Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 21st July, 2016 7.30 pm, MOVED

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

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

Items
No. Item

16.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATION OF SUBSTITUTES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr David Wales and Councillors Joyce Melican, Tony Shields and Simon Wales. Councillors David Hicks and Daniel Sangster attended as substitute members for Councillors Tony Shields and Simon Wales respectively.

 

17.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2015.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

18.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

19.

MEMBER DEVELOPMENT UPDATE pdf icon PDF 149 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:

The Head of Committee and Management Support introduced the report which updated the committee on the Council’s member development following a request from the committee at the December meeting to receive regular updates.

 

Members discussed attendance at training and how this could be improved; some suggestions included other forms of delivery, such as filming of training sessions and e-learning and setting a minimum level of attendees for training to be delivered. Members also felt it would be useful if training was categorised into levels – essential and useful.

 

Members also discussed the importance of mandatory training for particular committees, especially Planning Committee, due to the quasi-judicial nature of the meeting. The Monitoring Officer (MO) advised that Council has the power to appoint or remove members, but as this was done following consultation with group leaders the Committee could request that the group leaders only appoint members who will complete required planning committee training and seek to remove members from the committee if they do not attend training, subject to alternatives being provided to members who could not make specific dates.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the member development programme be noted

 

2.    That the committee request that the Leaders of the Majority and Opposition Groups make a commitment to only nominate members to sit on the Planning Committee who will complete the required training and seek to remove members who do not attend Planning Committee training.

20.

OPERATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT pdf icon PDF 158 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 held on 9 December 2015.

 

Minutes:

The MO introduced a report which updated the committee on reports received and dealt with since the last meeting. The MO updated the meeting that since the report had been published, the additional information referred to relating to the final complaint listed, had now been received and so the complaint process would be followed.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

21.

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.

22.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the next meeting of the Committee will be on 14 September 2016.

Minutes:

The chair confirmed that the date of the next meeting was 14 September 2016.