Agenda

Councillor Conduct Committee
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 6.00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 9 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR. View directions

Contact: Teri Reynolds, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 9 January 2019.

3.

Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 

4.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.

 

5.

Guidance for Councillors on Ward Work pdf icon PDF 129 KB

This report sets out updated guidance on handling ward work previously agreed and issued to Councillors by the Councillor Conduct Committee in 2015. The Councillor Conduct Committee is asked to review the guidance at Appendix A which has been updated. It is recommended that the guidance should be re-issued to all Councillors after the local elections in May 2019.

Additional documents:

6.

Guidance for Councillors on Use of Council Resources pdf icon PDF 127 KB

This report sets out updated guidance on use of Council resources. This was previously agreed and issued to Councillors and co-opted members by the Councillor Conduct Committee in 2015. The Councillor Conduct Committee is asked to review the guidance at Appendix A as amended to bring it up to date. It is recommended that the guidance should be re-issued to all Councillors and co-opted members in May 2019.

Additional documents:

7.

Guidance for Councillors Appointed to Outside Bodies and Organisations pdf icon PDF 127 KB

This report sets out updated guidance to appointees to outside bodies and organisations. This was previously agreed and issued to Councillors and co-opted members by the Councillor Conduct Committee in May 2016. The Councillor Conduct Committee is asked to review the updated guidance at Appendix 1, which has been updated, particularly to reflect the increased use in Alternative Business Structures. It is recommended that the guidance should be re-issued to all Councillors and co-opted members after the local elections in May 2019.

Additional documents:

8.

Update on a Review of Local Government Ethical Standards pdf icon PDF 133 KB

This report provides an overview of the key outcomes of the report published in January 2019 by the Committee on Standards in Public Life on the subject of ethical standards in local government. 

Additional documents:

9.

Requests for Dispensation pdf icon PDF 212 KB

This report informs the Committee of dispensations that have been granted by the Monitoring Officer for:

  • A Member of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board
  • A Member who substituted at the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board meeting held on 19 February 2019
  • A Voting Co-optee of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Additional documents:

10.

Exclusion of the press and public pdf icon PDF 78 KB

This report summarises the content of agenda item 11, which, in the opinion of the proper officer, contains exempt information within one of the categories in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. It is a matter for the Committee to determine whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of document. 

11.

Screening of Complaint CCC/2019/001

The Committee is requested to consider a complaint relating to Councillor conduct.