Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 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 137 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 18 April 2017 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2017.

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members 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 were raised.

S/3

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 are no excluded items on the Agenda.

S/4

Compliments, Customer Feedback and Complaints received from April 2017 to July 2017 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To receive an update on the number of complaints and compliments received from April 2017 to July 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Assistant Director Performance and Innovation presented an update on the number of complaints and compliments received from April 2017 to July 2017. It was noted that the number 45 in paragraph 3.4 to the report should read 22. He emphasised that the reasons for the complaints had varied with no underlying trends. Complaints that had been made had been answered within the target period and had compared favourably to response times in previous years. Members noted that the number of complaints made to Neighbourhood Services had reduced significantly compared to the previous year.

 

The Committee discussed whether it was necessary to receive a full report to both Standards Committee meetings held during the year. In response to a suggestion made by the Assistant Director Performance and Innovation, Members were of the view that a full Compliments, Customer Feedback and Complaints report could be submitted to the Committee in April each year and a summarised version of the report could be included as part of the Local Ombudsman Annual Review report at the September Committee meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the report be received; and

 

(2)        a full report regarding compliments, customer feedback and complaints be submitted to the April Standards Committee meetings and a summarised version of the report be included as part of the Local Ombudsman Annual Review report at the September meetings of the Committee.

S/5

Protocol on Good Practice in Licensing for Members pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider whether to recommend to Council the adoption of a Protocol on Good Practice in Licensing for Members.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Food, Licensing and Safety Officer presented a report which requested the Committee to consider whether to recommend to Council the adoption of a Protocol on Good Practice in Licensing for Members. She emphasised that the proposed protocol would put in place mandatory training and guidance for Members wishing to consider licensing matters.

 

The Principal Food, Licensing and Safety Officer informed the Committee that officers were working to improve the licensing training package for Members to include e-learning which would allow access to licensing training on-line.

 

It was suggested that the references to ‘gambling matters’ in paragraph 2.2 of the draft protocol, Appendix 1 to the report refers, should include references to the Gambling Act 2005.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the contents of the report be noted; and

 

(2)        subject to the amendments suggested at the meeting, the draft Protocol on Good Practice in Licensing for Members, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be recommended to Council for approval.

S/6

Local Government Ombudsman Annual Review 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 23 KB

To receive the Annual Report of the Local Ombudsman for 2016/17.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented the Local Government Ombudsman Annual Review 2016-17. Members noted the ten investigations made by the Local Ombudsman which were the same number as had been investigated in 2015-16. There were no underlying trends in the complaints made. She drew Members’ attention to the complaints received which were set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

S/7

Code of Conduct Complaints pdf icon PDF 24 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) with regards to complaints under the Council’s Standards Arrangements from 1 April 2017.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report regarding complaints received under the Council’s Standards Arrangements from 1 April 2017. There was no ongoing action at the present time.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

S/8

Register of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To review the register of disclosable pecuniary and other interests for District Council Members and co-optees for the period to September 2017.

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 2017.

 

RESOLVED – That the review and the report be noted.

S/9

Parish Registers pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To review the register of disclosable pecuniary and other interests for Parish Councillors for the period to September 2017.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report which reviewed the register of disclosable pecuniary and other interests for parish Councillors for the period to September 2017.

 

RESOLVED – That the review and the report be noted.

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Employee Register of Interests and Gifts and Hospitality pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To review the register of interests and gifts and hospitality for employees for the period September 2016 to September 2017.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) presented a report reviewing the register of interests and gifts and hospitality for employees for the period September 2016 to September 2017.

 

RESOLVED - That the report be noted.

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Standards Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 218 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 2017 onwards. She emphasised that it was a rolling work programme which would be reviewed as the year progressed. She highlighted in particular the review of dispensations which would be undertaken to feed into the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the Work Programme be noted.