Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Standards Committee: 28th January 2016


Report of the Monitoring Officer


Standards Conference Wales 2015


Purpose of the Report

  1. To update Members of the Committee on the Standards Conference Wales 2015 which was held on 20th October, 2015.


That the update be noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

Having regard to the contents of the report.


  1. The Standards Conference was held in Cardiff on 20th October, 2015.
  2. In addition to the Monitoring Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer of each Council in Wales, each Authority had been allocated up to four places at the Conference.
  3. The Standards Committee was represented at the Conference by Mr. Hallett and Town Councillor Cuddy.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Attached for the information of the Committee are copies of papers used during the Conference Workshops, as follows:

Appendix A - Are the Nolan Principles fit for purpose now and in 20 years?

Appendix B - Community and Town Councils - Governance and Standards.

Appendix C - Whistleblowing.

Appendix D - Local Resolution Process - Practicalities and the RCT Experience - Future Role?

Appendix E - Social Media - Staying Out of Trouble.

  1. Cardiff Council has produced a summary of the conference presentations, and a copy is attached at Appendix F.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The cost was £50 per delegate, with four delegates permitted from each Unitary Authority.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

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


Contact Officer

Mr. C. Hope, tel: (01446) 709855, e-mail:

Officers Consulted


Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer