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Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 6th December, 2018 2.00 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: Helen Coomber  Committee Manager

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor I David Bithell, MBE and Mrs Claire Blanchard.

 

18.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 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:

There were no declarations of interest.

19.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 September 2018

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 September 2018 be signed as a correct record.

20.

Code of Conduct for Members - Relations with Officers and Social Media pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Corporate and Customer Services/Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/65/18) to highlight the training given to Members relating to the Code of Conduct focusing on Relations with Officers and Social Media.

 

The Monitoring Officer presented the report and provided a detailed presentation which highlighted the following:

 

·         Governance Framework

·         Principles of Public Life

·         Complying with the Code of Conduct

·         Dealing with Officers and the Code

·         Protocol on Member/Officer relations

·         Access of information and council documents

·         When is information confidential

·         Complaints about breaches

·         Public Services Ombudsman for Wales referral

·         PSOW referral

·         Further example regarding failure to show respect and consideration

·         Use of Social Media

·         PSOW Referral

·         Social media – useful information

 

A debate ensued regarding the use of social media, and whilst it was acknowledged that some users added a disclaimer to their profile stating that their views were their own, Members were reminded that whenever comments were posted, they were in the public domain and in written format.

 

RESOLVED - That the contents of the training for Members be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To inform the Standards Committee of the training provided to Members. 

 

 

21.

Review of Local Resolution Protocol and Procedure pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (HCCS/64/18) asking Members to review the operation of the Local Resolution Protocol and procedure adopted in September 2013.

 

The Monitoring Officer advised that in general, Members felt that the protocol was there to be used whenever the situation merited it, and that the purpose of it was to try and diffuse situations that could have otherwise developed.

 

RESOLVED – That the protocol be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To inform the Standards Committee of the operation of the Members’ Self- Regulatory Protocol and procedure since its adoption in September 2013.