Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee (HPBC)
Thursday, 22nd March, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: The Board Room, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. View directions

Items
No. Item

18/15

To receive Disclosures of Interest on any matters before the Committee

Minutes:

There were no declarations made.

18/16

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held 16 November 2017 be approved, subject the clarification of attendance by elected members and non-elected members

 

18/17

Local Government Ethical Standards Consultation pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report with regards to a consultation exercise to review local government ethical standards by the Committee for Standards in Public Life.  Discussion included the types of sanctions currently available, allegations made against parish councillors and circumstances which may trigger an investigation. 

 

The committee also considered requirements for declaration of interests at meetings.  This included the potential advantages of declaring a conflict of loyalty as a type of interest at meetings, as used by some other organisations.  It was thought that this may sometimes enable a councillor, not involved in making the decision, to continue to provide useful background information during meetings where they may have an overlapping role (e.g. representation of the Council to an outside body).  Discussion also included the possible addition of a “right to make representations” for councillors at meetings such as Development Control Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the report be noted and that authority be delegated to officers to respond to the consultation on behalf of the Council.

18/18

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business as there may be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items as there may be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

18/19

Complaints - Review and Monitoring Report

Minutes:

There was a report on complaints made to the Monitoring Officer under the Council’s agreed arrangements for dealing with standards complaints. 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the contents of the report be noted.