Meeting documents

Standards Committee
Thursday, 24th July, 2008 6.30 pm

Civic Suite, Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea

Attendance Details

Part I
335 Apologies and substitutions.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs Rowswell (substitute Councillor Ms Davison)
336 Declarations of interest.
There were no declarations of interest.
337 Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday, 5th December, 2007

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 5th December 2007 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.
338 The Local Assessment of Complaints against Members

2.1 To agree the establishment of 3 Sub-Committees of the Standards Committee; the Assessment Sub-Committee, the Review Sub-Committee and the Hearing Sub-Committee with the terms of reference at Appendix 1 to the report subject to;

(a) the addition of the words, ‘when the complaint is about a Town Councillor' under the membership of the Review and Hearing Sub-Committees (3rd paragraph).
(b) The status of meetings of the Hearing Sub-Committee should state 'The normal principles of access to Council meetings apply' in accordance with Regulation 8 of the Standards Committee (England) Regulations 2008.

2.2 To agree the "Complaints Against Members Rules" in Appendix 2 to the report as a replacement Part 4(i) of the Constitution comprising:

• New Rules of Procedure for Assessment & Review of Complaints against Members
• Revised Procedure for Local Investigations
• Revising Hearing Procedure Rules

2.3 To endorse the arrangements for dealing with Complaints against Members at Appendix 3 to the report, which has been publicised, subject to the addition of the words ‘mental or' before ‘physical harm' on page 6 of the Complaint Form and the insertion of a reference to co-opted members in the 3rd paragraph of ‘what this means to you' on page 9.

2.4 That a general training session be arranged for all Standards Committee members, with detailed training on conducting a hearing at some time in the future if a hearing is required.

Attendance Details

Rev S Burdett (Chairman), Cllr Mrs D White (Vice-Chairman), Cllr R A H Brown, Cllr A Crystall, Cllr Ms H Davison*, Cllr P Dolby, Cllr Mrs M F Evans, Mrs V Farrell, Cllr Ms J McMahon, Cllr Mrs L P Salter, Cllr M W Terry, Mrs J Tetley

*substitute in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 31.
In attendance:
J K Williams, S Holland and J Baker


338The Committee considered the report by the Corporate Director Support Services No 18 and were provided with the Terms of Reference of the Standards Committe as agreed at Council on 15th May 2008. The Monitoring Officer confirmed that he would correct the typos in Appendices 2 and 3 to the report.


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