Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Offices, Priory Road
Contact: Lynn Eldred 01775 764626
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on:
The minutes of the meetings of the Standards Panel held on 23 April 2014 and 14 May 2014 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To consider the Standards Annual Report 2014/2015 (report of the Democratic Services and Legal Manager and Monitoring Officer is enclosed).
The Panel received a report by the Democratic Services and Legal Manager that set out the work undertaken since the previous Annual Report in April 2014.
Members noted that at the Council meeting on 25 February 2015, Tony Wicks had been reappointed as Independent Person for the period 20 May 2015 – Annual Council May 2019.
The Panel also noted that 10 complaints had been received in 2014/15 compared to 13 in the previous year. Of those complaints, 4 were not to do with a potential breach of the code of conduct and therefore were not appropriate for investigation; following consideration by the Monitoring Officer and Independent Person, 4 were deemed to have no merit in being taken forward, and 2 were still in the process of being considered.
In discussing complaint information, members of the Panel felt that they should like to have more information than that contained in the Annual Report. It was agreed that each time a Decision Notice was issued, it would be copied to all members of the Panel for information.
Members also felt that 12 months between meetings was too long and requested that the panel meets every 6 months.
a) That the Standards Annual Report 2014-15 is noted;
b) That in future, the Standards Panel is sent a copy of each Decision Notice as it is issued; and
c) That the Panel meets every 6 months rather than annually.
Any other business
There was none.