Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee
Monday, 22 September 2014 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Georgian Room, Kendal Town Hall

Contact: Paul Rogers 

Items
No. Item

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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 15 April and 10 June 2014 (copies attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as correct records, the minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 15 April and 10 June 2014.

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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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TERMS OF REFERENCE

To note the Terms of Reference for the Standards Committee as set out in Part 3 (pages 44, 45 and 46) of the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Terms of Reference of the Standards Committee, as set out in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, be noted.

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DISTRICT REGISTER OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY AND OTHER INTERESTS pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To review the register of disclosable pecuniary and other registrable interests for District Council Members and co-optees for the period to September 2014.

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Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which reviewed the register of disclosable pecuniary and other registrable interests for District Council Members and co-optees for the period to September 2014. It was emphasised that all newly elected Members had returned their form and all other Members had been reminded to update their forms as necessary.

 

RESOLVED – That the review and report be noted.

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PARISH REGISTER OF DISCLOSABLE AND OTHER REGISTRABLE INTERESTS pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To review the register of disclosable pecuniary and other registrable interests for Parish Councillors for the period to September 2014.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which reviewed the register of disclosable pecuniary and other registrable interests for Parish Councillors for the period to September 2014. Members were asked to consider the review.

 

RESOLVED – That the review and report be noted.

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EMPLOYEE REGISTER OF INTERESTS AND GIFTS AND HOSPITALITY pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To review the register of interests and gifts and hospitality for employees for the period September 2013 to September 2014.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report requesting the Committee to review the register of interests and gifts and hospitality for employees for the period September 2013 to September 2014.

 

RESOLVED – That the review and the report be noted.

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CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINTS pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To receive a report from the Monitoring Officer with regards to complaints received under the Council’s Standards Arrangements since 1 April 2014.

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Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which informed the Committee of complaints received under the Council’s Standards Arrangements since 1 April 2014. Members noted that the three complaints which had been received were relating to Parish Councils and that none had been referred for formal investigation.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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COMPLIMENTS, CUSTOMER FEEDBACK AND COMPLAINTS RECEIVED FROM APRIL 2014 TO AUGUST 2014 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To receive an update on the number of complaints and compliments received to date during 2014/2015.

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Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which gave an update to Members on the number of complaints received to date during 2014/2015.

 

In response to a question, the Director advised that comparisons with other Councils regarding complaints would be considered for inclusion in the report for the next meeting of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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LOCAL OMBUDSMAN ANNUAL REVIEW 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To receive the annual report of the Local Government Ombudsman for 2013/14.

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Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the annual report of the Local Government Ombudsman for 2013-14. Members noted that the overall trend of complaints was low which was very positive for the Council.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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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 for June 2014 onwards. She referred to the Whistleblowing policy and procedures review as shown in the Work Programme. She suggested that as this was currently being reviewed by both the Audit and Human Resources Committees, it was duplication and could be removed from the programme of work. The review and effectiveness of the Committee would be considered alongside the Annual report in April 2015.

 

After further discussion, it was

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)          the review of the whistleblowing policy and procedures be removed from the Work Programme; and

 

(2)       the updated work programme be noted and a report be submitted with the Annual Report to review the effectiveness of the Standards Committee.