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Standards Committee - 29 May 2008

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House29th May 2008

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Thursday, 29 May 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: To be appointed. 

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

Steven Halls, Chief Executive
20 May 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.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

 

To elect a Chairman for 2008/09 from among the Independent Members.

2.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

MEMBERSHIP

 

To note that Councillor Michael Morton has been nominated as the second Parish Council representative on the Standards Committee and to welcome him as a member of the Committee.

5.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2008 (copy enclosed for Members of the Committee).

08 02 13 ST mins (doc)

6.

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.

7.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

8.

THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2008

 

To receive the Regulations, which cover membership of Standards Committees and arrangements for dealing with allegations of misconduct.

 

08 05 29 ST i - (08) standards cttee regs (pdf)

9.

THE ROLE AND MAKE-UP OF STANDARDS COMMITTEES

 

To receive Guidance from the Standards Board on the role and make-up of Standards Committees.

 

08 05 29 ST i - (09) role and make-up of stds cttees (pdf)

10.

NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR ASSESSING COMPLAINTS

 

(1)

To receive information from the Standards Board set out in Bulletin 38 on the new arrangements for assessing complaints following the publication of the Standards Committee (England) Regulations 2008, featuring a summary of the Regulations, advice on dealing with complaints from the public, an update on the new reporting system and details of the Standards Board’s press toolkit.

 

(2)

To receive:

 

 

(a) Local Assessment of Complaints Guidance; published by the Standards Board for England:

08 05 29 ST i - (10a) bulletin 38 (pdf)

(b) Three Rivers District Council Public Notice ‘Complaints about Councillors, Complaints Form and Guidance Notes, adapted from the Standards Board’s Local Assessment Toolkit.

08 05 29 ST i - (10b) local assessment - guidance (pdf)

08 05 29 ST i - (10c) public notice (website) (doc)

08 05 29 ST i - (10d) 3 rivers complaint form (doc)

08 05 29 ST i - (10e) complaint form - guidance notes (doc)

 

(3)

To consider and approve the arrangements for operating and publicising the new arrangements set out in the above documents.

11.

LOCAL ASSESSMENT – TRAINING EXERCISE

 

To receive and examine case studies supplied by the Standards Board for England illustrating the operation of the new arrangements.

(See documents circulated separately).  A copy has been placed in the Members’ Room.  If you wish to receive a personal copy, please contact the Democratic Services Team on 01923 727249

12.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To note the Committee’s programme of work for the remainder of the Local Government Year.

08 05 29 ST i - (12) work prog (doc)

13.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 6 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 6.