Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) presented a verbal report on the Work Programme and drew Members attention to the previous meeting of the Standards Committee and the discussion which had taken place regarding the Local Government Association Civility in Public Life and the Review of the Model Code of Conduct, following which it had been agreed to focus the Work Programme on the Code of Conduct for Members. She informed Members that since the submission in response to the consultation, nothing had been received in terms of any proposals in relation to the Code of Conduct. However, plans were in place to deliver virtual training on the Code of Conduct to District and Parish Councillors, which would be facilitated using Microsoft Teams.
Discussion took place regarding Microsoft Teams and its accessibility to Co-opted Members and whether other meeting platforms could be considered. Members agreed that due regard should be given to the accessibility for all Councillors and Co-optees to virtual meetings and training.
The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) agreed that virtual meetings and training needed to be inclusive and undertook to clarify the situation regarding inclusivity of Microsoft Teams Live Events and possible other options with the IT Lead Specialist.
RESOLVED – That the Work Programme be received.
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Date of decision: 13/10/2020
Decided at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Standards Committee