To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (copy enclosed)
Members considered a report from the Chair of the Constitution Review Group, which recommended that the Council adopt certain changes to the Constitution, to maintain it as an up to date, living document. The specific changes were:-
· new Terms of Reference for Cumbria Local Pensions Board (Part 2P) and Cumbria Fire Local Pensions Board (Part 2Q)
· new Officers’ Code of Conduct (Part 6B) and
· new Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy (Part 6D)
With reference to the Cumbria Local Pensions Board and Cumbria Fire Pensions Board, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) published updated guidance for Local Pension Boards in May 2018. As a result the opportunity had been taken to review the current Terms of Reference for Cumbria Local Pension Board and Cumbria Fire Local Pension Board with a view to updating these and ensuring they aligned to CIPFA guidance.
The current terms of reference of the Boards do not permit substitution, as a result a new set of clauses on substitution had been included in the proposed terms of reference to permit each Board member to have a substitute. The substitutes would be appointed in the same way as the Board members.
In relation to the Officer Code of Conduct the Council had an Officers’ Code of Conduct which had been in place for many years. It was an important part of the Council’s governance framework, setting out the ethical standards and conduct expected of officers. As with the Member Code, the Officer Code had as at its foundation the Nolan standards of conduct in public life. It was some years since the Council’s Code had been reviewed and the current review had been carried out to ensure that the Code remained fit for purpose.
The Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy had been reviewed in the context of recent changes in the law requiring a more proactive approach to preventing tax evasion, promoting greater awareness of related offences to money laundering, including criminal & terrorist activity. A number of changes were proposed to the policy to reflect these changes, in relation to money laundering and the Proceeds of Crime Act, as well as to integrate money laundering and tax evasion measures into the main body of the Policy.
RESOLVED that, Members approve the following documents as updates to Parts of the Constitution, replacing current Parts:-
· Terms of Reference Cumbria Local Pensions Board (Part 2P)
· Terms of Reference Cumbria Fire Local Pensions Board (Part 2Q)
· Officers’ Code of Conduct (Part 6B)
· Anti-Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Policy (Part 6D)