Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Georgian Room, Kendal Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Paul Rogers 

Items
No. Item

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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 8 October 2013 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 8 October 2013.

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive declarations by Members and/or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were made.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - EXCLUDED ITEMS

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there were no items in Part II of the Agenda.

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COMPLIMENTS, CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM APRIL 2013 TO MARCH 2014 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To consider an update on the number of complaints and compliments received during 2013/2014.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director Policy and Performance presented a report which updated Members on the number of compliments received during 2013-14.

 

In noting a very positive report, it was suggested that it would be useful if the total number of transactions could be included in the report which would then put the total number of complaints into context. The Assistant Director Policy and Performance informed the Committee that he would ensure that future reports would be populated with that information.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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STANDARDS ARRANGEMENTS AND ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 33 KB

To consider the Council’s Standards arrangements and Annual Report for 2013/14.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the Council’s Standards Arrangements and Annual Report 2013/14. She updated Members on the number of complaints that had been received and that there had been no formal referrals for investigation.

 

In considering the standards arrangements, Members were generally satisfied with the procedure being used (Appendix 3 (1)) to the report refers.

 

On the question of District Council Members, it was suggested that a cross party representation would provide a more equitable base. The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) reminded the Committee that the District Council membership had to be politically balanced. With that in mind, the political group leaders would need to be in agreement with that change.

 

Reference was made to the number of Standards Committee meetings being held in the year. It was suggested that in view of the current work load, the number of meetings could be reduced to two meetings with one being held in April and one in September with flexibility for ad hoc meetings if necessary. Discussion ensued regarding the possibility of evening meetings being held.

 

Members were reminded that Parish and Town Councils were offered training with regard to Standards procedures. In noting this, some Members suggested that it would be useful to remind Parish and Town Councils of the Standards Committee procedures and protocols and where to find them on the South Lakeland District Council’s website.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)       the Annual Report 2013-14 be approved for referral to Council;

 

(2)       Parish and Town Councils be informed of the Link to the South Lakeland District Council’s website which sets out the Standards Committee procedures and protocols; and

 

(3)       it be recommended to Council that the number of Standards Committee meetings per Municipal Year be reduced to two, to be held in September and April.

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STANDARDS COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To consider the Committee’s Work Programme.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the Standards Committee Work Programme 2013 to June 2014. She informed Members that additional elements to the programme would be

 

·         To raise the profile of the Standards Committee with Parish and Town Council’s.

 

·         To request Members of the District Council who attend Parish and Town Council meetings to remind them of Standards Committee procedures and protocols and where to find them on the South Lakeland District Council’s website.

 

Following the previous Agenda item, the Work Programme would be timetabled around two Standards Committee meetings a year. The revised Work Programme would be recirculated to Committee Members.

 

RESOLVED – That subject to the additional elements, the Work Programme be noted.