Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 3rd July, 2024 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Minutes of the annual meeting of County Council held on Wednesday 1 May 2024, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record.

3.

Disclosures of Members' Interests

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required where a matter arises at a meeting;

 

a.       Which directly relates to Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (‘DPI’) as set out in Appendix B, Table 1 of the Code of Conduct, to disclose the interest, not participate in any discussion or vote and not to remain in room. Where members have a DPI or if the matter concerns an executive function and is being considered by a Cabinet Member with a DPI they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with the matter.

 

b.       Which directly relates to the financial interest or well being of a Other Registrable Interest as set out in Appendix B, Table 2 of the Code of Conduct to disclose the interest and only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak at the meeting but otherwise must not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not remain the room.

 

c.        Which directly relates to their financial interest or well-being (and is not DPI) or the financial well being of a relative or close associate, to declare the interest and members may only speak on the matter if members of the public are also allowed to speak. Otherwise, the member must not take part in discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room.

 

d.       Which affects the financial well-being of the member, a relative or close associate or a body included under the Other Registrable Interests column in Table 2, to disclose the interest and apply the test set out at paragraph 9 of Appendix B before deciding whether they may remain in the meeting.

 

e.       Where Members have or a Cabinet Member has an Other Registerable Interest or Non Registerable Interest in a matter being considered in exercise of their executive function, they must notify the Monitoring Officer and arrange for somebody else to deal with it.

 

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Members are referred to the Code of Conduct which contains the matters above in full. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

4.

Announcements

by the Chair, Leader, Members of the Cabinet, Chair of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee or Head of Paid Service.

5.

Public Questions

To receive questions provided on notice from and to provide answers to the public in accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules.

6.

Member Questions

To receive questions provided on notice from and to provide answers to Members of the Council in accordance with the Council’s Procedure Rules.

7.

Leader's Portfolio Annual Report pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

 

This is the Leader of Council’s Annual Portfolio Report. The Report contains issues that set the context for delivery of the Leader’s Portfolio. It highlights achievements over the past year and, outlines the areas of focus for the coming year.

8.

Appointment of Director of Children, Young people and Families pdf icon PDF 163 KB

Report of the Chair of the Staff and Appointments Committee

 

The post of Director of Children, Young People and Families was appointed to by the Staff and Appointments Committee on 29 May 2024 on a proposed salary of £119,800. Council in now asked under the requirements of paragraph 6.2 of the Council’s adopted Pay Policy to approve the proposed salary.

 

Council are requested to note the approval of the preferred candidate – Victoria McLeod by the Staff and Appointments Committee on 29 May 2024.

 

9.

Appointment of Director of Commissioning and Performance pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Report of the Chair of the Staff and Appointments Committee

 

The post of Director of Commissioning and Performance was agreed to be recommended for appointment by the Staff and Appointments Committee on 29 May 2024 on a proposed salary of £109,081. Council is now asked under the requirements of paragraph 6.2 of the Council’s adopted Pay Policy to approve the appointment at the proposed salary level.

 

Council are requested to note the selection of the preferred candidate – Phil Howells by the Staff and Appointments Committee held on 29 May 2024.

10.

Q4 Corporate Performance Report pdf icon PDF 405 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

 

This report provides a summary of the progress against the Council’s three Corporate Plan priorities using the Council's performance at the end of Quarter 4, 2023/24 (Q4).

Additional documents:

11.

Motion

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule No.1.2.11, Councillor Dickinson to move the following motion, received by Democratic Services on 5 June 2024:-

 

Northumberland County Council recognises that many public service workers are subjected to violence and aggression in the course of their work.  Evidence provided by UNISON highlights that workers in Councils including here in Northumberland experience violence, intimidation and bullying in the workplace. Often it is accepted as being "part of the job" which of course it is not. We urge all Councillors to support this motion to stand with our staff and say that none of them should ever feel being treated inappropriately or experiencing violence at is acceptable or tolerated.

 

This council applauds UNISON for developing the ‘End Violence at Work Charter’ - which commits employers to ten basic actions to safeguard public service workers and provide support should they become the target of violence at work, that this also extends to say that intimidation and bullying of any employee is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in Northumberland County Council and that Northumberland County Council sign up for Charter status.

 

This council wishes to see far more employers confront the issue of violence in the workplace and therefore commits to ensure the following ten steps are in place, and where these steps are not in place, an action plan is produced to ensure they are in place within 6months of this motion passing today.

 

The Council will ensure that they have applied for the UNISON Violence At Work Charter mark by December 2024 or before.

 

The 10 key steps:

 

1. The employer has a written violence and aggression at work policy, which is available to all staff. The policy should also cover lone working.

 

2. Responsibility for implementing these policies lies with a senior manager.

 

3. Measures are taken to reduce staff working in isolated buildings, offices or other work areas to a minimum.

 

4. Staff are encouraged to report all violent incidents and they are told how to do this.

 

5. The employer collects and monitors data on violent incidents on a regular and ongoing basis.

 

6. Where they are in place, union safety reps are able to access this data and are consulted on solutions to issues relating to violence in the workplace.

 

7. Thorough risk assessments are conducted for staff placed in vulnerable situations.

 

8. The employer has support pathways in place for staff who are victims of violence at work, so that they know where to turn for advice and support.

 

9. Training to ensure staff are aware of the appropriate way to deal with threatening situations.

 

10. Where appropriate, independent counselling services are available to staff who are the victims of violence at work.

 

Link to additional information: https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2023/06/27427_violence_at_work_charter-UNISON-HS-2023-1.pdf