Agenda

Standards Committee - Thursday, 14th October, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Space, Block 1, Floor 2, County Hall

Contact: Lesley Bennett 

Items
No. Item

1.

MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

To confirm the following membership and terms of reference as agreed by the Council meeting on 26 May 2021.

 

Members: 9 Councillors (5:3:1) and 3 Parish Council representatives (Only one member of the Committee can be a member of the Cabinet). 

 

Independent Person – Mrs K. Milner  

 

Quorum - 4 

 

Chair: Mr J. Jackson 

 

Vice Chair: B. Flux 

 

Conservative 

Labour 

Independent 

Group 

Liberal Democrats 

Green Party 

Ind Non-Grouped 

T. Cessford 

L. Dunn 

  S. Bridgett

 

 

 

B. Flux 

L. Grimshaw 

 

 

 

 

C. Seymour 

A. Wallace 

 

 

 

 

G. Stewart 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Towns 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Three non-voting Parish/Town Council Members - TBC

 

Independent Person - Mrs K. Milner

 

Functions:

 

(a)    Promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by councillors, town and parish councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor representatives.

 

(b)    Assisting the councillors, town and parish councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor representatives to observe the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

(c)    Advising the Council on the adoption or revision of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

(d)    Monitoring the operation of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

(e)    Advising, training or arranging to train councillors, town and parish councillors, co-opted members and church and parent governor representatives on matters relating to the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

(f)     Granting dispensations to councillors, town and parish councillors, co-opted members, church and parent governor representatives from requirements relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests set out in the Members’ Code of Conduct.

 

(g)    Assessing and reviewing complaints about councillors and conducting determinations’ hearings.

 

(h)    Granting exemptions for politically restricted posts.

 

(i)     Such other roles as may be given by the Council.

 

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room.

 

NB  Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

 

4.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 331 KB

Minutes of the meeting of the 22 April 2021, as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

5.

Appointment of Parish Council Representatives to the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To inform members of the progress made with regard to the appointment of the three Parish Council representatives to the Standards Committee

 

6.

Model Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 1015 KB

To update Members with regard to the new Model Code of Conduct prepared by the Local Government Association and for the Standards Committee to consider its contents and provide any final comments upon the Model Code.

 

7.

Code of Conduct Complaints - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To receive a report on the progress with complaints received by the authority under the new arrangements adopted by the authority for dealing with standards allegations under the Localism Act 2011. 

Additional documents:

8.

URGENT BUSINESS (IF ANY)

To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chair, should, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

9.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 27 January 2022 at 2.00 p.m.  Venue to be confirmed.