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Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 7th September, 2017 3.30 pm

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Meeting Room 2, Guildhall, Wrexham

Contact: Jane Johnson  Committee Manager

Items
No. Item

11.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Andrew Atkinson.

 

12.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Article 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

 

Minutes:

Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Article 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this meeting. The following declarations were made

 

Agenda Item 7 – Community Council Representative

Community Councillor Geoff Edwards - Personal and Prejudicial – being the current Community Council member on the Committee. The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

13.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 5 July 2017

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 2 March 2017 be signed as a correct record.

 

The Deputy Monitoring Officer informed the Committee that Code of Conduct Training for Town and Community Councillors had been arranged for 3 and 16 October at 4.00pm in the Council Chamber at the Guildhall, Wrexham. Members of the Standards Committee were encouraged to attend and participate at these training sessions. 

14.

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales - Annual Report pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Deputy Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/53/17) informing the Committee of the publication of the Annual Report and Accounts of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales 2016/17 entitled “Innovation, Improvement, Influence”.

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the report be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To inform Members of the work undertaken by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

15.

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales - The Code of Conduct Casebook pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/37/17) to enable Members to consider the recent decisions of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales published in the Code of Conduct Casebook.

 

Members said it was useful to have examples of real cases and have an understanding of the Ombudsman’s approach to allegations of breaches of the Code of Conduct and the penalties imposed, in those cases which were considered by a Standards Committee or the Adjudication Panel for Wales.

 

RESOLVED – That the decisions reported in the Code of Conduct Casebook be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To inform Members of the work undertaken by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

16.

North Wales Standards Committees Forum

To confirm a date for the meeting and consider items for the Agenda.

Minutes:

The Deputy Monitoring Officer reminded Members that it was this Council’s  turn to host the next meeting of the North Wales Standards Committees Forum and it was agreed that the meeting be held at 10.00am on Friday, 24 November 2017 in the Guildhall, Wrexham.

 

It was suggested that a discussion item be included on the Agenda relating to the Code of Conduct Induction Training – how it was delivered in other authorities and best practice.

17.

Any other items which the Chair decides are urgent

Minutes:

The Chair reminded Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel Visit to Wrexham on 19 September to which Co-opted members had been invited to attend.

18.

Community Council Representative pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

(Members declarations of interest in relation to this item are set out in Minute 12 above)

 

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/55/17) to enable the Committee to consider the reappointment of the current Community Council member on the Standards Committee following consultation with all Town and Community Councils and One Voice Wales.

 

The consultation responses were noted.

 

RESOLVED – That the Council be recommended to reappoint Councillor Geoff Edwards, Penycae Community Council, as the Community Council representative on the Standards Committee for the period up to the date of the next Community Council elections or until the Councillor ceases to be a member of a Community Council within the County Borough area, whichever is the shorter.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure the Standards Committee is constituted in accordance with the Standards Committees (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006.