Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Wednesday, 14th December, 2016 7.30 pm

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

23.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATION OF SUBSTITUTES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Simon Wales, Trish Fivey and Nick Emmerson and from Ifat Shah. Councillor Daniel Sangster attended as a substitute member for Councillor Nick Emmerson.

 

24.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 July 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

25.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

26.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS BROUGHT FORWARD AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR

Minutes:

The Chair accepted a late and urgent item relating to a Dispensation request, the item was urgent as the meeting the dispensation related to was scheduled for the day following.

 

27.

MEMBER DEVELOPMENT UPDATE pdf icon PDF 97 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 presented the report which updated the committee on member development programme and events scheduled since the last meeting. Members discussed the quality and relevance of planning committee training and how tests could be incorporated into training events.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

 

28.

OPERATION OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT pdf icon PDF 129 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 21 July 2016

 

Minutes:

 

The Monitoring Officer presented the report, members of the committee asked questions relating to whether the report covered all complaints received or just those formally submitted. Officers advised that the process had been simplified so that complaint forms were no longer required for a complaint to be processed and all complaints received were forwarded to the Monitoring Officer to log and review. The MO advised that a benchmarking exercise could be undertaken to assess how the Council compares to other authorities in terms of the level of complaints.

 

Resolved

 

That the report be noted.

 

29.

DISPENSATION pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer presented the report outlining a request from Councillor Jane Pascoe for a dispensation to make a statement to the Children, Family and Education Committee despite having a conflict of interest in an item under discussion. Officers pointed out that there was a procedural issue with authority to grant dispensations being delegated to the standards committee rather than the Monitoring Officer as issues would likely come up outside of the committee cycle and it was therefore highlighted that this would be addressed through future constitutional updates.

 

Resolved


That a dispensation be granted to Councillor Jane Pascoe to take part in the Children, Family and Education Committee on 15 December 2016 in relation to item 6 Proposal on the Merger of Limes College and Sutton Tuition and Reintegration Service