Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Wednesday, 9th December, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Alexa Coates, Committee and Management Services Support Manager  Tel: 020 8770 5094 | Email:  alexa.coates@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

9.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATION OF SUBSTITUTES

Minutes:

Apologies for absensce were received by Councillor Tony Shields.

10.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

11.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2015.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

12.

MEMBER DEVELOPMENT UPDATE pdf icon PDF 155 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Committee on the Council's member development programme, setting out how the council is ensuring that all members are fully aware of their obligation to follow the Nolan Principles and to uphold the code of conduct at all times in their behaviour as elected members.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Jessica Crowe, the Monitoring Officer (MO) introduced the report which updated the committee on the Council’s member development programme and how the Council was ensuring that all members are fully aware of their obligation to follow the Nolan Principles and uphold the code of conduct.

 

Members asked questions about attendance levels and were encouraged to promote development events and encourage attendance amongst colleagues. The committee requested that they receive future reports on member development activities including attendance statistics.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

13.

OPERATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT pdf icon PDF 166 KB

A function of the Council’s Standards Committee is to receive reports on the operation of the member Code of Conduct at Sutton. The purpose of this report is to update the committee on complaints which have been received and dealt with since the last meeting.

Minutes:

Jessica Crowe, Monitoring Officer (MO) introduced the report which updated the committee on complaints received and dealt with in the last municipal year to date.

 

Members discussed complaints relating to Councillors not responding to constituent emails. The MO advised that ICT set a lower filter for Councillor emails in order to reduce genuine constituent emails going to Spam or Junk mail folders. Members questioned whether not responding to emails would be considered a breach of the code of conduct.

 

The committee requested that a report be received at each meeting on complaints received unless there was a nil return.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted

14.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS

Brought forward at the direction of the chair, who has approved the reason for the urgency.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

15.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the next meeting of the Committee will be on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 7.30 pm at Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA.

 

Minutes:

The chair informed members of the committee that the next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 2 March 2016.