Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Chamber

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

None.

2.

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 27th November 2017 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of Standards Committee held on 27th November 2017 were approved and signed by the Chair.

 

In doing so, the Monitoring Officer informed Members that the updated constitution had been approved by Council.

 

 

 

3.

DRAFT GUIDANCE FROM THE WLGA ON PERSONAL SAFETY FOR MEMBERS AND HANDLING ONLINE ABUSE pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer presented a report for Standards Committee to note two pieces of draft guidance from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) on personal safety and handling online abuse and to provide comment.

 

Councillor Pratt commended the report and suggested that an all Members seminar on safety would be useful.

 

Members discussed the use of social media and recognised the importance of using own judgement to judge situations.  It was added that the Council must send the message that any kind of abuse will not be tolerated.

 

It was again agreed that a Members seminar providing guidance around online abuse would be useful.

 

The Committee resolved to note the WLGA draft guidance documents on personal safety and handling online abuse.

4.

GUIDANCE TO MEMBERS SERVING ON OUTSIDE BODIES pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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Minutes:

Members received a report providing guidance to members serving on outside bodies.

 

It was confirmed that the guidance would be available to Town and Community Councils.  In response to a question regarding responsibility Members were advised to consider what parent body they acting on behalf of.  If ever there was any doubt in these matters Members should contact the Monitoring Officer.

 

In terms of appointments to Outside Bodies, this was a decision made by Council at the AGM.  However, some Outside Bodies may require that the Leader or Cabinet Members be appointed.

 

Clarification was sought around the SRS Business Solutions and SRS Public.

 

In response to a question surrounding political issues, we heard that it is a decision for Council and the leading party can make the appointments.  For example the Gwent Police and Crime Panel has both a Conservative and Labour Member, as it covers the whole of Gwent, which needed to be factored in. The benefits of cross party working was recognised.

 

The Committee resolved to note the guidance to members serving on outside bodies.

 

 

 

5.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ADJUDICATION PANEL FOR WALES 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee were asked to consider the annual report of the Adjudication Panel for Wales (APW) for 2016 -2017.

 

With regards to the case summaries, it was suggested that we write back to APW, and ask that in the interest of transparency they disclose names of the Councillors involved.

 

The Committee resolved to note the contents of the annual report of the APW.

6.

To note the date of next meeting as Monday 18th June 2018 at 10.00am (TBC)

Minutes:

We noted the date of the next meeting.

 

We agreed that a Complaints report will be added to the next agenda.

 

For information, there will be a Standards Conference held at Aberystwyth University on 14th September 2018.

 

Members requested sight of agenda items a month in advance of agenda despatch.