Agenda Item No. 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Council Meeting: 18th July, 2018

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer/ Head of Legal and Democratic Services

 

Review of the Council's Constitution - Officer Delegations

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To seek Council approval of minor amendments to the Council's Constitution and Officer Delegations following the recent re-designation of the Head of Legal Services to the Monitoring Officer/Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

Recommendation

That the Council's Constitution and Officer Delegations be amended to reflect the re-designation of the Head of Legal Services to the Monitoring Officer / Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

Reason for the Recommendation

To update the Officer Delegation Scheme to reflect current structures and relevant provisions within the current Constitution.

Background

  1. The Constitution remains under review on an ongoing basis.  Under Section 2.4 of the Constitution, the Monitoring Officer has a duty to monitor and review the operation of the Constitution to ensure that the aims and principles contained therein are given full effect. 
  2. Section 2.6.2 of the Constitution provides for any changes considered by the Monitoring Officer to be "required to be made to remove any inconsistency, ambiguity or typographical correction to be made in a report to the next Full Council meeting for information". 

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. General housekeeping changes are required as a result of recent internal restructuring and reporting arrangements as a consequence of the Operational Manager (Democratic Services) now reporting to the Monitoring Officer / Head of Legal and Democratic Services .  The re-designation has no implications in relation to the statutory designation of the Operational Manager (Democratic Services) as the Head of Democratic Services.
  2. Section 25 of the Constitution - Officer Delegations - requires a number of minor amendments to the Officer Delegations resting with the Monitoring Officer/Head of Legal Services to reflect the above re-designation. 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Council is required to comply with the Local Government Act 2000 and subordinate legislation in the drawing up and subsequent operation of the Constitution.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications arising.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. 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

  1. The adoption and subsequent changing of the Constitution is a matter for Full Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The monitoring and amendment of the Constitution is an internal matter and therefore no external consultation is necessary. 

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources.

Background Papers

Council Constitution

Contact Officer

Jeff Rees, Tel: (01446) 709413; email: jerees@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Officers Consulted

Monitoring Officer/ Head of Legal and Democratic Services

Managing Director

Responsible Officer:

Debbie Marles, Monitoring Officer/ Head of Legal and Democratic Services