Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 21st March, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Cross Room, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland PR25 1DH

Contact: Dianne Scambler  Email: dscambler@southribble.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

35.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Colin Coulton, Rebecca Noblet and Mick Titherington.

36.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Held on 13 December 2018, to be signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: (Unanimously)

 

The minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on the 13 December 2018 were confirmed as a correct record for signing by the Chair.

37.

Minutes of the Standards Committee Initial Assessment Hearing Panel pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Held on 13 December 2018, to be signed as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

Members expressed their disappointment at the delay of audio evidence being submitted to the Interim Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED: (Unanimously)

 

The minutes of the Standards Committee Initial Assessment Hearing Panel held on the 13 December 2018 were held to be a correct record for signing by the Chair.

38.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There was no declarations of interest made.

39.

Local Government Ethical Standards pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of the Interim Monitoring Officer attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Interim Monitoring Officer presented a report which sought to inform members of a recent publication by the Committee on Standards in Public Life on the issue of “Local Government Ethical Standards.” The report followed on from an extensive consultation exercise on Local Government ethical standards, of which the Standards Committee took part and submitted a response. The report provided a number of recommendations which would be taken to Central Government for consideration.

 

Members were directed to a number of recommendations within the report of particular interest. These included areas such as an updated model code of conduct, declaring and managing interests, the tenure of an Independent Person and the level of sanctions available to Standards Committees.

 

The Committee discussed the report and recommendations and were generally happy with the report findings.

 

Suggestions from the committee included the inclusion of the Member Officer Protocol and the Social Media Policy on the new Member Induction programme and a possible review of the Members’ Code of Conduct to include malicious complaints as a breach of the code.

 

RESOLVED: (Unanimously)

 

1.    That the report be noted.

2.    That the Monitoring Officer be authorised to write to the relevant Government Office expressing the view that it would like the Government to give active consideration to the recommendations contained in the report on ethical standards by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, particularly with regard to the introduction of an effective sanctions regime.