Agenda Item No 6
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Standards Committee : 11 April 2014
Report of the Monitoring Officer
Protocol - Standard of Conduct Expected by Members
Purpose of the Report
1. To consider the revised 'Protocol - Standard of Conduct Expected by Members'.
THAT the revised 'Protocol - Standard of Conduct Expected by Members' attached at Appendix A to this report be agreed and referred to the Council's New Welsh Model Constitution Working Party, for incorporation into the Council's Constitution as part of the ongoing work in reviewing the New Welsh Model Constitution.
Reason for the Recommendation
With a view to promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct by Councillors and co-opted members and sharing the views of the Standards Committee with the New Welsh Model Constitution Working Party.
2. Standards Committee received a report at its 5 December 2013 meeting detailing in part the draft 'Protocol - Standard of Conduct Expected by Members' (the 'Protocol') which appeared in the New Welsh Model Constitution. A number of amendments were discussed, and it was resolved that a report be brought back to this meeting.
Relevant Issues and Options
3. Part of the role of the Standards Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct amongst Members and to assist them to observe the Members' Code of Conduct.
4. The purpose of the Protocol at Appendix A is to establish a benchmark of behaviour which is acceptable between Members. It is not intended to replace the Members' Code of Conduct but to sit alongside it and fill the gap between behaviour which possibly in itself is not serious, but creates unpleasantness between Council Members, and behaviour that is approaching the threshold of being serious enough for the Ombudsman to hold an investigation.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
5. None directly associated with this report.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
7. As set out in this report.
Crime and Disorder Implications
8. None directly arising from this report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
9. The Protocol at Appendix A reinforces the expectation of Members to show respect to diversity and equality.
10. The Constitution is part of the framework supporting the Council's commitment to provide political leadership and active relationship and engagement.
Policy Framework and Budget
11. The adoption and subsequent changing of the Constitution is a matter for the full Council.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
12. Given the specific comments raised by Councillor Mrs. A. Moore and the Chairman of the Standards Committee, they have been consulted regarding Appendix A.
13. The monitoring and amendments of the Constitution is an internal matter and therefore no external consultation is necessary. Members of the New Model Welsh Constitution Working Party will be consulted in due course.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
New Model Welsh Constitution.
Report to the Standards Committee on 5 December 2013 entitled New Welsh Model Constitution.
Debbie Marles - Head of Legal Services
01446 709402 email DMarles@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
Debbie Marles - Head of Legal Services (and Monitoring Officer)