Agenda Item No. 5
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Standards Committee: 22nd March 2018
Report of the Monitoring Officer
Observations by Independent Standards Committee Members at Vale of Glamorgan Council Meetings
Purpose of the Report
- To advise Members of forthcoming Vale of Glamorgan Council Committee meetings in order that a programme of attendance can be agreed for the Municipal Year 2018/19.
- That as part of the Committee's work programme Independent Members attend a number of Vale of Glamorgan Council meetings during the Municipal Year 2018/19 to observe meetings with a view to promote and maintain high standards of conduct in line with the Members ' Code of Conduct.
- That feedback reports are presented to the Standards Committee on a quarterly basis following the observations as outlined in recommendation 1 above.
Reason for the Recommendations
1 & 2 In the interests of promoting and maintaining high standards of Conduct.
- There are a number of roles and functions of the Standards Committee, one of which is:
(a) To promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Councillors, Co-Opted Members and church and parent governor representatives of the Council.
In considering the Committees work programme report at its meeting January 2018 the proposal for independent Members of the Committee to observe Vale of Glamorgan Council meetings was agreed to be an appropriate opportunity to not only build on knowledge but to assist with the process of promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct.
Relevant Issues and Options
- A copy of the calendar of meetings for the forthcoming Municipal Year is attached for Committee's information. The calendar can also be found on the website at the link http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/Documents/_Committee%20Reports/Committee%20Information/Calendar-of-Meetings/2018-19/17-12-04-English.pdf . The suggestion that Independent Members of the Standards Committee consider attending Council meetings was considered to be an appropriate action to observe practices in order to also build on knowledge and to further develop an insight into the Member role within the Council.
- It is suggested that Members of the Standards Committee consider the timetable of meetings from May 2018 - May 2019 and inform the Democratic Services Officer of the meetings that they would wish to attend. It is therefore suggested that an Independent Member attends one of the meetings (out of the 16 listed) on a quarterly basis with feedback reports to be presented to the Standards Committee every six months on observations made.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
- The Independent Members allowance is set by the L.R. Panel and is subject to a maximum of 10 days per annum as detailed within the Council's Constitution.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
- There are no sustainability and climate change implications as a direct result of this report.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
- The Council has a duty to establish and maintain a Standards Committee as defined by legislation as set out in the Standards Committees Rules and Regulations 2001 and the Standards Committee (Wales) Amendment Regulations 2006.
Crime and Disorder Implications
- None as a direct result of this report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
- None as a direct consequence of this report.
- The report relates to the role of the Standards Committee as detailed in the Council's Constitution.
Policy Framework and Budget
- This is a matter for decision by the Standards Committee.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
- The report does not require consultation to be undertaken.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
- Not applicable.
Mrs. Karen Bowen, Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer, Tel: 01446 709856
Ms. D. Marles, Monitoring Officer