Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 25th January, 2018

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Applications for Dispensation

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To consider applications for dispensation.

Recommendation

That the Standards Committee consider the applications on matters as set out in the completed proformas attached.

Reason for the Recommendation

To comply with regulations and obligations 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 Standards Committee to speak and, if appropriate, to vote on issues which due to prejudicial interests, 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.
  2. Committee is requested to consider the applications as below:
  • Application for dispensation from Vale of Glamorgan Councillor V.P. Driscoll to speak and vote at Planning Committee on the planning application relating to the St. Cyres site and any related reports (paragraph (e)).
  • Application for dispensation from Barry Town Councillor Dr. I.J. Johnson to speak and vote at Barry Town Council and any relevant Committees on matters relating to the Pioneer Hall and any future community facilities owned and managed by Barry Town Council (paragraphs (c), (d) and (f)).

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 Standards Committees Grant of Dispensations (Wales) Regulations 2001.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None 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. One of the roles and functions of the Standards Committee (as detailed in the Council's Constitution) is to consider granting dispensations to Councillors, Co-opted Members and Church and Parent Governor Representatives from requirements relating to interests set out in the Members' Code of Conduct.

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

Standards Committees Grant of Dispensations (Wales) Regulations 2001

Contact Officer

Mrs. Karen Bowen, Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer, Tel: 01446 709856

Officers Consulted

None.

Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer