Decision details

South Lakeland District Council Code of Conduct, Arrangements and Guidance Revision

Decision Maker: Standards Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

In December 2020 the Local Government Association published its Model Code of Conduct for Local Authority Members. This Report recommends adopting the said Code (with suitable local revisions) together with revisions to the Council’s Arrangements for Dealing with Code of Conduct Matters and Guidance so as to implement the Committee for Standards in Public Life’s Best Practice Recommendations.

Decisions:

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) presented the report which requested that the Standards Committee recommended the changes to the Code of Conduct, arrangements and guidance to Council recommending that it adopts the LGA Code of Conduct (as amended), the Arrangements for Dealing with Standards Matters and the Code of Conduct Guidance, as set out in the report.

Members considered the report and discussed certain definitions and possible changes to be made. These points would be summarised and included within the report to Council. The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) was asked to clarify Appendix 1 and box 11 to consider and change the wording to be consistent with other responses. Further the standards committee consider the levels for declaration of gifts and hospitality but no changes were proposed, the Monitoring Officer was requested to seek clarification of the position across Cumbria and to clarify this in the report to Council. The Monitoring Officer agreed to consider wording and consistency highlighted at the meeting before presenting the report to the Council meeting.

RESOLVED – That the Standards Committee recommends to Council that it adopts the LGA Code of Conduct (as amended), the Arrangements for Dealing with Standards Matters and the Code of Conduct Guidance, as set out in the Report.

Report author: Linda Fisher

Publication date: 04/05/2021

Date of decision: 20/04/2021

Decided at meeting: 20/04/2021 - Standards Committee

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