Agenda and minutes

Ethical Governance and Personnel Committee - Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10.30 am

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Contact: Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Officer 

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Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


It was highlighted that Councillor Cope had been present at the previous meeting but was not listed as ‘present’ in the minutes. It was also noted that the third paragraph on page two of the minutes referred to confirming a breach ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ where it should have said ‘on the balance of probabilities’. It was moved by Councillor Moore, seconded by Councillor Inman and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 17 December be confirmed subject to the above amendments 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.


Review of procedure for dealing with Code of Conduct complaints pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer.

Additional documents:


Following a request at the previous meeting, members were presented with a proposed revised procedure for dealing with Code of Conduct complaints. The Independent Person provided some comments regarding the process which did not affect the document presented but which he felt may assist in dealing with complaints. One of these comments referred to the second paragraph on page 7 of the agenda and the suggestion that, rather than providing the subject member with contact details of an Independent Person to contact them, the Monitoring Officer should facilitate a minuted meeting between the subject member and Independent Person.


Members discussed that restrictive nature of the current standards regime and the lack of options available for sanctioning members who are found to have breached the code of conduct or where previously ‘other action’ may have been taken.


A member requested that consideration be given to including in the documentation wording to prevent a member from sitting on the committee to consider a complaint that he or she was involved in or witness to in any way. It was agreed that this would be investigated and brought back to the next meeting if necessary.


With regard to paragraph 1.1 on page 9 of the agenda pack, it was requested that the final sentence be amended to include consultation with the Independent Person in making a decision on whether a complaint has been informally resolved.


It was requested that, on page 10 of the agenda, paragraphs 2.7 and 2.10 should include reference to both the complainant and subject member being notified of the outcome in writing.


Members requested that paragraph 4.14 on page 14 be reinstated unless there was a particular reason for it being removed. It was agreed that this would be clarified.


It was moved by Councillor Inman, seconded by Councillor Moore and unanimously




(i)            the procedure for dealing with code of conduct complaints be recommended to Council with the following amendments:


a.            Inclusion of consultation with the Independent Person in making a decision on informal resolution (paragraph 1.1);


b.            Inclusion in paragraphs 2.7 and 2.10 of reference to the complainant and subject member being notified of the outcome in writing;


c.            Reinstatement of paragraph 4.14 subject to confirmation that there is no specific reason for deletion.


(ii)           Consideration be given to preventing members who have an involvement in a complaint from sitting on the Committee during consideration thereof.