor to the Council clarified that the Conservative Group nominations for each committee showed one Member for Chairman and two for Vice-Chairman and explained that, should the Liberal Democrat nomination for Chairman be carried, then the first Member would become the nominee for Vice-Chairman.

 

With regard to recommendation (10) and the appointment of a representative and a substitute, from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Giles Archibald, seconded by Councillor Jonathan Brook, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely Councillor Helen Chaffey (representative) and Councillor Vicky Hughes (substitute).  Councillor Tom Harvey, seconded by Councillor Ben Berry, moved the Conservative Group nominations as circulated prior to the meeting, namely Councillor Janette Jenkinson (representative) and Councillor Pat Bell (substitute).

 

Votes having been taken it was subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the political balance of the Council, as set out in paragraph 3.2 and Appendix 1 to the report be noted;

 

(2)        the committees and Terms of Reference for those committees, as detailed in Table 2, Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, be approved for the forthcoming municipal year;

 

(3)        the delegation of Council functions and Proper Officer appointments be confirmed as set out in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, subject to the transitional arrangements as agreed by the Council on 28 March 2019;

 

(4)        the size of the committees and the seats of each committee to political groups be approved and allocated in accordance with the table set out below:-

 

Liberal Democrat

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (68 places)

43

20

4

1

Audit (7)

4

3

0

0

Human Resources (9)

6

3

0

0

Licensing Regulatory (15)

10

4

1

0

Overview and Scrutiny 12)

8

3

1

0

Planning (18)

11

5

1

1

Standards (7)

4

2

1

0

 

 

(5)        the size of the committees, as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report, be approved;

 

(6)        seats on those committees that are not subject to political balance rules be allocated as set out below:-

 

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (31 places)

20

9

2

0

Lake Administration (24 Members in total  16 District Councillors)

10

5

1

0

Licensing (15)

10

4

1

0

 

(7)        nominations of Councillors to serve on each committee, as circulated at the meeting, be received;

 

(8)        nominations of chairmen and vice-chairman of the committees, as circulated at the meeting, be approved, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Stephen Coleman

Tracy Coward

Human Resources

Rachael Hogg

Janet Willis

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Helen Ladhams

Andrew Jarvis

Overview and Scrutiny

Vicky Hughes

Helen Chaffey

Planning

Pete McSweeney

Eric Morrell

Standards

Matt Severn

Peter Thornton

 

(9)        the delegation of executive functions, as confirmed by the Leader, as set out in Part 3(4) of the Council’s Constitution, be noted; and

 

(10)      Councillor Helen Chaffey be appointed as the Council’s representative, with Councillor Vicky Hughes as substitute, to Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee for the forthcoming year.

Report author: Debbie Storr

Publication date: 07/06/2019

Date of decision: 21/05/2019

Decided at meeting: 21/05/2019 - Council

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