Agenda Item No 5

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Standards Committee: 25th January 2017

 

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Model Local Resolution Protocol for Community and Town Councils

Purpose of the Report

  1. To advise Members of the responses received from Town and Community Councils regarding adoption of the One Voice Wales Model Local Resolution Protocol.

Recommendation

That the report be noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

To inform Members of the Standards Committee.

Background

  1. At the All Wales Monitoring Officers meeting in June 2017, a presentation and a copy of One Voice Wales' Model Local Resolution Protocol for Community and Town Council was presented.
  2. At its meeting on 13th July, 2017, Members of the Standards Committee resolved that all Town and Community Councils in the Vale of Glamorgan be recommended to consider adopting the Model Local Resolution Protocol or to use the Model version to draw up their own Protocol.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. All Town and Community Councils have been contacted to ascertain if their Councils have adopted the Protocol or whether they used it as a basis to draw up their own Protocol. Appendix 1 to the report details the responses received to date which advises that 20 Town and Community Councils have already adopted the protocol with some Councils yet to consider / confirm their position.
  2. Members will also note that in respect of Penllyn and Wenvoe Community Councils, the Clerk has advised that it has been considered in consultation with the Chairmen of the respective Councils that the Protocol was disproportionate to the size of the Councils and with the number of complaints received being nil there was no intention to put the document before the Councils.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. No Vale of Glamorgan Council resources have been utilised in the adoption and / or implementation of the Protocol by Town and Community Councils.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

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. The report relates to the role of the Standards Committee to promote and maintain high standards of conduct of Members as detailed in the Council's Constitution.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for decision by the Standards Committee.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The report does not require consultation with other parties.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Not applicable.

Background Papers

E-mailed comments as detailed in the Appendix.

Contact Officer

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

Officers Consulted

None

Responsible Officer:

Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer

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