Agenda and draft minutes

Standards Committee
Friday, 26th January, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Conference Room A/B, Cumbria House, Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RD

Contact: Shamim Lindsay  Shamim Lindsay

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mr F Cassidy.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for       profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                   interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the         area of the authority; and

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one       hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2017 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Mr Roy Worsley, Independent Person, attended the meeting which was not noted on the minutes.

 

 

RESOLVED,     that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2017 be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

4.

Use of Social Media by Members of the Council pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider a report from the Monitoring Officer.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from Iolanda Puzio, Monitoring Officer for Cumbria County Council, which presented proposals for the Standards Committee to consider and agree how they wished to take forward the provision of guidance for members of the Council on the use of social media.

 

The proposal in the report was to establish a working group to prepare guidance for members of the Council on the use of social media and determine its remit and membership.

 

The committee was advised that circumstances had subsequently overtaken this report following an issue which arose at Council whereby a member began filming the meeting.

 

Following this, a meeting was arranged with Group Leaders to consider whether an agreement could be reached as to expectations for the future.  It was agreed at that meeting that the Council should look at developing a protocol in respect of filming and Social Media.  The Group Leaders had asked that the matter be referred to the Members Development Group.

 

Iolanda Puzio, Monitoring Officer for Cumbria County Council, noted that the Standards Committee still had a role in the Social Media Protocol, however, she proposed that the Committee consider deferring this matter until the work to be done by the Member Development Group was agreed.

 

The Committee was advised that as a protocol would be, in essence, an agreement between Members, there was no strict formal governance route, therefore it was a matter of agreeing how the Members Development Group and the Standards Committee work together to produce guidance.

 

An enquiry was made if this matter needed to go to full Council.

 

It was advised that the governance route to be taken was not yet clear and would not become so until a plan was created with the Members Development Group.

 

RESOLVED,     .that:-

1.    the matter be deferred until the Members Development Group had had the opportunity to consider the issues.

2.    this matter to be put on the agenda for the next Standards Committee meeting for the Monitoring Officer to provide an update.

 

5.

Review of the Protocol for Investigation of Complaints pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider a report from the Monitoring Officer.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Monitoring Officer which set out recommended changes to the procedure for Investigation of Complaints regarding breaches of the Member Code of Conduct, following a review by the Monitoring Officer.

 

RESOLVED,     that the proposed revisions to the protocol for Investigation of Complaints regarding breaches of the Member Code of Conduct ( as set out in Appendix B to the report) be approved.

 

6.

Date of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting of the Committee will be held on Friday 27 April 2018 at 10.00am, County Offices, Kendal.

 

Minutes:

It was noted that the next meeting would be held on Friday 27 April 2018 at 10.00am, County Offices, Kendal.