Agenda and minutes

Ethical Governance and Personnel Committee - Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10.30 am

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Contact: Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Officer 

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Apologies and substitutions


Apologies were submitted on behalf of Councillor Lynch with the substitution of Councillor Lynch authorised in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 39 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


It was moved by Councillor Witherford, seconded by Councillor Moore and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 9 July 2014 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.


No interests were declared at this stage.


Matters from which the public may be excluded

To consider the passing of a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the public from the undermentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 10 of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.


On the motion of Councillor Inman seconded by Councillor Hall, it was


RESOLVED – in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 12A of that Act.


Investigation report 2013/0013

Report of the Investigator attached.


Members gave consideration to the report of the Investigator which recommended no further action. In general, members were unhappy about the recommendation and maintained that the actions of the subject member were unacceptable.


Following lengthy discussion on the matter, members acknowledged that the current standards regime provided little recourse for members who failed to comply with the Code of Conduct and felt therefore that there would be no advantage to pursuing the matter. It was, however, acknowledged that, had an officer made such comments, disciplinary action would be taken.


Members of the Committee asked that the decision notice be sent with a decision of ‘no further action’, but that the views of the Committee be recorded that the behaviour of the member was unacceptable, his comments were disrespectful, unnecessary and unacceptable.


Councillor Witherford left the meeting at 11.20am.


It was moved by Councillor Moore, seconded by Councillor Hall and




(i)            No further action be taken


(ii)           The views of the Committee with regard to the unacceptability of such comments be made clear.