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Standards Committee - 28 November 2008

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House28th November 2008

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Friday, 28 November 2008 at 10.00am.

Members of the Committee:-

Independent Members: Valerie Kleanthous (Chairman), Michael Baker (Vice-Chairman), Nigel Gates, Brian Sainsbury and Malcolm Sniders.

Councillors: Tony Barton, Francis Durham and Paul Goggins.

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
20 November 2008

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.  Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2008.

08 07 18 ST mins (doc)

3.

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.

4.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

5.

PARISH CLERKS

 

To consider matters relating to the Code of Conduct raised by Clerks of Parish Councils in the District who have been invited to the meeting.

6.

COMPLAINTS – LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN AND COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

 

To receive the report by the Local Government Ombudsman on complaints dealt with concerning Three Rivers District Council.

 

To look at and comment on the Council’s complaints procedure.

08 11 28 ST i - (06) report on stats - lgo annual letter (doc)

08 11 28 ST i - (06) three rivers annual letter 2008 (pdf)

08 11 28 ST i - (06) ombudsman rpt-app (pdf)

08 11 28 ST i - (06) three rivers statistics 2008 (pdf)

08 11 28 ST i - (06) notes to interpret stats 2008 (doc)

7.

REPORT ON SEVENTH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF STANDARDS COMMITTEES – BIRMINGHAM  13/14 OCTOBER 2008.

 

The Chairman to report on this Conference.

08 11 28 ST i - (07) seventh annual assembly (doc)

08 11 28 ST i - (07) response to vk-app (doc)

8.

ASSESSMENT OF STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

 

To receive information on the number of complaints dealt with by Three Rivers.

08 11 28 ST i - (08) assessment of standards of conduct (doc)

9.

CONSULTATION PAPER ON CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY MEMBERS

 

To consider responses to be made to a consultation paper produced by the Department of  Communities and Local Government (DCLG) proposing a review of the Code of Conduct for Local Authority Members.

08 11 28 ST i - (09) code of conduct (doc)

10.

STANDARDS BOARD FOR ENGLAND – BULLETINS AND CASE DIGEST

 

To note Standard Board  Bulletins 39 and 40 and Case Review 2008 Digest.

08 11 28 ST i - (10) bulletin june 08 (pdf)

08 11 28 ST i - (10) bulletin august 08 (pdf)

11.

GUIDANCE ON REFERENCE TO THE ADJUDICATION PANEL

 

To note the guidance concerning matters referred to the Adjudication Panel.

08 11 28 ST i - (11) guidance on reference to adjudication panel (doc)

12.

FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME

 

To review the Committee’s work programme.

08 11 28 ST i - (12) work prog (doc)

13.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3 above.

14.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If any confidential business is approved under Item 6, 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 6, 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.