Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Monday, 18th November, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 September 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 2 September 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and Officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

Minutes:

No urgent decisions were reported.

4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted no later than prior to the commencement of the meeting on the card provided.  These are available at the meeting. You can also submit via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions)

Minutes:

No public questions were submitted.

5.

Applications for General Dispensations pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer

 

The report advises the Committee of applications for dispensations from requirements relating to the declarations of interests set out in the Code of Conduct which have been received from Councillors who are Members of Stockport’s Mayoral Development Corporation.

 

The Committee is requested to consider the applications and determine whether the dispensations should be granted.

 

Officer Contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) advising the Committee of applications for dispensations from requirements relating to the declarations of interests set out in the Code of Conduct which had been received from Councillors who were Members of Stockport’s Mayoral Development Corporation.

 

The Committee was reminded that a dispensation could be granted in respect of a particular meeting or for a period not exceeding four years. In this case the dispensation was requested until November 2023 and should extend to cover all Councillors that were appointed to the Board of the Mayoral Development Corporation (either currently or in the future, up to November 2023).

 

RESOLVED – That dispensations be granted to Councillors Elise Wilson, Mark Hunter and Mike Hurleston for the four year period up to November 2023 to allow them to participate in items regarding the Mayoral Development Corporation at Council Meetings, the Cabinet and Council Committees and Working Parties.

6.

Update on the Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer

 

The report updates the Committee following the meeting on 2 September 2019 regarding the action taken on the following resolutions that were made relating to the Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life dated January 2019.

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report and recommend that the ACA definition of Bullying and Harassment be incorporated into the Councillors’ Code of Conduct.

 

Officer Contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) updating the Committee following the meeting on 2 September 2019 regarding the action taken on the resolutions that were made relating to the Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life dated January 2019.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted and the ACA definition of Bullying and Harassment be incorporated into the Councillors’ Code of Conduct.

 

7.

Complaints about Councillors' Conduct during 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 177 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer

 

The report updates the Committee on complaints received about the conduct of Members during the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) updating the Committee on complaints received about the conduct of Members during the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.