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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 21st September, 2015

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Applications for Dispensation - Llandough Community Council

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. Standards Committee, on 6th July, 2015, considered requests from Llandough Community Councillors R.F. Collier, Ms. P.A. Carreyett, B.C.F. Hill, M.D. Edwards and Dr. M.C. Misra to speak and vote on matters concerning Llandough and Leckwith War Memorial Institute. A copy of their Application Form is attached at Appendix 1.
  2. The decision of the Standards Committee was

"(1)                T H A T dispensation be granted to Llandough Community Councillors R.F. Collier, Ms. P.A. Carreyett, B.C.F. Hill, M.D. Edwards and Dr. M.C. Misra to speak and vote on matters concerning the Llandough and Leckwith War Memorial Institute, with the exception of financial matters involving the Institute, in view of there being five Councillors with a personal interest in this matter. As there were a total of 10 Members on the Community Council, there was a possibility of a quorum not being achieved should a number of apologies be received. The dispensation was granted under paragraph (a) of the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001 which governs a grant of dispensation to speak/speak and vote and that the dispensations be granted for the Council year ending 30th April, 2016."

  1. I have now received an e-mail from the Clerk to Llandough Community Council which explains that the decision of the Standards Committee has created difficulties in the awarding of financial grants. A copy of the e-mail is attached at Appendix 2.

Recommendation

That the Standards Committee consider the request of Llandough Community Council that this matter be re-examined in the light of the circumstances outlined in the e-mail received from the Community Council.

Reason for the Recommendation

To comply with regulations on applications for the grant of dispensations to speak and vote.

Background

  1. The Standards Committee (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001 permits Members to apply to the Standards Committee to speak and, if appropriate, vote on issues which, due to a prejudicial interest, they may not otherwise be able to speak or vote or remain in the room.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. In order to deal with the applications as quickly as possible it is necessary for the Standards Committee to receive full information of the interests involved and why in the Member's opinion dispensation should be given. Copies of the relevant applications are attached.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Council is required to comply with the Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. None.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This report does not affect the Council's Policy Framework and Budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The report does not involve any consultation with other parties.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. None.

Background Papers

The Standards Committees (Grant of Dispensations) (Wales) Regulations 2001.

Contact Officer

Mr. C. Hope, tel: (01446) 709855, e-mail: democratic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles

Monitoring Officer

 

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