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Standards Committee - 16 July 2010

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House15th July 2010

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Friday, 16 July 2010 at 10am.

Members of the Committee:-

Independent Members: Valerie Kleanthous, Michael Baker, Stephanie Caplan, Nigel Gates, Peter Ratcliffe and Malcolm Sniders.

Councillors: Amrit Mediratta, Peter Wakeling and Ron Spellen.

Parish Councils’ representatives: Parish Councillors John Gell (Sarratt Parish Council) and Michael Morton (Abbots Langley Parish Council).

David Gardner, Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
2 July 2010

The Committee welcomes contributions from Members of the public to its discussion on agenda items.  Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes.  Please note that in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Committee.  Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

 

To elect a Chairman for 2010/11 from among the Independent Members.

2

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meetings held on 16 April 2010.

10 04 16 ST mins (doc)

5.

NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

 

Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 31 to be announced, together with the special circumstances which justify their consideration as a matter of urgency.  The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

6.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

7.

REPORT ON THE STATISTICS RELATING TO THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE COMMISSION FOR LOCAL ADMINISTRATION IN ENGLAND

 

Report on the statistics relating to the complaints received by the Commission for Local Administration in England.

10 07 16 ST i - (07) ombudsmans complaints (doc)

10 07 16 ST i - (07) ombudsmans complaints-app 1 (covering letter) (pdf)

10 07 16 ST i - (07) ombudsmans complaints-app 1 (annual review 2010) (pdf)

10 07 16 ST i - (07) ombudsmans complaints-app 2 (pdf)

8.

COMMUNICATIONS PLAN FOR THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To receive an update from the Communications Manager on the progress of a Communications Plan for the Standards Committee.

10 07 16 ST i - (08) appt of ind member to councils stds ctte (doc)

9.

APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT MEMBER TO THE COUNCIL’S STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To receive a report to be submitted to Council on 20 July 2010 (copy to be circulated at the meeting).

10.

FUTURE OF STANDARDS FOR ENGLAND

 

To note the contents of a letter from Standards for England concerning its future.

10 07 16 ST i - (10) future of standards for england (doc)

11.

UPDATE ON COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To update Members on the number of complaints received.

10 07 16 ST i - (11) complaints received (doc)

12.

TRAINING OF NEW MEMBERS

 

To note the outcome of training for new Members.

13.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To agree the Committee’s work programme.

10 07 16 ST i - (13) work prog (doc)

14.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.

15.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If any confidential business is approved under Item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional item(s) and a resolution to be passed in the following terms:-

 

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Paragraphs 1 to 7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act.  It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”


 

(Note:  If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items).

1.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.