Decision details

Political Balance, Allocation of Committee Places, Appointment of Chairs and Vice-Chairs and Scheme of Delegation

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Council gave consideration to the political balance of the Council and to the committees and size of committees for the forthcoming year.  Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Members had been provided with a revised copy of Appendix 2 to the report (Size and Seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees), in addition to proposed committee memberships lists as agreed with the Group Leaders.

 

Members had formed into three groups for the purpose of allocating committee places.  The groups and their number of Members were as follows:–

 

Liberal Democrat – 33 Members

Conservative – 14 Members

Labour – 3 Members

 

In addition there was one Green Party Member on the Council.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to the Council asked Council to approve the list of the committee allocations, proportional to the Council membership, together with the nominations to each Committee as circulated at the meeting.  Nominations received for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to each Committee had also been circulated at the meeting. Nominations to the County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, taken from the proposed membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, had also been included.

 

Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, moved recommendations (1) to (7), (9) and (10) as set out within the report.

 

With regard to recommendation (8) and the appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen to committees, Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Stephen Coleman

Tracy Coward

Human Resources

Rachael Hogg

Janet Willis

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Helen Ladhams

Alvin Finch

Overview and Scrutiny

Vicky Hughes

Doug Rathbone

Planning

Pete McSweeney

Malcolm Lamb

Standards

Chris Hogg

Matt Severn

 

Councillor Tom Harvey, seconded by Jeanette Jenkinson, moved the Conservative Group nominations as circulated prior to the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Kevin Lancaster

Kevin Lancaster

Human Resources

Pat Bell

Pat Bell

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Kevin Holmes

Kevin Holmes

Overview and Scrutiny

Janette Jenkinson

Janette Jenkinson

Planning

John Holmes

John Holmes

Standards

Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) clarified that the Conservative Group nominations for each committee showed the same Member for both Chairman and Vice-Chairman and explained that, should the Liberal Democrat nomination for Chairman be carried, then the Conservative Group nomination would become the nominee for Vice-Chairman.

 

With regard to recommendation (10) and the appointment of a representative and a substitute, from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to Cumbria County Council’s Health and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Mark Wilson, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely Councillor Vicky Hughes (representative) and Councillor Ali Jama (substitute).

 

Following a vote, it was subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)  the political balance of the Council as set out in the report at paragraph 3.2 and Appendix 1 to the report, be noted;

 

(2)  the committees, and Terms of Reference for those committees, as detailed in Table 2, Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, be approved for the forthcoming municipal year;

 

(3)  the delegation of Council functions and Proper Officer appointments be confirmed, as set out in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution;

 

(4)  the size of the committees and the seats of each committee to political groups be approved and allocated in accordance with the table set out below:-

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (64 places)

41

18

4

1

Audit (6)

4

2

0

0

Human Resources (9)

6

2

1

0

Licensing Regulatory (15)

10

4

1

0

Overview and Scrutiny 13)

8

4

1

0

Planning (14)

8

4

1

1

Standards (7)

4

2

1

0

 

(5)  seats on those committees which are not subject to political balance rules be allocated in accordance with Appendix 2 to the report;

 

(6)  seats on those committees that are not subject to political balance rules be allocated as set out below:-

 

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (31 places)

20

9

2

0

Lake Administration (24 Members in total  16 District Councillors)

10

5

1

0

Licensing (15)

10

4

1

0

 

(7)  nominations of councillors to serve on each committee, which were circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting be received;

 

(8)  consideration be given to the appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees listed in the documents circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting;

 

(9)  the delegation of executive functions, as confirmed by the Leader and set out in Part 3(4) of the Council’s Constitution, be noted; and

 

(10)                consideration be given to the appointment of a representative and a substitute, from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee for the forthcoming year.

Publication date: 16/07/2021

Date of decision: 19/05/2021

Decided at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

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